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Senior Scientist / Principal Scientist (Brain health)

Date: Oct 5, 2021

Location: Kantvik, Uusimaa, FI, 02460

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.


We are looking for a Senior Scientist/Principal Scientist to join our Global Health & Nutrition Science team based in Kantvik, Southern Finland (close to Helsinki).


Our team runs a global and diverse program of clinical and pre-clinical studies, targeting to document health benefits of probiotics and other bioactive food ingredients in our portfolio. We offer you a position in a dynamic international research organization that is a world-wide leader in applied clinical research in the area of probiotics and nutrition.


Our R&D team is looking for a research professional for a Senior Scientist/Principal Scientist position to lead and execute brain-health related nutritional pre-clinical and clinical trials globally. Your primary duties will be: 

•    Initiate, manage, and execute nutritional intervention studies against set milestones and objectives.
•    Reporting of the study progress to internal and external stakeholders on a regular basis.
•    Documentation of conducted clinical trials according to company SOPs.
•    Working in compliance with ICH Guidelines (GCP) and company SOPs.
•    As part of the team, participate in planning, analysis, presentation, and publication of the clinical and pre-clinical trials.

Job Requirements


You are qualified for the position if you have: 

•    PhD (or equivalent degree) in neurosciences, behavioural sciences, psychology, or similar field.
•    Several years of relevant experience and independent responsibilities in nutritional neuroscience or medical research, preferably in the field of probiotics or functional foods for mental health outcomes.
•    A proven track record in clinical trial management and leading project teams.
•    Experience in two or more of the following areas: microbiome, probiotics, brain or behavioural research, cognitive/brain health, medical physics, neuroprotection, psychology, or gut-brain axis.
•    Preferably experience in working in the food/DS/pharmaceutical industry
•    Track record of scientific publications and experience in scientific communication is considered valuable, ideally in the context of food and bioactive compounds, is a considerable advantage.
•    Effective communication skills including good personal presentation, oral and written communication skills. Fluency in English is essential; fluency in Finnish is an additional benefit.
•    Excellent demonstrated project management, organizational, and team player skills.
•    Ability to deliver results under time and resource pressures.
•    Willingness to travel.


Please submit your CV and application in English as soon as possible. We review applications on an ongoing basis. 

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.