Research Associate

Date: Mar 26, 2024

Location: Wilmington, DE, US

Company: IFF Family of Companies

Requisition  ID : 497208 

Job Description


At IFF, we push beyond traditional boundaries – applying science and creativity for a better world and a more sustainable future. Collectively we are committed to being catalysts for good.

With a broad biotech portfolio and a legacy and pipeline of industry firsts, IFF works at the cutting edge of biotechnology innovation, so our customers can stay ahead of market trends, creating industry leading products that transform markets – and everyday lives. We are innovative solvers who work across a range of markets to advance bio-based solutions to meet the needs of a growing population, while protecting our environment for future generations.  

IFF Health & Biosciences applies expert science to advance market-driven, healthy and sustainable solutions for the food, beverage, dietary supplement and pharmaceutical industries. We use cutting-edge biotechnology across a range of markets to advance bio-based solutions to meet the needs of a growing population, while protecting our environment for future generations. We are innovative solvers who help our customers turn challenges into high-value business opportunities.


We are currently seeking associate level scientists to become part of an existing, experienced team of scientists based in Wilmington, DE supporting host construction, improvement, and product development projects. Candidates must have proven experience and a strong foundation in molecular biology and physiology. This will be a predominantly lab-based role with a focus on the construction, optimization, and improvement of microbial cell factories.




  • Contribute to project-related molecular/microbiology workstreams using modern molecular and cell biology.
  • Support optimization, analysis and improvement of cell factories based on project direction and data.
  • Carry out work that requires collaboration with others as part of a project team to deliver on project goals. 
  • Carry out project work as directed by project leader. 
  • Explore and implement new methods and technologies with project team.
  • Generate and effectively communicate data.
  • Prepare technical reports, data summaries, presentations, protocols, and other technical and regulatory documents.
  • Understanding of basic scientific principles of molecular and cell biology.



  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a multi-functional team to deliver on specific project goals.
  • Hands-on-mentality and a strong affinity for lab work. 
  • Willing to learn new skills and techniques.
  • Able to adapt to changes, drive multiple workstreams in parallel, and thrive in a fast-paced R&D environment.
  • Proven ability to work and collaborate with others to solve problems. 
  • Goal oriented and capable of task-oriented delivery.
  • Demonstrated team player and strong interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills and excellent attention to detail. Able to deliver consistent high-quality experimental data from molecular biology and analytical experiments.
  • Ability to be effective in a growing, dynamic, and changing business environment.


 Preferred Experience:


  • B.S. or M.S. degree in Biology/Microbiology/Molecular Biology.
  • 1-3 years of research experience in Microbiology/Molecular Biology.

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