Associate Scientist, Wet Pet
Food - Des Moines, IA Kemin Industries, Inc.
times are in Pacific Standard Time.
Research & Development
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function of this position is to conduct applied research in the area of palatant evaluation and palatability improvement in
various forms of cat and dog wet food. The candidate should have skills
allowing for the preparation and processing of different types of wet pet
food (canned, frozen, fresh, loaves) and the use of palatants
to improve the organoleptic properties of these products.
Compile information on
equipment and processes required preparing samples and prototypes in the
various canned, pouch and loaf formats.
Utilize current methods used to
improve palatability in various forms of preserved wet pet food.
Develop new methods of
utilizing liquid and dry palatants for
improving palatability of canned pet foods.
Monitor and read contemporary
technical materials and report on new developments described in the
literature and at technical meetings and conferences.
Maintain certification status
with regard to preparing retorted pet foods.
Initiate and lead product
development efforts at bench, pilot and production scales. When
necessary, refine production protocols leading to performance
improvement and cost savings. Execute a continuous evaluation of new and
existing ingredients and technologies with regard to their
functionality, implementation and feasibility.
Prepare project summaries for
internal and external use. Prepare formal project summary reports for
Prepare patent applications
concurrent with the development of novel and proprietary technical
innovations when appropriate.
Participate at Product
Innovation Process meetings to facilitate development of new products
and/or processes. Based on priorities established, participate in
Participate in the internal and
external communication of results via scientific papers, conferences and
Ensure all tasks are followed
according to Kemin’s system procedures and
internal instructions of the quality system.
Work closely with other
functional areas to ensure that new technologies are developed in an
efficient and timely fashion.
Interact with Product
Management and Technical team to address technical questions and provide
solutions to problems.
Be knowledgeable in and
interact with Regulatory Affairs group to insure research efforts are in
keeping with current industry and governmental policies.
Undergraduate degree in
chemistry, biochemistry, food science or equivalent. Graduate degree
preferred. At least 5 years’ experience in an industrial research
setting is preferred.
Experience in the area of low
acid food preservation using application-relevant processing equipment
and other techniques.
Experience as an effective
project team player, leader, and motivator.