Scientist - Food Applications Development - Menlo Park, CA



Menlo Park, CA


Duties & Responsibilities:

- Conduct formulation development program to demonstrate the functionality, optimize the sensory properties, and determine the value of Solazyme's ingredients in food and beverage products.
- Develop new food and beverage product concepts around Solazyme's ingredient portfolio.
- Design and conduct appropriate qualitative and quantitative evaluations of new ingredient candidates. 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.
- 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.
- Source equipment and ingredients needed for the food applications laboratory; manage annual supply budget.
- Perform other related activities necessary to achieve sales through effective applications development work.


- BS in Food Science, Nutrition, Chemistry or similar science; and
- MS in Food Science, Chemistry, Polymer Science, or equivalent.
- 10 years of hands on experience in applications development or technical service at ingredient suppliers to the food and beverage industry; food product development experience at a major food manufacturer is a plus.
- Relevant peer relationships in ingredient companies as well as food product manufacturers.
- Strong familiarity with a broad range of food ingredients; solid understanding of the fundamental science of food chemistry.
- Demonstrated experience in project management, contract research management, and sensory testing.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Ability to conduct effective presentations before customers, partners, and all levels of employees.
- Well-developed quantitative skills (spreadsheets, basic statistical analysis).
- Demonstrated independence and creativity in problem solving.
- Demonstrated expertise in new food and beverage product formulation.
- Ability to travel up to 20.

Employment Type:

Full Time

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