Senior Ingredient Scientist

Our client a groundbreaking food company based in Chicago, IL is seeking a Senior Scientist. This is an exciting opportunity to work with a fast growing company and work in a state of the art lab.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Investigate the composition of different mycoprotein ingredients including proteins, carbohydrates, and small molecules
  • Elucidate the functionality of the specific components of the mycoprotein ingredient
  • Understand interaction(s) of the ingredient in food matrices with other functional ingredients
  • Work cross-functionally with product development to translate insights on ingredients and specific components to food prototypes
  • Independently execute tasks including development of new assays, setting up new methods, regular sample handling, and developing analytical methods
  • Working well in teams to develop new technology and products you'd never achieve on your own
  • Provide data-driven insights to solve technical challenges
  • Conduct bench-top work, and analyze, summarize present scientific outcomes
  • Provide accurate, clear, and concise reports on R&D activities

Required Experience:

  • Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Protein Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, or a related biological science field, with 5+ years of research expertise in protein biochemistry and biological polymer biochemistry (including characterization and purification strategies)
  • Industrial experience required
  • Expertise with a range of analytical techniques in protein biochemistry and polymer chemistry
  • Experience in food characterization and functionality of ingredients
  • Experience in protein modeling and protein structure-function analysis and software
  • Interest in collaboration with multidisciplinary teams, and willingness to brainstorm in topics outside your area of research
  • Ability to work independently, but as part of a wider team
  • Willingness to mentor both senior and junior research colleagues
  • Excellent communication, presentation and organizational skills
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