Fermentation Scientist

Shiok Meats is seeking to hire a Fermentation Scientist who will work closely with media development scientists and cell line scientists to extract nutrients from novel ingredients, design experiments, perform analyses, and optimize nutrient formulation for cell-based seafood in a variety of species.


  • Full-time
  • Singapore

Required background:

  • Masters in Microbiology/biochemistry or related field with more than 3 years of experience in fermentation
  • PhD in Microbiology/biochemistry or related field with more than 2 years fermentation post-graduate experience

Preferred experience:

  • Fermentation of novel substates and process development
  • Buffer chemistry, filtration processes and biochemical analytical techniques
  • Media/platform optimization
  • Screening and optimization of cell culture media for cell growth
  • Strong understanding of statistical analysis and design of experiments (DOE)
  • Invertebrate/seafood cell culture or developmental biology
  • Cell culture of satellite cells or myoblasts

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop and optimize fermentation process for novel substrates for media development
  • Characterize nutrient profile of fermented substrates
  • Screening of cell culture media optimal for cell growth
  • Maintain cells in culture including routine media exchange, harvest, and sampling
  • Conduct review of literature and make recommendations for application to current process issues
  • Identify and meet with external vendors and resources where appropriate and oversee external projects required to accomplish project goals
  • Rigorous documentation of experimental procedures and data
  • Communicate results and data in a timely and effective manner
  • Provide guidance and supervise junior scientists or associates
  • Contribute to regulatory submissions and inspections as appropriate as a subject matter expert representing fermentation process
  • Manage lab, equipment and ordering of consumables


  • Strongly motivated and believes in mission to bring crustacean meat to market
  • Ability to think out of the box
  • Works well independently
  • Able to independently design, execute, and interpret laboratory experiments to answer specific scientific questions
  • Meticulous and familiar with aseptic techniques
  • Self-starter, energizing, results oriented, and able to multi-task 
  • Must be forward-thinking and be able to lead and contribute to scientific/technical discussions
  • Able to independently learn, understand and execute novel/advanced scientific techniques
  • Strong time-management and organizational skills
  • Have great attention to detail and ability to keep detailed written records in an electronic notebook or batch record
  • Have strong communication skills including verbal, written, and scientific data presentation to a variety of audiences
  • Interest to lead an expanding research team
  • Able to work collaboratively within and outside of the group


The position is full-time and the candidate will be compensated similar to industry standards. We are definitely willing to negotiate!


To apply, please send a cover letter, 2-page CV and expected salary here.

Due to a high volume of incoming applications, we will not be able to respond to all applicants. Only shortlisted applicants will be notified for interviews. Also, we will not entertain applications received via LinkedIn or other platforms.

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