The Flavor Chemistry Scientist position performs flavor research and analysis in support of Mars Global Chocolate Science and Technology group efforts. The Flavor Chemist reports to the Sr. Applied & Analytical Science Manager and will work closely with the Sr. Flavor Research Manager. He/she will also collaborates with outside Universities, Research Groups, and Businesses to perform research of the highest quality and to discover new intellectual property under the direction of the Sr. Applied & Analytical Science Manager and/or Sr. Flavor Research Manager, which can be used to drive business growth.
The Flavor Chemistry Scientist will also be responsible to design and execute research projects independently and develops appropriate methods. He/she must critically read and perform documented flavor isolate, characterization and synthetic procedures. He/she will also be responsible to routinely conduct flavor isolation and concentration procedures (e.g. liquid/liquid extractions, steam and high vacuum distillations) and to analyze raw materials and finished products for their aroma and taste properties using a range of instrumentation including, but not limited to preparative and analytical chromatography, mass spectrometry, liquid chromatography (including LC/MS) and gas chromatography-olfactometry. Development of innovative methodologies and defining laboratory procedures to be conducted by technicians (analytical / standard preparation / sample preparation / shelf life protocol) are also responsibilities of this position.
Additional responsibilities include; providing guidance to technicians, managing temporary workers, overseeing preparation of standards and product prototypes. Maintaining proper documentation of analytical results, preparation of detailed technical reports, ensuring that reports are of ‘publication quality’ and preparing presentations, as well as, maintaining/ordering of laboratory equipment and necessary supplies (e.g. instrumentation, chemicals, solvents, glassware) are also important responsibilities of this position.
This position requires an B.S. degree in Chemistry or closely related field and 0-4 years experience in a technical field within the food, preferably in flavor research. An MS or PhD and 5+ years of experience is preferred. Applicants should possess an advanced understanding of the key scientific principles associated with food systems along with a general knowledge of food science, flavor science and chemistry, including an in-depth knowledge of a “broad base” of analytical techniques (e.g., Gas Chromatography, Liquid Chromatography and Mass Spectroscopy) and separation sciences. A demonstrated record of success performing research in food or related systems is required. Additional requirements include; excellent practical laboratory skills, ability to troubleshoot and maintain complex analytical instrumentation and knowledge and skill in the use of the following: Computers, Spreadsheet software (MS Excel preferred), Data Acquisition software (i.e. Hewlett Packard Chemstation), and Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS).
Good organizational skills along with a demonstrated ability to; follow established laboratory safety procedures, maintain accurate records, develop experimental plans, clearly and accurately read and write and transcribe data and analytical chemistry literature, critically read and perform documented flavor isolation, characterization and synthetic procedures and develop appropriate methods are essential. Additionally, the successful candidate should have good communications skills – verbal and written and good interpersonal skills with the ability to work independently or as a member of a team.
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