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Research Associate, Food Enzymology

Date: Sep 23, 2021

Location: New Century, Kansas, US, 66031

Company: IFF Family of Companies

Requisition  ID : 184073 

Long Description


We are hiring a Food Science professional to join our Health & Biosciences division as a Research Associate, Food Enzymology!


At Nutrition & Biosciences (now part of IFF), we boldly bring together science and creativity to create what the world needs. An industry leader in food, beverage, health, biosciences and sensorial experiences, we create essential solutions – from global icons to unexpected innovations and experiences. Equal parts outspoken and analytical, our international collective of thinkers partners with customers to bring scents, tastes, experiences, ingredients and solutions for products people crave. With over 110 manufacturing facilities, 100 R&D centers, and 33,000 customers across the world, we’re poised to make a difference on an unprecedented scale. Without our boundary-pushing passion and end-to-end expertise, the future wouldn’t be the same.


Health & Biosciences (formerly from DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences) is one of the four business divisions within IFF. Inspired by nature and distinguished by its world-class bioscience and microbiome capabilities, IFF’s Health & Biosciences (H&B) division is a leading innovation partner for customers across a broad range of consumer product, industrial and agricultural sectors. H&B works closely with our customers to enhance products – and their processes – to deliver safer, healthier and more sustainable solutions


We serve a large variety of end markets and our products can be found in thousands of products around the world.  Our portfolio includes animal health solutions & feed enzymes, cultures for plant-based food, dairy cultures, dietary fibers, food enzymes, and enzymes and yeast for fuel ethanol. Our specific end-markets include home & personal care, animal nutrition, grain processing, microbial control, food and dietary supplements.


Job Description


The position will be based in New Century, KS, US.  This state-of-the-art facility develops and supports enzyme-based solutions that specifically target the development of food products and applications.  As part of this, we are seeking a highly motivated and versatile Research Associate, with experience in biochemistry and food science. This individual is expected to interact with other R&D teams, the Health & Biosciences and Nourish Divisions, as well as customers.

Primary Responsibilities:
•    Development of biochemical and enzymatic assays to predict enzyme performance in food systems
•    The implementation of such assays in low- and high-throughput screening
•    Support in lab scale and pilot plant scale food applications across a number of industries
•    Investigation on enzyme function with real substrates in a multi-disciplinary team environment
•    Ability to work across diverse food application areas


Job Requirements

•    MSc degree or B.S. with 2-5 years of practical laboratory experience in Biochemistry, Food Science, or Chemical/Bioprocess Engineering in an academic or industrial setting.
•    Capability of routine chemical/enzymatic analysis and assays with good reproducibility is required. 
•    Familiarity with theoretical and practical aspects of biochemistry/enzymology and protein structure function is desirable
•    Good record-keeping skills and exceptional attention to detail
•    Excellent written and oral communication abilities are required, along with the desire to work in a multidisciplinary team
•    The successful candidate must be motivated and creative with strong problem-solving and critical thinking skills
•    Capable of working both independently and in a collaborative setting
•    Self-starter with good organizational skills



We are a global leader in taste, scent and nutrition, offering our customers a broader range of natural solutions and accelerating our growth strategy. 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 an 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.


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