The R&D Research team has an
immediate opening for Scientist to join their growing group. Key aspects of
this role include intellectual leadership, expansion of knowledge base,
management of projects, and effective interaction with customers. Enable
the overall success of the company by supporting all other functional
areas, in particular, Sales, Quality Assurance, Marketing, and
ESSENTIAL DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES
include the following:
- Provide and maintain a safe,
accident-free laboratory environment.
- Plan and execute laboratory
application projects for specific business needs and initiatives as
well as those for customers as submitted by the sales team including
but not limited to conducting a rheological analysis and checking the
performance of a TIC gum blend in a specific application, or
developing an entirely new texture ingredient system.
- Participate in and help to
lead customer production trials that are focused on the implementation
of a TIC product.
- Effectively manage projects
by planning, designing, and scheduling experiments. Ensure proper
execution of experiments through effective use of time and resources.
Generate and evaluate data. Draw conclusions and use them to design
the next set of experiments as needed.
- Design and execute experiments
in the lab or in the pilot plant to determine how specific
hydrocolloids, or systems of hydrocolloids, behave in specific food
- As necessary, supervise the
execution and completion of projects assigned to Lab Technicians.
Provide guidance to Lab Technicians with respect to overall
performance and career development in the form of performance
- Working independently on long
term project assignments. Responsible for completing assigned projects
in a timely fashion using an appropriate experimental design and
reporting status of projects as they progress with a final summary in
the company designated data base system.
- Prepare and/or complete
specifications, nutritional information, and MSDS documentation for
new products and processes.
- Serve as technical support
within TIC Gums by: answering technical hot line, responding to
technical review, and participating in customer sales calls in support
of sales. Provide leadership for method development, product
troubleshooting, customer audits, and maintaining the integrity of the
Quality Management System in support of Quality Assurance. Provide
trouble shooting support, process scale-up and transfer, process
optimization and training in support of Manufacturing.
- Preparing and presenting
information at technical meetings, trade shows, and customer visits.
Generate literature and attend trade shows in support of marketing.
Provide in-house and external training to internal and external
customers on the science, technology and application of hydrocolloid
- Demonstrate intellectual
leadership by staying abreast of recent scientific hydrocolloid
findings that pertain to relevant technical areas. Apply creativity
along with the scientific method to generate new learning’s that can
be used to develop new and successful products and processes. Identify
and address capability gaps in terms of knowledge, equipment and
facilities and work with management to address these gaps.
- Protect TIC Gums intellectual
property and where applicable, assist in the generation and
maintenance of patents. Maintain a working knowledge of all phases of
customer-based product development. Maintaining a legible and
organized laboratory book of all assigned projects.
- Responsible for the daily
upkeep of the laboratory (including the pilot plant) and all
- Performing other duties as
Directly supervises R&D lab technicians when assigned.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:
The position requires a minimum of a Bachelor’s of Science in Food Science,
Chemistry, Engineering or a related technical discipline with three (3) or
more years relevant experience with a preference for a MS degree.
Work-related experience in product development and supervisory experience
SPECIAL SKILLS and ABILITIES:
Good time management and multi-tasking ability required. Should be computer
literate with knowledge of Microsoft Office, Outlook, and all pertinent
R&D software. This position is in regular contact with the Salesforce,
Marketing, Manufacturing, Quality Assurance as well as external customers.
Travel required: 25% travel required
Job Type: Full-time
- Food Science, Food
Ingredients, Hydrocolloids, Commercialization: 3 years