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Associate Scientist Columbus, OH
Abbot Laboratories





Abbott is a global healthcare company devoted to improving life through the development of products and technologies that span the breadth of healthcare. With a portfolio of leading, science-based offerings in diagnostics, medical devices, nutritionals and branded generic pharmaceuticals, Abbott serves people in more than 150 countries and employs approximately 73,000 people. Please note that candidates need to be eligible to work in the U.S. without Abbott sponsorship.


Managing the Employee Consumer Panel this includes:

  • Understanding of the objectives and details of each project
  • Communication with key staff prior to, during, and after completion of sensory work
  • Ensuring that electronic questionnaires are prepared and ready for use
  • Ensuring that samples are prepared and presented correctly for sensory evaluation
  • Making sure that the sensory area remains clean and has the supplies needed to conduct the panels
  • Execution of the employee consumer panel
  • Data Analysis and Reporting ensuring that sensory data is analyzed, interpreted, summarized, and communicated effectively and in a timely fashion.
  • Managing panelist compensation
  • Keeping management and colleagues informed about current and pending


Additional responsibilities may include:

  • Leading and/or participating in descriptive panels
  • Coordinating activities related to on-going training and monitoring of descriptive panelists
  • Representing sensory on project teams
  • Assisting with sample check-ins
  • Assisting with external consumer testing
  • Assisting with Kids Panel
  • Coordinating and/or assisting with plant training


Skills/Experience Requirements:

  • Minimum of a B.S. degree in Food Science or closely related field, MS preferred.  Sensory experience with descriptive analysis is also preferred. 
  • Qualitative and quantitative consumer testing methodologies are a plus. 
  • Good communication skills required. 
  • No food allergies/restrictions


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