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Principal Scientist / Sensory Scientist

Date: Oct 7, 2021

Location: Brabrand, Central Region, DK, 8220

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 and nutrition, offering our customers a broader range of natural solutions and accelerating our growth strategy.


Senior/Principal Sensory Scientist


Reporting to the Global R&D Enabling Technologies Sensory Science Lead, we are seeking a Senior/Principal Scientist to act as a sensory scientific lead on cross-functional project teams. You’ll consult, design, and manage appropriate descriptive, discrimination and consumer guidance tests to enhance product knowledge and report findings in context of project objectives/business goals.
Furthermore, you will be an integral member of the strategic growth and development of the sensory department and the European region. Helping to innovate new methodologies to understand human response, including biometric and implicit test methods.  The senior scientist/sensory scientist provides professional guidance and enable project leaders to define and progress towards measurable sensory targets.  You’ll also be responsible of allocating sensory testing resources in accord with company priorities and develop new methods to gain product understanding. 

This position is accountable for ensuring standards of quality that meet or exceed customer expectations by adhering to strict testing protocols that have been validated for accuracy & reliability.  Moreover, the senior/principal sensory scientist ensures compliance with IFF safety and security policies and manage relationships with other Sensory Scientists within and outside of IFF, including groups at customers and external research collaborators.  You should expect some travel in this position. 


Typical duties of a Senior/Principal Sensory Scientist include:
•    Create designs to meet specific project objectives.
•    Develop new methods to advance R&D needs.
•    Develop and execute strategy to develop new world-class sensory methods.
•    Assist company-wide projects towards successful completion of sensory designs across market regions, ingredients and applications.
•    Apply Scientific Method to provide solutions.
•    Participate in development of work-plans for conducting an experiment or series of experiments.
•    Analyze all technical aspects of projects and recommend methods and techniques to be used and principles to be applied.
•    Troubleshoot issues as they arise.
•    Perform analysis and interpret test results; form conclusions on experiments conducted.
•    Write comprehensive experimental reports.
•    Supervise the performance of research; assign and/or coordinate work.
•    Prepare and present technical papers and presentations for internal customers/contacts.
•    Provide guidance to staff to improve research skills and to increase understanding of techniques and procedures utilized.
•    Remain current with relevant scientific literature.
•    Adhere to all safety and quality requirements; enhance site safety.


Job Requirements

•    Master’s degree or bachelor’s degree plus 8-15 years in Sensory with proven track record and strong applied statistics knowledge and experience.
•    Strong business acumen and industry experience in sensory analysis of food materials is essential; experience in applied statistics, analytical chemistry, method development and product development are required.  Experience in successfully managing collaborative relationships at work e.g. between functions, with customers or co-suppliers would be an advantage.
•    Personal attributes: 
     o    Strong communication skills: Presents information/ideas to individuals or groups in an articulate, straightforward, and organized way. 
     o    Conceptual capacity/flexibility – Quickly grasps different concepts.  
     o    Curious, knowledgably, and creative mindset and is seen as someone who applies knowledge creatively and intelligently to the solution of problems.  


Please submit your CV and application in English as soon as possible. We review applications on an ongoing basis. If you have any questions regarding the role you are welcome to reach out to Kimberley Hogan, Global R&D Enabling Technologies Sensory Science Lead at 

At IFF, we believe that your uniqueness unleashes our potential. We value the diverse mosaic of the ethnicity, national origin, race, age, sex or veteran status. We strive for inclusive workplace that allows each of our colleagues to bring their authentic self to work regardless of their religion, gender identity & expression, sexual orientation, or disability. Visit to learn more.

We apply science and creativity for a better world.
With the beauty of art and the precision of science, we are an international collective of thinkers who partner with customers to bring scents, tastes, experiences, ingredients and solutions for products the world craves.
As a global leader in food, beverage, health, biosciences and sensorial experiences, we do a lot and continually innovate to do it better.
For more than 130 years we’ve been focused on finding the most innovative solutions to help bring “better for you” products to market. While we have grown over the years, we remain agile in our approach and put our customers’ needs at the forefront of our thinking.
We offer end-to-end service that few can deliver on. Our unparalleled product portfolio is the most robust in the industry and we have leadership positions across key taste, texture, scent, nutrition, enzymes, cultures, soy proteins and probiotics categories.