BioKyowa contributes to the health and well-being of people worldwide with leading-edge fermentation technology.  Our production is technically based, quality focused, and the skill level of our employees is demanding. 

We offer a comprehensive benefits package.  BioKyowa takes great pride in offering a competitive benefits package to attract and reward our employees.   

We employ high quality people in areas of logistics, packaging, manufacturing, maintenance, and highly technical areas such as laboratory and engineering.  If you are interested in a career with BioKyowa, please email your resume to or mail to:

BioKyowa Inc.
Attn:  Human Resources
P.O. Box 1550
Cape Girardeau, MO 63702-1550

BioKyowa is an equal opportunity employer.  We offer a drug free and smoke free work site where safety of our employees is the top priority.

Current Job Openings

Research Assistant


BioKyowa is a leading biochemical manufacturer located in Southeast Missouri producing high grade premium amino acids that are used in the food and pharmaceutical industry. We strive to contribute to the health and well-being of people around the world by creating new value through the pursuit of advances of life sciences and technologies.

Position Summary:

The Research Assistant will work with in a creative and diverse Technical department in continued efforts to improve processes and equipment for optimum production output and product quality. The work is project-based with a responsibility to provide meaningful data, conclusions, and recommendations for process improvements.


Base work schedule is Monday thru Friday, 8 am - 4:30 pm with overtime as needed for business necessity. Evenings and weekends may be necessary on occasion due to project needs.

Hourly wage is based on experience and education, up to $26.51 maximum rate. BioKyowa offers an excellent benefit package including medical, prescription drug and dental insurance, FSA/HSA, life and disability insurance, 401k match and profit sharing, vacation and sick leave time.

Position Requirements:

Associates degree in relevant area of science (chemistry, biomedical, biotechnology, etc) required; bachelor’s degree preferred.
Strong mathematical ability and mechanical aptitude
Proven ability to communicate effectively with multiple stakeholders
Time management skills and ability to manage multiple priorities and deadlines
Proficient with MS Office
Motivation to learn and develop into lead roles

Preferred Attributes:

Manufacturing and/or chemical plant experience preferred
Strong laboratory aptitude preferred

General Job Duties:

Overall research and development targeted at process improvements and project development
Collection, entry, maintenance, analysis, reporting, and presentation of technical data as required for projects
Analyze data, make calculations, forecast trends, and develop conclusions
Pull samples, make accurate dilutions and microscopic examinations, test and analyze products and samples, conduct assay testing, measure critical parameters, such as iron, chemical, ammonia, OD, pH, viscosity, and calibration
Create, maintain, and revise SOP's and deviations as required
Conduct pilot testing for new products or processes
Regular and accurate collection and reporting of data

Quality/Safety Requirements:

Minimal facial hair, minimal makeup, no jewelry, false fingernails, nail polish, hair extensions, wigs, toupees, cologne or perfume. Long hair must be tied up for safety reasons. Facility is a non-smoking, non-tobacco facility.

QC Lab Analyst

General Responsibilities:

Responsible for performance analysis on samples and finished product testing; accurately make up reagents and standards; maintain quality and quantity of reagents, trace ingredients, standards, and samples; collection and recording of data; analysis of the final product, microbial testing, quality assurance of finished products, raw materials, and in-process analysis. Position responsible for cGMP, HACCP, and ISO guidelines, and adhering to all quality and safety guidelines.


8-hour day shift for training purposes; will transition to 12-hour rotating shift position with potential for overtime. Rotates as first week as 3-12 hour days with second week as 4-12 hour days.

Position Requirements:

Associate's degree or qualifying Bachelor-level credits in a science discipline with relevant coursework in chemistry and organic chemistry; 1-2 years of prior lab experience; strong analytical and deductive reasoning skills; solid communication and comprehension skills; a proven ability to work independently and to prioritize tasks; strong desire to achieve goals and to collaborate with multiple departments to improve processes for optimum production.

Minimum Physical Requirements:

Ability to work efficiently unsupervised for prolonged periods. Must be able to remain in a stationary position 75% of the time while conducting tests. Must be able to move about for long distances between buildings, occasionally ascend/descend stairs, ladders, or work atop platforms 20% of the time. Occasionally move or position objects and/or boxes up to 50 pounds to various areas. Must be able to detect overhead paging and alarm systems and ability to express oneself and exchange information.

Associate Software Engineer

We are in need of an Associate Software Engineer to join our creative and diverse team!  This position will be responsible for participating in and understanding the entire software development life cycle.  General administrative duties related to in-house software solutions will also be required.  The ideal candidate will be able to take the initiative to identify improvements in the existing processes, suggest technological solutions, and implement those solutions.  The position will receive standardized training to ensure their knowledge of our processes, technologies, and programming languages are sufficient.


BS degree in Computer Science, CIS, or related field of study (preferred)
Comparable professional experience also accepted
Knowledge of object-oriented design and version control concepts
Knowledge of at least one modern language (Python, Java, C#, etc)
Basic knowledge of web development languages (HTML, CSS, and JavaScript)
Understanding of SQL and relational database modeling concepts
Understanding of the Software Development cycle
Ability to prioritize tasks and manage time efficiently
Excellent communication skills

Duties and Responsibilities:

Work in a team to analyze, implement, and test software solutions
Create documentation, flowcharts, and diagrams for presentation
Perform code reviews, eliminate bugs, and test solutions
Active contribution to existing and future software solutions
Administration and maintenance of existing and future software solutions
Develop an understanding of the existing codebase and related production processes
Actively interacting with team members from a variety of technical backgrounds.


This is a non-exempt position with standard office hours of Monday thru Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm.  All applicants must be legally eligible to work in the US (no sponsorship is provided).  Excellent benefits include medical, dental, prescription health insurance, 401k, vacation, holidays, life insurance and disability.


Production Technician/Plant Operator

General Responsibilities:

Responsible for operation of drumming and packaging equipment for all products per SOP guidelines.  Opportunity to move into plant production of amino acids in Extraction or Fermentation.


12-hour rotating shift position with potential for overtime. Rotates as first week as 3-12 hour days with second week as 4-12 hour days, includes days, evenings, weekends on rotation.

Position Requirements:

High school diploma or equivalent; must meet minimum testing requirements; strong mechanical aptitude required; good communication, problem solving, and reasoning skills required; ability to read and comprehend written instructions required; ability to accurately complete required documentation in timely manner.

Prior experience in manufacturing and/or a food-grade industry is preferred.  Candidates should be self-motivated individuals with the ability to work under minimal supervision, or as a contributing member of a production team.  We are looking for candidates who are flexible, take the initiative to learn, and who have a desire to grow and advance within the company.

Minimum Physical Requirements:

Able to regularly stand, walk, sit, bend, reach, climb up/down stairs, ladders, platforms, in/out of tanks, lift up to 50 pounds.  Must be able to communicate effectively in speech, written, and nonverbal forms; able to hear and respond to the overhead paging and alarm system; available for overtime and call-ins as needed.

Working Environment:

Strong safety and Team oriented, employee works a rotating 12-hour rotating shift, alternating between days and nights every two weeks.  Production facility is subject to extremes in temperature and loud machinery noises which requires hearing protection when applicable.  May have steam and dust from equipment, damp and musty from process.  Some regular work in high places and confined spaces.  Smells in facility range from sweet to pungent.  Various chemical products used in working areas and in facility.