Research Scientist

Lake Zurich, IL

Posted: 06/14/2019 Industry: Laboratory - Food & Beverage Job Number: 268.19DW Pay Rate: 75,000 - 80,000

Job Description

Research Scientist

The Research Scientist will have the following responsibilities:

  • The Research Scientist’s primary responsibility will be to develop and lead a program of natural products science with the goal to develop novel food and beverage ingredients and innovative processing solutions
  • The scope of this role includes a broad spectrum of botanical/horticultural raw materials, with an emphasis on vanilla, coffee and tea
  • The work with directly support a key strategic growth area around sustainable natural ingredients and will be accomplished by collaborating with members of the analytical, sensory, applications and flavor creation teams as well as international colleagues
  • The Research Scientist will be required to identify and engage with external research organizations and academic institutions who can add value to internal projects. The role requires an in-depth knowledge of the food science and flavor chemistry components of horticultural science

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

Key Requirements:

  • Lead internal botanical/horticultural science research program as well as external research collaborations
  • Perform benchtop research in areas such as distillation, extraction, filtration and concentration of natural products and raw materials
  • Provide technical leadership for troubleshooting the scale-up or production of novel natural ingredients
  • Maintain very close working relationship with staff at facility through routine communication and regular visit (5-10 per/year)
  • Work closely with cross functional team (analytical chemistry, sensory, application & flavor creation) to achieve desired results
  • Lead work ranging from fundamental research through to food and beverage prototyping. Prepare research reports and present analysis of results
  • Keep abreast of scientific advances in the areas of analytical chemistry, food science and flavor chemistry and disseminate throughout organization
  • Lead multiple projects independently in terms of planning, analysis and communication

**If you’d like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Damon Wickmann at

JO:  268.19DW

Job Requirements


  • BS, MS, PhD in Food Science, Food Engineering or similar disciplines
  • 3-5+ years of experience in the Food/Flavor industry with practical application of scientific methods
  • Knowledge in vanilla, coffee’s and teas desirable
  • Analytical techniques with gas and liquid chromatography, analyzing data and creating trial reports
  • Executing experimental work and disseminating findings
  • Good organization
  • Technical troubleshooting
  • Innovation in flavors and ingredients research
  • Great communicator, and likes to work in a team environment
  • Likes to be an ambassador/advocate of the company and represent with pride at tradeshows, with customers and community
  • Enthusiasm to drive research and results in the company

**If you’d like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Damon Wickmann at

JO:  2681.9DW


Meet Your Recruiter

Damon Wickmann
Technical Recruiter

I have always been an advocate of life and career strategy management.

I am also a 'Foodie' at heart and love recruiting for food and beverage companies.   

My background in education has provided me tools to support my passion for helping talented people with career advancement.   

I have transitioned from college advising to career recruiting where I combine that with my other passion - Food!

I recruit excellent people for the food industry and the science behind what we eat and drink.  This includes research and development in the lab through commercialization and the quality people behind the scenes that make it all happen.  I look forward to speaking with you soon.

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