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Research Fellow

Date: Dec 25, 2021

Location: Union Beach, New Jersey, US, 07735

Company: IFF Family of Companies

Requisition  ID : 219101 

Job Description


We are seeking highly motivated and enthusiastic candidates with clearly demonstrated expertise in natural products and/or food science research. 

The primary responsibility of this position is to develop natural and sustainable solutions that enhance flavor, health and wellbeing. As part of IFF’s Nourish R&D, we seek a scientist to innovate, create and expand our natural modulation and taste ingredients portfolio. 

This position will be located in Union Beach, New Jersey at IFF’s Research & Development facility.


Key Responsibilities:

•    Design and conduct innovative research to develop proprietary, global, natural, sustainable modulation and taste ingredients as part of IFF’s flavor portfolio.
•    Explore, research, and source raw material for investigation of product potential.
•    Analyze natural product profiles and functions using advance analytical tools including HPLC-MS, GCMS, NMR and metabolomics.
•    Develop and optimize extraction and/or biotransformation processes.
•    Coordinate and conduct analytical research as related to natural products isolation, identification, and quantification.
•    Lead independent and collaborative sensory evaluation of pipeline products.
•    Collaborate with flavor researchers and local units pertaining to natural product research, sensory evaluation, analytical and regulatory validation, sustainability, process optimization, product scale-up and commercialization.
•    Write organized reports to summarize research findings and product development process.
•    Review competitor product and patent literature and write patents for novel products.
•    Identify, investigate, and implement new and emerging technologies in relevant fields.
•    Prepare technical reports, data summaries, presentations, protocols, and other technical and regulatory documents.
•    Participate in developing the intellectual property strategy and file patent applications in collaboration with peers and the legal team.

Job Requirements



•    Advanced degree in crop science, biochemistry, medicinal chemistry, plant sciences, food chemistry, or other natural products related fields. Ph.D. with >3 years of experience. 
•    Strong knowledge of metabolomics, plant secondary metabolism, enzymatic biotransformation, and/or food science.
•    Strong skills in natural products research including metabolomics, extraction, distillation, chromatographic isolation and separation, and chemical instrumental analysis (HPLC, LCMS).
•    Highly capable in statistical analysis 
•    Proven record in initiation, development, execution, and completion of research projects.
•    Strong communication skills – both written and verbal.
•    Strong interpersonal skills.
•    Demonstrated ability to contribute to multiple projects simultaneously with minimal input from supervisor.
•    Strong ability to work in a cross-functional team environment.
•    Motivated to develop flavor ingredients.
•    Flexibility and drive to learn new skills as needed.
•    Computer literacy (proficiency in Microsoft Office & Teams).



•    Knowledge of flavor and fragrance chemistry, protein chemistry, and taste research including taste modulation.
•    Knowledgeable in data science including AI, machine learning, and deep learning.
•    Knowledgeable in structural modeling 
•    Experience in enzymatic reactions for producing value-added ingredients.
•    Postdoctoral research experience 
•    Industry experience
•    Experience in flavors, fragrances, food sciences, or consumer product development.

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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