PhD Scientist

Date: Feb 12, 2024

Location: Bomlitz, DE

Company: IFF Family of Companies

Job Description


It’s an exciting time to be part of the IFF family. We are a global leader in taste, scent, pharma and nutrition, offering our customers a broader range of natural solutions and accelerating our growth strategy.

The IFF N&H Germany GmbH & Co. KG / IFF Pharma Solutions is excited to welcome a new
PhD Scientist

to be located in our IFF R&D Innovation Center in Bomlitz, Lower Saxony, Germany.


The IFF Pharma Solutions R&D organization is supporting the marketing of multiple polymers, especially cellulose derivatives and alginates into the Biopharma, Pharma, Food and Industrial Specialties markets. The portfolio is a highly profitable part of the company and has shown significant value growth over the last several years. The R&D Polymer Synthesis & Modification group’s mission is to accelerate growth in the Biopharma business by developing and commercializing new products that fulfill unmet market needs through the understanding and application of structure-property fundamentals.

The Polymer Synthesis & Modification R&D team’s key objectives are:


  • to develop structure-function understanding of (bio)polymeric systems, their design and synthesis.
  • to support development of novel materials for (bio)pharmaceutical applications.
  • to support process optimization and asset flexibilization initiatives to act as a competency center, working across all IFF business units and support global polysaccharide development programs.


This position is for a Chemist / Biochemist / Biotechnologist to build a knowledge base on structure-property relationships of polymers for (bio)pharmaceutical applications and use this knowledge base to develop new products working closely with peers within research, analytical, application development and market facing teams in a cross-functional and international team environment.

Your key responsibilities include:


  • Interface with the Marketing team to understand market and end use performance. 
  • Develop relationships between end use performance needs and polymer structures. 
  • Jointly with Marketing teams, define, develop and commercialize new products.
  • Work closely with central research groups, define material characterization methodologies and identify critical molecular parameters that affect end use performance. 
  • Document work, technical understanding and scientific knowledge in reports, publications and Invention Disclosures. 

Job Requirements


Your qualifications:


  • You have Phd in (Polymer or Organic) Chemistry, Biochemistry or Biotechnology.
  • You are experienced in the field of macromolecules (ideally with polysaccharides) and have a good understanding in analytical chemistry. You can have this experience from industry or academic side. 
  • Fluent English skills are required and at least basic German language skills.
  • Strong teamwork, interpersonal and communication skills are required besides excellent problem-solving skills.


Our offer


  • You can expect a responsible job in a diverse and technologically demanding environment with all the developmental possibilities in an international group.
  • The position is located within the Pharma Innovation Center in Bomlitz (Germany). Due to the intensive local interaction e. g. with the laboratories. 
  • The position is fulltime and permanent contract (Vollzeit und unbefristet).


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