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Microbiologist I


Northfield, IL, US, 60093

Job Description

Seeking a talented individual to join the Antimicrobial Product Development team. He/she will play a key role in supporting disinfectant formulations and customer requests to support the Biocide business.         

•Independently carry out standard test methods that satisfy requirements for EPA-registered disinfectants
•Independently and through technical collaboration, engage in research and product development activities, draw conclusions based on experimental work
•Work on multiple projects simultaneously, with the ability to balance priorities within a fast-paced environment
•Complete all required documentation for full traceability
•Communicate results to the team and management in a timely fashion
•Keep an organized, up-to-date laboratory notebook and practice detailed documentation of work according to GLP requirements
•Ensure smooth operation of microbiology laboratory. This includes helping to stock lab supplies, media preparation, decontamination of waste and other routine lab operations
•Contributes to and actively participates in safety/waste programs and steadfastly adheres to safety policies/standards
•Weekend work as required to maintain cultures


•    1+ years of experience
•    Strong foundation in practical laboratory and research skills in Microbiology 
•    Chemistry knowledge (organic &physical) is desired, but not essential
•    Working knowledge of GLPs is a plus
•    Excellent communication (oral and written), organizational, and interpersonal skills
•    Strong initiative and superb attention to detail
•    Ability to work with cross-functional teams
•    We are searching for creative individuals with a passion for technical learning, problem solving and innate curiosity. 
•    Successful candidates within Stepan are action-oriented, well-organized and are adept at balancing priorities in a fast-paced environment


•    Bachelors of Science in Microbiology or similar field

Established in 1932, Stepan Company is a major manufacturer of basic and intermediate chemicals including surfactants, polymers, as well as specialty ingredients that go into consumer, household, and institutional products such as laundry detergents, shampoos, and surface cleaners. Stepan Company currently has 20 global manufacturing locations and over 2,000 employees. We have a strong record of growth. Our growth allows us to provide meaningful career opportunities and stability to our team members. We have big goals at Stepan and know every team member will be crucial to achieving our objectives. Regardless of function, we are looking for team members who bring with them a growth mindset, an entrepreneurial spirit, and the ability to thrive in an evolving environment.


We celebrate diversity at Stepan and are committed to creating a diverse, inclusive environment. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, disability, age, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law.





Stepan is a global specialty and intermediate chemical manufacturer that has been serving a broad range of industries for 88 years. Today, Stepan is a $2 billion revenue company. Our continued success is driven by the passion and commitment of our 2,200 employees around the world.

Why Work At Stepan?

  1. Stable & Growing
  2. Collaborative Environment
  3. Make a Difference & Be Recognized
  4. Committed to Safety & Sustainability
  5. Value Driven Culture

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