As an Environmental Microbiologist you will be responsible for setting up and managing a state-of-the-art environmental microbiology lab, driving knowledge creation on biodegradable polymers and biodegradation processes to guide and support the development of novel packaging solutions at Nestlé.
You will build scientific and technical competencies in microbial transformation processes for various polymeric materials and derive innovative end-of-life solutions for bioplastics.
Demonstrating interdisciplinary cooperativity and in-depth knowledge in solid waste treatment and environmental microbiology techniques as well as your ability to translate ideas into concepts will be key for this role.
A day in the life of a Research Scientist in Environmental Microbiology or Biotechnology
Build a state-of-the-art environmental microbiology laboratory and lead hands-on experimental work through your extensive expertise in microbial transformation reactions / processes
Recommend, drive and deliver research projects that enhance the scientific understanding and practical implications of the molecular mechanisms of biodegradation by studying microbial communities and their biological activities on polymeric materials
Translate scientific findings into innovative end-of-life solutions and concepts that drive sustainability and a future circular economy in packaging industry
Build interdisciplinary collaborations internally as well as externally with universities and companies
Coach and guide scientists, technicians and students
What will make you successful
PhD or Post-Doc in Environmental Biotechnology / Microbiology / Engineering
Extensive expertise in the area of microbial transformation and valorization of waste feedstocks with extensive hands-on experiences in anaerobic / aerobic fermentation, wastewater treatment and / or composting;
experiences in bioremediation (soil, water, etc.) and / or biorefinery is a plus
In-depth knowledge on microbial degradation and transformation of (insoluble) complex substrates, natural polymers, bioplastics and / or chemical pollutants
Good hands-on experiences and motivated in building experimental setups for fermentations , bioreactors and analytical periphery applied to complex microbial transformation processes
Solid experiences in experimental design (DoE) and analytical development (e.g., GC, HPLC, Mass Spectrometry, BOD, COD, gas analysis) for microbial and enzymatic degradation as well as biodiversity studies ( molecular biology techniques )
Expertise and knowledge of laboratory management (e.g. SOPs, GLP, LIMS, QSHE)
Experiences in isolating, handling & characterizing environmental samples
Excels in an interdisciplinary environment, able to translate his / her knowledge and skills to other research fields and people of different background, experiences in managing scientific collaborations
Pro-active, open-minded team player with good communication and presentation skills
Fluent in English (oral & written), French is a plus
The Nestlé Group is the world’s largest food and beverage company with 91.4 billion Swiss Francs in sales in 2018. It is present in 190 countries around the world, has 413 factories and its 308,000 employees are committed to Nestlé’s purpose of enhancing quality of life and contributing to a healthier future.
Nestlé offers a wide portfolio of products and services for people and their pets throughout their lives. Its more than 2000 brands range from global icons like Nescafé or Nespresso to local favourites.
Company performance is driven by its Nutrition, Health and Wellness strategy. Nestlé is based in the Swiss town of Vevey where it was founded more than 150 years ago.