SENIOR SCIENTIST APPLIED RESEARCH – MICROBIOLOGY

Our client is a global healthcare leader that helps people live more fully at all stages of life. Their portfolio of life-changing technologies spans the spectrum of healthcare, with leading businesses and products in diagnostics, medical devices, nutritionals and branded generic medicines. Their 103,000 colleagues serve people in more than 160 countries.

JOB DESCRIPTION:

MAIN PURPOSE OF ROLE

Ability to execute highly complex or specialized projects. Adapts precedent and may make significant departures from traditional approaches to develop solutions. Carries out complex/critical fundamental or applied research in the biological or physical sciences or in mathematics requiring appreciable originality and ingenuity.

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES

Devises and manages applied research projects necessary to resolve microbiological challenges occurring in the organization’s nutrition production facilities as well as third party manufacturing sites.

Maintains advanced scientific awareness of important microbial populations (e.g. food borne pathogens, spoilage related, environmental, human microbiome, probiotic) and their potential impact on food safety, hygiene status and health/wellness.

Familiar with a range of microbiological identification techniques/platforms (e.g. classical, biochemical, molecular, rapid) and methods for validating the same. Experience with next-generation sequencing technologies and bioinformatics analysis considered a plus.

Familiar with routine immunochemistry techniques necessary for food allergen testing, evaluation and management.

Employs a range of investigation tools as necessary to conduct root-cause and risk analyses.

Provides field-specific technical/scientific expertise to various internal functional groups including but not limited to Patent/Legal, Regulatory, Medical/Safety, and Quality Assurance.

Researches and synthesizes scientific information and communicates effectively with a range of audiences with differing professional backgrounds.

Utilizes basic understanding of food processing technologies (e.g. aseptic, retort, spray drying, extrusion) and associated risk and control features to assist teams ranging from product development to plant investigations.

Employs observational skills and critical thinking in support of audits of select suppliers, Third-Party Manufacturers (TPM), and Third-Party Laboratories (TPL).

EXPERIENCE/BACKGROUND

Minimum 8 years in Food and/or Beverage preferred. Fermentation or Pharmaceutical Industries considered.

EDUCATION

P.h.D. in Microbiology preferred

All applicants for this position must be authorized to work in the U.S. now and in the future without requiring sponsorship.

For additional information, please contact Moira McGrath, (954) 428-3888 or moira@foodscience.com.