Science Technologist – Brentwood, TN
Mars Petcare US
United States >, Tennessee, Brentwood
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Position Title: Analytical
Reports To: Analytical Science
Purpose of Role:
Performs a wide variety of
sophisticated analytical measurements and collaborates on
design/development of analytical methods/experimental protocol as
required for product development, manufacturing, regulatory or platform
research. Responsible for internal lab operational programs
including lab safety, chemical hygiene and site laboratory support.
Assures and updates the appropriate documentation for such
programs. This position also provides analytical technical support
to SBU and/or Global Platform projects.
Technical expertise in the use and application of complex analytical
instrumentation to support food product development and processing.
Specific instrumentation to include but not limited to preparative and
analytical chromatography, optical spectroscopy, mass spectrometry and
materials characterization tools (DSC, TGA, DMA, TMA, Texture analyzers).
Administration of laboratory operational programs including all new lab
safety initiatives, safety training, chemical hygiene plan, chemical
inventories, hazardous waste, and overall lab organization/cleanliness.
Functions as primary laboratory interface to key external groups including
local site safety and all site laboratories.
Coordinates of a co-op or similar program within the analytical
laboratory providing university outreach along with a vital technical
resource for the laboratory.
Interfaces with laboratory clients to report data, clarify results
interpretation contribute to experimental designs, and recommend future
direction. Frequently resolves inconsistent or atypical results in
an independent manner or with minimal supervisor assistance. May
function as an interface to factory labs coordinating analytical methods
and proficiency studies for these sites.
Demonstrated knowledge and lab skills to critically read, interpret and
perform documented analytical procedures. Implements appropriate
method modifications as required.
Collaborates with Analytical Scientist(s) in the development and
validation of new analytical methods. Participates in the method
Recommends, designs and conducts additional laboratory procedures
(analytical / standard preparation / sample preparation / shelf life
protocol) depending on project demands.
Evaluates ongoing project laboratory needs on a daily basis.
(personal and/or temporary/co-op) and
general-use lab equipment to meet project timelines. Recommends new
equipment as needed. Planning horizon is typically less than 2
Maintains documentation of analytical results in a company issued notebook
and a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS).
Maintains laboratory equipment and necessary supplies (e.g.
instrumentation, chemicals, solvents, glassware).
Science and Technology
Managing through Systems
Key Functional Skills/Knowledge
An understanding of the key scientific principles associated with food
In conjunction with a general knowledge of food science and chemistry,
in-depth knowledge of a "broad base" of analytical techniques
including separation sciences required to assure the quality of chemical
Demonstrated knowledge and experience in laboratory safety, chemicals
management and chemical hygiene plans.
Knowledge of statistical methods including sampling plans and confidence
Excellent practical laboratory skills. Ability to troubleshoot and
maintain complex analytical instrumentation.
Demonstrated experience and skill in the use of the following:
Computers, Spreadsheet software (MS Excel preferred), Data Acquisition
software (i.e. HP Chemstation), and Laboratory Information Management Systems
Excellent organizational skills to adapt to fluctuating workloads while
maintaining appropriate attention to detail.
Demonstrated ability to follow established laboratory safety procedures,
to maintain accurate records, and to clearly and accurately read and
write and transcribe data and analytical chemistry literature.
Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills.
Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work independently or
as a member of a team.
Demonstrated record of success in the chemical and physical
characterization of food systems.
Demonstrated expertise in the use and troubleshooting of a wide variety
of complex analytical instrumentation including spectroscopic,
chromatographic and rheological tools.
5 or more years experience in a technical field within the food or
Education -B.S. (M.S. or Ph.D Preferred) degree in Chemistry, Physical
Chemistry, or related field (e.g., Food Science, Biology,) is required.
Decision Making Authority and Impact
Assures the quality of analytical results identifying atypical data or
changes in quality of analytical data.
Ensures an organized, safe and efficient operating environment within the
Assures laboratory instrumentation is appropriately maintained.
Contributes to internal laboratory QC through the use and continuous
monitoring of secondary standards.
Critically evaluates information from experiments, approves results
within LIMS and presents findings to clients and/or supervisor.
Contributes to experimental designs or project-driven analytical
Changes to laboratory operations resulting in improved quality, safety or
New analytical approaches/procedures as necessary to adapt to changing
Changes in experimental designs / protocol based upon expertise in
analytical instrumentation and data collection processes.
List the number of direct and
indirect roles reporting to this position.
Direct (non-management associates)
Indirect (non-management associates)
0-2 Contractors/temporary personnel/co-ops/interns
As a privately-held, family-owned
company, Mars Petcare US offers benefits which reflect our commitment to
attracting and retaining great people. This includes excellent pay,
competitive health and dental care coverage, a retirement plan, a very
competitive vacation plan and unrivalled career advancement
opportunities, to name just a few of our unique and generous benefits.
If you're looking for a place where
you can take ownership for your work, where the pace is fast, the
environment is built around the importance of open communication, and
where employees are called "associates" and treated as such,
then we want to hear from you.
We value a diverse work environment
and encourage qualified individuals to apply, regardless of race,
religion, disability, national origin, veteran status, gender and age.
Mars Petcare US is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer.
Visit www.mars.comto learn more about
our company and for information about all of our current openings.
Please, no agencies.