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Associate Food Scientist
Jennie-O Turkey Store - Willmar, MN



  Under the close supervision of a more senior staff member, he/she is responsible for technical studies directed toward the solution of entire problems or of assigned portions of complex technical problems.

  Research and identify potential process intervention strategies suitable for testing in a plant or live production environment.

  To execute and design experimental procedures expected to yield information on his/her problem. To execute test protocols in the pilot plant; production facility; or live production facility and collect data to yield information on his/her problem.

  To lead a number of professional and non-professional personnel junior to himself/herself in the pursuit of his/her technical studies.

  To collaborate with staff members of other disciplines from within and outside of the company on his/her assignments.

  To gather information and to record observations and analyze same as required to become familiar with the various aspects of the problem at hand.

  To prepare reports on problems assigned. Offer input on the decision making process relative to the projects she/he works on.

  Work closely with operations to test and implement food safety intervention and process improvements.

  To be able to assemble or supervise the assembly of apparatus or equipment for required experiments and follow good laboratory practices when working with cultures and chemicals in the lab. Display proper aseptic technique for taking laboratory samples for microbiological assays.

  To understand the chemical and biological hazards associated with the materials being used in the protocols being tested.

  To conduct laboratory challenge studies with various antimicrobial interventions vs. pathogenic bacteria such as Salmonella.

  Leads, trains, and assigns work to lower level technicians as assigned.

  Completes smokehouse operator certification requirements.

  Performs other duties as assigned. Minimum Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor of Science degree in one of the following areas: Food Science, Meat Science, Animal Science, Microbiology, Biology, or Chemistry
  • Effective analytical skills
  • Strong organization, written and verbal communication skills
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills, including leadership and decision making
  • The ability and initiative to identify problems and opportunities, and to develop, recommend, and implement effective solutions and courses of action
  • The ability to work independently with limited supervision

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A Master's degree in one of the following areas: Food Science, Meat Science, Animal Science, Microbiology, or Biology.
  • A background in microbiology

Excellent pay and benefit package including health, dental, vision, life & disability insurance, vacation, 401K, pension, continuing education and much more. Benefit Eligibility within 31 days and relocation assistance provided to eligible participants.

EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled


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