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InnoTech Alberta is seeking a qualified scientist or engineer to assist with and lead the identification, evaluation, design and execution of fermentation processes and downstream processes for clients and partners. Oversight of day-to-day client service delivery with a focus on technical deliverables, quality control, and project development and execution will be key activities.


Are you our Technical Lead, Fermentation? You would be a good fit for this position if you:

  • Are passionate about fermentation and providing innovative leadership and utilizing your technical exeritise to develop opportunity for future projects  
  • Excel at using your expertise to lead, mentor, and develop others
  • Enjoy building positive and productive collaborative working relationships with internal and external stakeholders


We are game changers

InnoTech Alberta, a wholly owned subsidiary of Alberta Innovates, is a leading Research and Technology Organization established by the Government of Alberta to serve the needs of industry, innovation ecosystem & academia.  Offering a diversified range of scientific, engineering, and technological research expertise and experience, and unique industrial-scale research infrastructure, equipment, and demonstration facilities, InnoTech Alberta accelerates and de-risks technology research, development, and deployment with focus on industrial solutions and innovation advancement.  With a reputation for quality service and a long history of impacts in Alberta’s economy going back a century, our multidisciplinary team has the depth of experience to work across all sectors, from energy to environment to fibre and bio-industrial.


Intrigued? Here’s some more information about the position:

The Fermentation Team, located in Edmonton Alberta, is focused on bringing new biological products to market and provides scale up and de-risking services using fermentation technologies. The team operates a large-scale industrial fermentation plant that requires shift and weekend work as the fermentation plant operates 24/7. 

The successful incumbent will report to the Team Manager/Senior Scientist and areas of responsibility will include supervision and execution of all aspects of delivery of fermentation services including (but not limited to) the following:

  • Responsible for business development including monitoring and analyzing industry market intelligence, industry best practices and emerging trends
  • Evaluation of client processes and design of optimized solutions
  • Specification and configuration of process equipment to achieve process solutions
  • Scale up studies
  • Preparation of proposals and other administrative documentation as required
  • Preparation of batch records
  • Coordination of supplies and product delivery
  • Execution of projects in the lab and on the plant floor and the associated data management
  • Oversight of general microbial lab duties
  • Oversight of operations and maintenance including scheduling and prioritization of tasks for the workforce and quality assurance
  • Oversight of staff and staff development including monitoring of productivity, work quality, workloads, deliverability of results, and adherence to policies and standards
  • Supports the team operational and capital financial planning, forecasting, budgeting, and reporting activities


The incumbent should expect to migrate through various operational positions of the fermentation facility, to ensure a strong familiarity with all aspects of the operation is acquired. Therefore flexible work hours and the ability to work in an industrial setting and lift up to 50 lbs is required.



  • A University degree, preferably at the graduate level in biochemical engineering, biological science, industrial microbiology, or a related field
    • Candidates with extended work experience, combined with education in a related discipline will be considered
  • 5 years of progressively responsible experience in large scale industrial fermentation and contract production
    • 7+ years of relevant technical experience is preferred
  • Familiarity with process equipment, process design and process automation
  • Strong computing capabilities
  • Demonstrated ability to work with and manage staff in a team environment (ideally 4 years or more)
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain client and stakeholder relationships
  • Strong track record for generating technical proposals and securing contracts, and establishing research programs
  • Ability to generate respect and trust from staff and external stakeholders
  • Strong operational planning skills, priority management approach, and delegation abilities
  • Strong verbal, written, listening and interpersonal skills to convey concepts and information
  • People management, leadership, and coaching skills
  • Project management and delivery skills
  • Negotiation, conflict management, problem solving and decision-making skills
  • Financial management and business development skills
  • Creative and technically oriented
  • Proactive and demonstrates initiative
  • Presentation skills
  • Attention to detail
  • A valid driver’s license is required



Why InnoTech Alberta?

At InnoTech Alberta, we respect diversity and embrace an inclusive culture. We value uniqueness and different perspectives as they play a critical role in our success. To achieve this, individuals are selected based on qualifications, merit, and abilities and we encourage applications from all backgrounds to apply.  


The final candidate will be required to undergo a security clearance. All interviewees must be able to meet the requirement specified in the Physical Demand Analysis. This document will be supplied during the interview process to the successful candidate. This competition will remain open until a successful candidate is found.