Research Scientist_Engineer
Sioux Falls, SD

About $44,000 - $58,000 a year


At POET Research Inc., our vision is to discover and deliver a robust portfolio of high value process and product innovations that utilize renewable resources as effectively as possible.


POET Research Scientists/Engineers dream big to identify creative solutions to everyday POET product or process challenges. From idea generation and experiment design to commercialization of the product or process, our Research Scientists/Engineers collaborate with the best in the industry to create valuable technology developments for POET.


You enjoy solving problems. You don’t get flustered when things don’t go according to plan. You love taking on challenges and finding creative solutions.
You are a curious individual and not afraid to ask questions as you’re always looking to improve and understand how things work. You are even willing to get your hands dirty from time to time.
You communicate effectively with sound technical writing abilities and can explain complicated scientific information to a non-technical audience in a way they understand.
You pay attention to the details. For you, anything worth doing is worth doing right, every time.
You are a learner. You are not afraid of taking on new things and stretching yourself.

A TYPICAL DAY (if there is one…)

Design projects, set up and run experiments that solve critical business issues or have potential to progress POET’s commercial goals.
Generate, compile and analyze data, lots and lots of data!
Translate results and recommendations to diverse audiences in a way that anyone can understand.
Investigate new opportunities related to business needs.
Since we’re all about teamwork and getting the job done, your skill may be put to use helping other team member projects or experiments!


Degree, or equivalent industry experience, in Microbiology, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering or related science.
Comfort and familiarity working in a lab.
Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite programs to write emails, conduct research, write experiments, present scientific findings.

Master’s degree or Ph.D. in related science field.
Specific knowledge of bio-based technologies and development processes.
Experience with specific analytical instruments (HPLC, IC, NIR, etc.).
Experience with LIMS, SharePoint, Maximo and other software programs.

Culture is king at POET. We’re all on the same team. We always communicate. And we park our egos at the door. These aren’t just slogans on our walls. It’s our code.We foster a culture of safe behavior at all times and in all environments, no exceptions.
Most work will be performed in an office, laboratory and bioprocessing plant environments. This could include:
Working at a computer for extended periods.
Standing at the lab bench for extended periods.
Wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) while working with chemicals or in dusty environments.
Regularly bending, twisting and turning while lifting weights up to five (5) pounds. Occasionally this will be done with heavier items, up to fifty (50) pounds.
Occasionally lifting weights greater than fifty (50) pounds with assistance.
Performing mechanical repair/maintenance of equipment.
Exposure to different environments (cold, heat, climbing to heights, confined spaces, etc.) when working at the plants.
You may have occasional (25%) travel to attend conferences, collaboration meetings, or support POET entities in the implementation of your projects or experiments. POET values work life balance and is intentional about time away from home.
We are a team and support each other in our work and play! Team members have the opportunity to participate in POET sponsored volunteer opportunities and community events, as well as sharing hobbies with coworkers.

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POET is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or veteran status.