Lead Scientist, Polymer Analytical Chemist

Date: Jun 4, 2024

Location: Wilmington, DE, US

Company: IFF Family of Companies

Job Description



We have an opportunity for a Senior Analytical Chemist in the Designed Enzymatic Biomaterials (DEB)  Polymer Characterization team at our Experimental Station site in Wilmington, Delaware.  The Polymer Characterization team is part of Advanced Analytical-Biosciences group in  the Health and Biosciences (H&B) business unit of International Flavors and Fragrances (IFF).  The position supports the research and development of novel synthetic and natural polysaccharides, and other biomaterials. 


This role provides analytical support for the R&D team as they develop new polysaccharides.  We are looking for an experienced polymer analysis chemist who will assist in the characterization of new macromolecules, and develop new polymer characterization approaches for designed enzymatic biomaterials (DEB).  Laboratory work will include using HPLC, GPC, light scattering, dilute solution viscometry, spectrometry, and related techniques as well as assessing process-structure-property correlations for DEB and other polysaccharide-based materials.  In this role, close cooperation within the various DEB R&D project teams, the Advanced Analytical-Biosciences team, , and across other R&D and business groups is essential.  Note that this position is laboratory based (up to 80% time).  



  • Prepare and analyze polymer samples submitted by project team members using HPLC, GPC, and related techniques available in Polymer Characterization lab. Support other team members in  maintenance and troubleshooting the analytical equipment.
  • Interpret and report the data in terms of suggested molecular/supramolecular structure of polymers and its effect on polymer properties.
  • Develop new analytical methods to measure structural  properties of polymers
  • Consult DEB project team members on characterization aspects of product development
  • Provide leadership for the Polymer Characterization lab including laboratory safety

Job Requirements



  • PhD Degree in Analytical Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry, or a related field 
  • 10+ years experience in polymer chemistry 
  • Strong expertise in multidetector gel permeation chromatography (GPC), light scattering and other polymer characterization techniques development.
  • Proven project leadership experience
  • Experience with HPLC, particularly Waters Empower software, is highly desired.
  • General knowledge of physics l and biochemistry of synthetic and natural polymers


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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Nearest Major Market: Wilmington
Nearest Secondary Market: Philadelphia