Research Scientist / Engineer - Food Science and Technology Hershey, PA

Job ID: 

5682

Location: 

US-PA-Hershey

Position Type: 

Full Time

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Summary:

Residing at The Hershey Company's Technical Center, this position involves a unique opportunity to work in the Food Science and Technology group. This group is responsible for evaluating new technologies and ingredients, improving current processes and products, and providing new product opportunities through research discoveries. The Research Scientist/Engineer will work independently and as a part of various teams to achieve their goals on project assignments. The individual should be able to interact with many different types of individuals including technical support, various scientists, product developers, marketing, legal and management.

 

Under moderate supervision, assume responsibility for the realization of projects of significant importance, complexity or scope, or assist on certain phases of projects that are of major importance, complexity or scope.  Undertake projects as assigned, and make suggestions for initiation of projects, or their abandonment, as experience allows.  Assume responsibility for participating in project design and methodology, problem solving through application of knowledge and original thinking.  Test ideas through preparation of experimental formulations, applications, or manufacturing trials.  Under general direction, take initiative to secure from all available sources all pertinent advice, ideas, and information having a bearing upon a project.  Operate or direct the operation of laboratory equipment or apparatus in the performance of tests or experiments.  Review results of tests with others and suggest the advisability of further tests and/or changes deemed necessary.  Prepare all project reports as required.  Make presentation of significant conclusions when pertinent.  Work with R&D staff and management as well as Production, Marketing, and Legal departments within the Company on a frequent basis involving problems associated with assigned projects.  Discuss technical problems with vendors.  Member of a professional organization(s).  Provide leadership and instruction to technicians when assigned to assist on a project.

Responsibilities:

Project Leadership

Under moderate supervision assume responsibility for the realization of projects of significant importance, complexity or scope, or assist on certain phases of projects that are of major importance, complexity or scope.  Undertake projects as assigned, and make suggestions for initiation of projects, or their abandonment, as experience allows.  Assume responsibility for participating in project design and methodology, problem solving through application of knowledge and original thinking.  Test ideas through preparation of experimental formulations, applications, or manufacturing trials.  Under general direction, take initiative to secure from all available sources all pertinent advice, ideas, and information having a bearing upon a project.  Provide leadership and instruction to technicians when assigned to assist on a project.

 

Method development/equipment set-up

Operate or direct the operation of laboratory equipment or apparatus in the performance of tests or experiments.

 

Research design/data analysis/report writing 

Review results of tests with others and suggest the advisability of further tests and/or changes deemed necessary.  Prepare all project reports as required.  Make presentation of significant conclusions when pertinent. 

Qualifications:

This position can be filled at various levels depending on experience:  Associate Research Scientist, Research Scientist or a Sr Research Scientist.  A competitive compensation package will be based on formal education and related experience.

 

Minimum knowledge, skills and abilities required to successfully perform major duties/responsibilities: 

  • Sound knowledge of at least one branch of the sciences and with the application of that discipline to problems presented by project work.  Exercised limited judgment in project execution.
  • Demonstrated ability of a sound working technical knowledge
  • Be comfortable with operating plant and/or lab equipment
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Good mathematical skills
  • Possess good computer skills (basic knowledge of Word, Access, Excel, Exchange)
  • Ability to work in a team environment and independently in a flexible work environment with changing priorities

 

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:  

Associate Research Scientist

Bachelor's Degree in a related field required.

 

Research Scientist

Bachelor's Degree in a related field plus two years of applicable professional working experience, or Master's Degree in a relevant discipline.

 

Senior Research Scientist

Bachelor's Degree in a related field plus four to five years of applicable professional working experience, or Master's Degree plus two to three years of applicable professional experience, or a PhD.

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Hershey is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V

 

 

 

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