Research Investigator, Taste Modulation - International Flavors & Fragrances Inc (Somerset)


: $55,540.00 - $141,250.00 /year *

Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Scientific Research

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Its an exciting time to be part of the IFF team at our Union Beach, NJ location. With Frutarom combined; IFF is 129 years old, has greater than $5BB Revenue, contains over 13,000 employees, supports 160 locations, serving 33,000 customers with 150,000 products.

About You:

The ideal candidate is a highly motivated and passionate research scientist with clearly demonstrated expertise in natural products and food science research. You will be experienced in the development of natural taste modulation and clean label flavor ingredients. Your work will also support and coordinate the sourcing of raw materials and product evaluation, analytical and regulatory validation, process scale up, and commercialization. You will be tasked in making Go/No Go decisions at every stage of the product development pathway.

You will spend your time

  • Design and conduct research for developing proprietary, cost-effective, globally natural, and clean-label (when applicable) flavor ingredients and flavorings with taste modifying properties.
  • Coordinate and conduct analytical research as related to natural products isolation, identification, and quantification.
  • Develop and optimize flavor ingredients from enzymatic reactions, process flavor/Maillard reactions and culinary reactions.
  • Identify raw material and natural product sources for product development commercialization.
  • Interact with flavor research and local units pertaining to natural product research, sensory evaluation, analytical and regulatory validation, sustainability, process optimization, product scale-up and commercialization.
  • Write organized reports to summarize research findings and product development process.
  • Review competitor product and patent literature and write patents for novel products.
  • Leadership Behaviors

  • INNOVATION. Create new processing options for delivery systems by working collaboratively with R&D scientists and external technology partners.
  • Technical Skills. Develop a deep technical understanding of key manufacturing processes and strive to become the IFF technical expert in these areas.
  • Drive for Results. Effectively plan experimental work, learn by doing through hands-on process trials, take calculated risks, anticipate problems and have contingencies ready.
  • Required Skills
  • Ph.D. (REQUIRED) with 0-3 years of experience in biochemistry, medicinal chemistry, plant sciences, food chemistry, or other natural products related fields.
  • Knowledge of flavor chemistry, protein chemistry, and taste research including taste modulation.Strong knowledge of plant secondary metabolism, enzymatic biotransformation, and food science.
  • Strong skills in natural products research including extraction, distillation, chromatographic isolation and separation, and chemical instrumental analysis (HPLC, LCMS).
  • Proven record in initiation, development, execution, and completion of research projects.
  • Strong communication skills both written and verbal.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Computer literacy (proficiency in Microsoft Office).

  • Associated topics: antibody, cytometry, dietetic, dietician, food, histology, immunohematology, industrial hygienist, patient, trauma * The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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