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Plant Sciences Senior Food Scientist Boise, ID

The J.R. Simplot Company is a diverse, privately held organization with roots firmly planted in agriculture. These endeavors have been around for centuries and will continue to be a vital part of the global economy. We currently have a full-time Plant Sciences Senior Food Scientist position open within our Plant Sciences research department in Caldwell, Idaho.


Simplot Plant Sciences is building a team of fun, hard-working individuals to launch new product lines based on a more natural, consumer friendly biotechnology. The ideal candidate likes working in an entrepreneurial environment with the excitement of a startup, yet enjoys the advantages of being part of a large agribusiness company, with deep roots in agriculture. The senior food scientist will test new potato varieties for use in fresh, frozen, chips, and dehydrated products. They will also design new foods from conception through introduction in the market place. This includes early prototypes, pilot plant scale-up and implementation at the plant level. The senior food scientist will collaborate with others divisions including food processing, sensory, potato variety development, engineering, and culinary sciences.


- Organize and complete testing of new Plant Sciences varieties as needed for the fresh, chip, or dehydrated markets.

- Work closely with R&D and Product Approval teams to complete testing for trait efficacy and regulatory approval.

- Design and conduct studies as needed to support commercial development and marketing of new varieties and food products.

- Design experiments, complete statistical analysis, summarize and interpret data, develop product specifications, and communicate results.

- Develop new potato products, optimize processes, and work with Commercial Director to obtain capability for processing through Simplot facilities, outsourcing, or developing new capacity as needed.

- Lead all product development efforts from concept initiation until completing product launch.

- Establish quality specifications, nutrition labeling, and define tests needed to assure product quality and safety.



- Bachelor's degree (M.S preferred) in the Sciences, preferably in Food Sciences, but could be in Biology, Chemistry, or Engineering.


- 10 years related experience and/or training.


The following experience would be desired:

- Culinary training

- Food chemistry

- Potato growing practice

- Ingredient functionality

- Project management

- Food processing

- Good manufacturing practices

- Quality systems

- Sensory analysis

- Statistics

- Experimental design

- Basic computer skills

- Fluency in a foreign language.

Distinguishing Features:

- The ideal candidate has the relevant food science background along with excellent writing and oral communication skills. This individual must be a self-starter, willing to work with minimal direction. We anticipate the person needing to travel about 25% of time.

Grade: 44


External Candidates:

- Click Apply Now if viewing this posting from the Simplot website OR

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- Apply to Job ID# 591 : Plant Sciences Senior Food Scientist - Caldwell, ID

Internal Simplot Candidates:

- Apply via Employee Space using your Simplot email address.

Please prepare a cover letter outlining your interest and qualifications and submit with your resume via our online application process described above. For best results, please upload your resume as a Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF document. This process includes additional job relevant questions, so plan on at least 20 minutes when you apply.

Please Note: When a position is in the interview stage or has been filled, it will no longer appear on our Simplot Careers website.

*The J.R. Simplot Company is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer*


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