Research Associate/Senior Research Associate – (Flavor)

We are seeking a driven, adventurous experimentalist to join the flavor team to create delicious foods through a deep understanding of biology and chemistry.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Creation of delicious foods through a deep understanding of biology and chemistry.
  • Deconstruction of chemical mechanisms and biological pathways that generate flavors
  • Creation of methods (sensory and analytical) for identification and characterization of aromas and other small molecules.
  • Defining the chemical composition of ingredients, including characterization of small molecules in flavor reactions and the compounds’ sensory effects.
  • Data analysis of complex data sets and integrating them into databases, working closely with the engineering and informatics teams.
  • Acting as a sensory taster, undergoing continuous learning and improvement
  • Acting as a collaborative team member and individual contributor
  • Working with scientists on the sensory side of flavor experiments, running sensory panels, and identification of sensory references.

Education /Experience /Skills

  • BS/MS in Biochemistry, Chemistry, Biology, Food Science, or related field.
  • 2+ years of research experience
  • An experimentalist with a proven track record of innovation and problem solving in multidisciplinary research areas.
  • The ideal candidate has research experience in one or many of these areas: sensory science, flavor chemistry, oxidation chemistry, enzymology, protein-small molecule interactions, and lipid-based research.
  • Experience with analytical tools such as GC-olfactometry, LC-MS, GC-MS and/or sensory testing is a plus, but can be learned on the job.
  • Ability to thrive in a collaborative environment and to work effectively with a diverse team of scientists and engineers
  • Strong data analysis abilities
  • The ability to communicate results and ideas clearly, and listen and received feedback
  • High attention to detail and ability to keep an organized lab notebook
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