Research Scientist I in Ankeny IA

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Essentia Protein Solutions
Title: 
Research Scientist I
Date: 
05/03/2021
Job ID: 
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Location: 
Ankeny IA
Degree: 
B.S./B.A.
Salary: 
Not Specified
Relocation: 
No
Job Types:
Applied Research, Food Technol/Scientist, Research Technician
Employment Type:
Full Time

Job Description

New product development of broths, stocks, flavors, animal fats and functional collagen products; lead and conduct pilot plant and production plant trials; support operations with technical expertise to improve quality / reduce cost of existing products; collaborate and provide technical support to internal cross functional groups and external customers; propose and identify new technological opportunities.

JOB QUALIFICATIONS:

Education and Experience:

Bachelor of Science degree plus a minimum of 4 years of experience

Master of Science plus 2 years of experience

PhD plus 1 years of experience

Degree in Food Engineering, Food Science, Meat Science, Culinology, Food Chemistry, Biochemistry, Chemistry or Biology preferred.

Experience in the food industry is preferred.

Experience at Scientist Level I is preferred.

JOB DUTIES:

  • Develop new broth, stocks, flavors, animal fats and functional protein products for the global food, nutrition and health industries.
  • Collaborate with business partners to effectively drive product and process development projects through Stage – Gate process from bench study to commercial production.
  • Identify production process improvement opportunities and provide technical support to improve production efficiency, enhance product quality and reduce production cost.
  • Provide technical support at the plant level to make sure new product launches are sustained.
  • Prepare product samples for sales to use with customers, distributors, and at industry events.
  • Support global sales efforts through a variety of technical service activities. For instance - serve as a technical expert to sales and customers in business development efforts.
  • Provide technical support / leadership to cross functional project teams.
  • Perform projects and tasks as assigned by Company or Innovation Leadership.
  • Maintain up to date knowledge of market trends and new ingredient / process / equipment technologies.
  • Responsibility for maintenance and performance of laboratory equipment and environment.
  • Troubleshoot situations as they arise in the lab and the manufacturing plant(s).
  • Prepare presentations, well-written scientific and technical reports as requested.

JOB REQUIREMENTS:

  • Solid science background and knowledge on the functionality and chemistry of proteins, protein products and production process, as well as the food product sensory evaluation and animal by product manufacturing.
  • Excellent ability to implement product research and development principles and general methodology, such as Stage – Gate Process.
  • Solid working knowledge of Good Laboratory Practices and GMP’s; ability to implement the same in both manufacturing, research and product development.
  • Ability to safely and effectively operate pilot plant scale processing equipment such as cookers, evaporators, dryers, choppers, grinders, pumps, centrifuges, reactors, filtration, etc.
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of experimental design, methods of data analysis and basic statics.
  • Demonstrated ability to understand and communicate technical and commercial product information to Sales, customers, distributors and other external partners.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with management, Innovation staff, Operations, QA and other internal partners.
  • Ability to manage and maintain confidential information including Innovation projects, financial results and confidential / proprietary formulations and processes.
  • Knowledge of organizational methods and the ability to manage multiple tasks/projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to work daily and extended hours as necessary.
  • Ability to demonstrate professionalism, respect, and reliability.
  • Demonstrated willingness to learn and embrace emerging technology.

BASIC PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

Approximate: 8-Hour Day (may be longer during peak season)

Key:

Occasional = 0% - 33%

Frequent = 34% - 66%

Continuous = 67% - 100%

N/A = Not Applicable

Standing - Frequent

Sitting - Occasional

Walking - Occasional

Bending/Kneeling/Crouching/Stooping - Occasional

Reaching Above Shoulder - Occasional

Climbing (stairs, ladders, etc.) - Occasional

Working on Heights:

Unprotected Heights - NA

Protected Heights - NA

Lifting Weights from 0 to 50 pounds - Occasional

Push/Pull/Maneuver Equipment/Products/Materials

Weighing from 0 to 50 pounds - Occasional

Being Around and/or Operating Moving Machinery/Equipment - Frequent

Operating a Vehicle (as a part of your job) - Occasional

Read/Monitor Gauges on Various Equipment/Machinery - Frequent

Hand Movements:

Recording Data - Occasional

Operating Office Equipment - Occasional

Operating Computer - Frequent

Simple Grasping (right and left) - Occasional

Firm Grasping (right and left) - Occasional

Fine Manipulating (right and left) - Occasional

Foot Movements to Operate Foot Controls - NA

Good Vision, Corrected to Normal; or Ability to Access

Required Information and to Perform Job Duties - Yes

Color Definition - Yes

Good Hearing, Corrected to Normal; or Ability to Communicate

and/or Understand Required Information and to Perform Job Duties - Yes

Ability to be Mobile throughout Required Work Areas - Yes

Office - Frequent

Multiple Locations - Frequent

Plant - Occasional

Equipment/Maintenance or Repair Area - Occasional

Rough Terrain - NA

Other - NA

BASIC MENTAL REQUIREMENTS:

This position requires the mental and interpersonal capabilities to apply and communicate advanced technical expertise in a professional laboratory, technical and sales environment.

WORKING CONDITIONS AND EXPOSURES:

This position spends time in general office, pilot plant, manufacturing plants and laboratory settings requiring extended hours during peak periods of activity. The position requires the ability to travel in a variety of weather conditions.

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