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R&D Senior Scientist

Date: Nov 24, 2022

Location: Wilmington, DE, US, 19803

Company: IFF Family of Companies

Requisition  ID : 465641 

Job Description



  • Identifying, assessing, and developing new scientific concepts, technologies and/or products to provide solutions to the biopharmaceutical industry, carried out in close collaboration with customers and internal stakeholders in all regions.
  • Managing scientific, technical, or information projects, coordinating with other professionals, such as manufacturing, marketing, sales, supply chain and support personnel to accomplish specific project objectives.
  • Demonstrating functional excellence in the application of the scientific method and design of experiments.
  • Timely documentation and generation of intellectual property.
  • Enabling business decisions via clear communication of results to technical teams, management, and customers.
  • Being an active member of broader R&D community to drive growth in core market segments and transformational technology platforms across all regions.
  • Works as part of and leader of teams evaluating existing and developing new excipient and ingredient technologies for use in biopharmaceutical processing and liquid pharmaceutical formulations.  
  • Understands the group objectives and the business or group's value creating strategy and is an important contributor to the technical solutions that result in project and team success. Trains other work group members and contractors on specific work processes, equipment, machinery, for which the incumbent is a work group subject matter expert.
  • Leads the team or work group in identifying improvement opportunities in area of Environmental, Health and Safety (EH&S) and implements improved EH&S practices and procedures



We are seeking candidates who have earned a PhD or equivalent in Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering, Biomedical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Polymer Science and Engineering, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Laboratory Medicine, or closely related field. Individuals with 1-5 years industry experience are desired but exceptional post-docs and graduate students with expected degree completion within 3 months are also encouraged to apply. Individuals with Master’s degrees in similar fields and 4-7 years relevant laboratory experience will also be considered.


  • Should have expertise of excipients, ingredients, and materials used in biopharmaceutical formulations or processes used in biopharmaceutical development and manufacture, such as recombinant protein production, viral vector development, tissue engineering, and/or cell therapies.
  • Should have experience in the culture of mammalian cells for production of recombinant proteins, viral vectors, tissue engineering, or cell therapies.
  • Must have strong multi-tasking, problem solving and time management skills. The ability to provide reasonable timelines for work and consistently deliver against them.  Comfort at communicating constraints on timelines and a willingness to work with others to accept them or identify alternative routes.
  • Strong technical and interpersonal skills to work effectively in a team environment.  
  • Demonstrated ability to learn new technologies with an understanding of basic chemistry and biology principles and apply understanding to make suggestions for improvements 
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Must have strong multi-tasking, problem solving and time management skills. 
  • A self-starter who can identify, prioritize and accomplish multiple tasks.
  • The ability to lift 25 pounds and operate laboratory equipment.

Job Requirements


Preferred Experience:


In addition to the above qualifications, exceptional candidates will further have at least one of:


  • Expertise in suspension mammalian cell culture and or 3-D tissue engineering
  • Expertise in water soluble polymers and gel-forming polymers.
  • Expertise in areas related to colloid and interface science, especially liquid interfaces.
  • Expertise in pharmaceutical dosage form preparation/characterization, pharmaceutical excipients, or polymer characterization.
  • Expertise in liquid solution rheology.

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