Scientist I - Flavor, Biotech

Date: May 26, 2024

Location: Union Beach, NJ, US, 07735

Company: IFF Family of Companies

Requisition  ID : 497466 

Job Description


It’s an exciting time to be part of IFF’s Food Biotech team. As a research scientist, you will play a pivotal role in our cutting-edge research and development of natural flavors and taste modulation ingredients in line with corporate strategies and business targets. 

We are seeking a highly motivated and creative Scientist specializing in upstream development of natural and sustainable flavor ingredients with a focus on target discovery and bio-based process development.  

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

Key Responsibilities:


  • Contribute to lab scale process development to implement upstream discovery of flavor and modulation ingredients through microbial fermentation and biocatalysis
  • Design and conduct microbial strain screening. 
  • Conduct instrumental analysis (GC-MS & HPLC) of flavor components in samples to establish an in-depth knowledge of flavor chemistry, pathways and molecular mechanisms.
  • Work with flavorists, sensory and application scientists to validate new ingredients performance.
  • Support scale-up process to production and assist in supply chain management and regulatory review.
  • Write organized reports and present findings with team.
  • Review patents and scientific articles and propose research initiatives aligned with corporate and divisional strategies.

Required Experience and Skills:


  • MS in Biochemistry, Food Science, Microbiology, or related fields with +3 years of research experience in laboratory 
  • Strong knowledge of flavor chemistry 
  • Skills of microbial strain improvement and screening 


  • Understanding of bioreactor principles and metabolic pathways 
  • Experience in instrumental analysis (HPLC, GCMS)
  • Experience in sensory evaluation (taste & smell)
  • Proficiency in statistical data analysis
  • Self-motivated and act like an owner with agility and teamwork
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong ability to work in a cross-functional team environment


Preferred Experience and Skills:


  • Industrial laboratory experience
  • Understanding of fermentation scale-up and downstream process
  • Experience in High throughput experimentation for strain and metabolite screening
  • Experience in flavor fractionation and reconstitution that lead to target flavor profiles

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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