Principal Research Scientist
ConAgra Foods - Omaha, NE

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Collaborate with Research and Development project teams to deliver research results and technology development in the physical and material sciences. This may include rheology, texture, and the material science of food and packaging. Partner with product and process development to deliver insights into how product/process parameters affect physical properties of food, as well as how those properties relate to sensory aspects. Partner with packaging engineers to deliver insights in such areas as thermal stability of packaging materials, leaching, polymer analysis, metallized and other treated/coated films, lamination, polymer analysis, adhesives, failure mode diagnostics and recommendations for alternative materials for performance improvement. Assist with development and transfer of new technologies.

Position Responsibilities
  • Under minimal direction from management, lead technical projects in the general areas of physical and material science of food and packaging.
  • Ensure that the milestones of business objectives are met in a timely manner.
  • Communicate program-related issues and status to management to keep them up-to-date.
  • Prepare project proposals, including experimental design and timelines.
  • Participate in project planning, including the selection of technical guidelines for achieving objectives.
  • Identify external and internal resources to meet primary objectives.
  • Aid with the development and transfer of new technologies within the Research and Development organization and to production plants.
  • Support pilot and plant trials.
  • Ensure proper operation/implementation after transfer of technology and methods to other laboratories.
  • Keep abreast of technical developments and utilize this knowledge in the initiation of new projects using cutting edge technology.
  • Manage and direct technician resources when required

    Position Qualifications
  • M.S. with at least 7 years of experience or preferably Ph.D. in chemistry, material science, engineering, or related discipline with 3 years of experience relevant to the areas of rheology, viscoelastic solids, plastics, polymers, laminates, adhesives and coated films.
  • The position requires the ability to apply rheology, thermal analysis, spectroscopy, particle sizing, optical and scanning electron microscopy, solid mechanics (e.g. dynamic mechanical analysis, texture analysis, etc.) as well as other analytical/physical methods toward the development of new technologies and products.
  • The knowledge and use of multiple techniques is required to solve complex problems in the physical and materials sciences.
  • This position requires knowledge of advanced statistics and experimental design, as well as proficiency in Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
  • Good communication skills, ability to work with multi-functional teams and understanding technical information including chemistry, physics, polymer and materials sciences, statistics, and food is required.

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    ConAgra Foods fills the refrigerators, freezers, and pantries of most households. The company produces name-brand packaged and frozen...