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ADM Scientist, Membrane Tech – Decatur, IL in Decatur, Illinois


Job Title:

Scientist, Membrane Tech – Decatur, IL


Research & Development

Job Description:

Scientist, Membrane Tech – Decatur, IL

ADM Research & Development

This is an exempt level position.

ADM has an opening for a Membrane Separations Scientist at our Corporate Research Center located in Decatur, IL!

Job Responsibilities

The Research Process Development Group within ADM S&T (Science and Technology) is seeking a motivated scientist to advance the capabilities of ADM’s membrane separations processes and provide innovative solutions. This individual provides support to all ADM Business Units (Carbohydrate Solutions, Ag Services & Oilseeds, and Nutrition) with goals to support existing process improvement, new product/process development, and sustainability initiatives. The Membrane Separations Scientist is responsible for fostering an inclusive corporate culture to leverage the diversity and different experiences of our talented team.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Serve as subject matter expert for membrane separations for both new and existing ADM processes while partner with Separations Manager, Group Director, and/or Project Managers

  • Align individual and group efforts with core technical capabilities of ADM’s current and future business needs

  • Understand S&T priorities and ensure that prioritized projects have the appropriate involvement and level of technology

  • Support technology development projects by holding others accountable to using S&T’s phase-gated project management structure

  • Partner with ADM Spiral facility manufacturing membranes

  • Be a leader and role model in project execution, project management, and development of RPDG’s core capabilities

  • Active participation in continuous improvement efforts of standard workflows

  • Always uphold ADM’s commitment to safety by living our motto, “SAFE! Or we don’t do it.”

Experience & Requirements

  • An advanced degree (Entry-level PhD, or MS with 5+ years of industry experience) or equivalent experience (BS with 8+ years of industry experience) in Chemical Engineering/Chemistry or related fields

  • Working knowledge of commercial-scale separation processes, multiple unit operations, and fundamental concepts of separation mechanisms

  • Strong interpersonal skills to keep work on track and remove barriers, promote constructive feedback, and motivate diverse group of team members

  • Effective communication skills to engage colleagues in research, operations, and business groups as well as external organizations

  • Enables an inclusive work culture that inspires ideation, collaboration, and an overall sense of belonging

  • Ability to function within a matrix project management environment, often functioning as a matrix project leader guiding the technical direction of project and driving scientific excellence

  • Experience with project management tools

  • Uncompromising commitment to safety


  • Travel up to 10%

  • Comfortable managing/participating in various projects concurrently

  • Candidate will further ADM’s capabilities utilizing membrane separations

  • Candidate will be responsible for experimental design in labs, pilot locations, and production plants

  • Candidates with additional experience in the area of separations including simulated moving bed chromatography, crystallization, ion exchange, and/or centrifugation would be preferred.

  • Candidate will need to work within established company and laboratory safety guidelines

  • Willingness to spend time in plant production areas, tolerate extreme temperatures and weather conditions, walk long distances, stand, climb stairs and ladders and move through close spaces

Core Competencies

  • Communication, scientific aptitude, integrity, mechanical aptitude, problem solving, ability to work independently as well as in a diverse team, detail oriented, and safety commitment.

This position offers a complete benefit package, including 401K/ESOP, pension, health, life and dental insurance. ​

ADM requires the successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen and a background check. 





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ADM is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability and veterans status.

About ADM::

ADM unlocks the power of nature to enrich the quality of life. We're a premier global human and animal nutrition company, delivering solutions today with an eye to the future. We're blazing new trails in health and well-being as our scientists develop groundbreaking products to support healthier living. We're a cutting-edge innovator leading the way to a new future of plant-based consumer and industrial solutions to replace petroleum-based products. We're an unmatched agricultural supply chain manager and processor, providing food security by connecting local needs with global capabilities. And we're a leader in sustainability, scaling across entire value chains to help decarbonize our industry and safeguard our planet. From the seed of the idea to the outcome of the solution, we give customers an edge in solving the nutritional and sustainability challenges of today and tomorrow. Learn more at www.adm.com and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXEP0IEVI70.