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Sr. Food Scientist Applications San Francisco, CA

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An opportunity is available at Solazyme Roquette Nutritionals to join the Applications Research and Technical Services group as we commercialize our algal powders and oils in the global food ingredients market.

The ideal candidate will bring their significant experience and boundless enthusiasm to contribute to a growing team responsible for working with customers on concept development and formulation through to product evaluation and scale-up. As part of the team, the position also helps to develop and implement the strategy for the group and chart the course for this key business function.

  • Conduct formulation development program to demonstrate the functionality, optimize the sensory properties, and determine the value of SRN's ingredients in food and beverage products.
  • Develop new food and beverage product concepts around SRN's ingredient portfolio.
  • Design and conduct appropriate qualitative and quantitative evaluations of new ingredient candidates.
  • Help to coordinate the activity of critical internal and external resources.
  • Provide technical support for commercialization by preparing promotional materials as well as developing and presenting product concepts to potential partners and customers.
  • Help to establish specifications for new products in conjunction with the process development, manufacturing, and commercial teams.
  • Work collaboratively with prospective partners and customers (telephone support, bench work, on-site support, etc.) to develop opportunities for product sales.
  • Assist in the sourcing of equipment and ingredients needed for the food applications laboratory.
  • Perform other related activities necessary to achieve sales through effective applications development work.
  • Work to maximize the synergies between Solazyme, Roquette and SRN.


  • BS in Food Science, Nutrition, Chemistry or similar science; and
  • MS in Food Science, Chemistry, Polymer Science, or equivalent helpful.
  • 10+ years of experience in applications development and technical service at ingredient suppliers to the food and beverage industry; food product development experience at a major food manufacturer is a plus.
  • Diversified and broad product application experience from prototype and application development, consumer validation through commercialization.
  • Thrives in a dynamic and challenging, entrepreneurial, multi-cultural environment.
  • Demonstrated history of successful new product launches.
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent work ethic, dedication, and team orientation.
  • Track record of creating effective processes and driving results.

Highly networked in the food industry with the ability to leverage relationships to acquire new business.

This position comes with a competitive compensation and benefits package including short- and long-term bonus potential, and a generous 401(k) match. If your qualifications meet our needs, please submit your application through the Solazyme web site at

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