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R&D Associate Scientist

Valhalla, NY



Research & Development

         Supports projects and coordinates internal research directed towards the discovery and testing of new sugar reduction tools

         Executes research that define physicochemical properties of sugar reduction tools

Accountabilities Measures

         Executes research defining sugar reduction tool thermal, photo, and pH stability

         Documentation of research using electronic lab notebooks, compiling and presenting data, and archiving research appropriately

         Provide research updates at bi-weekly meetings

         Ensure laboratory equipment functions properly, and maintain consumables stores

         Supports broader team with the development of sugar reduction tools

         Demonstrates the skills necessary to efficiently test ingredients and avoid ingredient back logs

         Generate reports and presentations summarizing results of each ingredient tested and archive data

         Demonstrate task ownership and the organizational skills necessary to effectively move ingredients through the screening phase for transfer to Product Applications

Key Challenges

         Execute ingredient physicochemical testing independently and support senior scientists managing each ingredient project.

         Ability to maintain sound relationships with internal partners via communication of project needs and timing.

         Ability to manage, balance, and prioritize multiple ingredient projects to assure appropriate internal support is provided, and that data and communications are generated real time/organized appropriately.

         Ability to compile data and research reports independently to drive through put.

         Remaining flexible and comfortable doing both scientific critical thinking and routine applied bench work.

Critical Competencies

         A team player that assumes ownership of assignments with sound organizational and planning skills

         Good technical writing and communication skills including Excel and PowerPoint functionality

         Open-minded, innovative, takes initiatives, and a practical problem-solver

         Ability to work on multiple priorities at one time

         Report relevant observation of unexpected events during experiments

         Excellent technical bench skills for quantitative sample and stock solution preparation

         Experience preparing beverage and syrup samples, and conducting directional sensory testing protocols

         Programming experience translatable to Excel macros is desired

         Solid background in organic and physical chemistry is desired

Knowledge & Experience

         BS in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Food Science or related fields with 1-2 years' industry experience

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin,
protected veteran status, or disability status.
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Job Ref: 79540BR


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