Research Associate - St. Charles, MO

We are seeking internal and external candidates for two Research Associate positions within Research and Development.

Summary: Develops, organizes, manages, conducts and assists with food science research for use in individual project or in Research & Development Department projects by performing the following duties.

Job Functions

  • Supports the customer efforts, product development and innovation within R&D by working with scientists in a cross-functional team.
  • Generates ideas and suggestions in support of new product development within the Research & Development Department.
  • Develops plans or studies guidelines for project prepared by department scientists to outline research procedures to be followed.
  • Conducts research, utilizing laboratory, archives, and collections, and other sources of information, to collect, record, analyze, and evaluate facts.
  • Plans schedule according to variety of methods to be used, availability and quantity of resources, and number of personnel assigned to participate in project.
  • Discusses findings with other personnel to evaluate validity of findings.
  • Prepares reports of completed projects for use in further applied or theoretical research activities.

Bachelor’s degree from four-year college or university
Major(s): Food science, biology, chemistry, or other related field

Six (6) months to one (1) year related experience or training required; experience gained through internships and in-school project or research work may be considered for new graduates.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Understands food product manufacturing equipment including but not limited to meat grinders, spray dryer, canning equipment, extrusion machines, and dry blend equipment.
  • Knowledge of safety practices applicable to food research laboratory environments and ability to follow designated safety procedures.
  • Ability to maintain accurate records relating to jobs as they are planned performed and completed.  Skill to use electronic means for recording data.
  • Knowledge of properties and applications of ingredients and materials involved in testing and the skill to safely handle them.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills to interact effectively with peers, co-workers, scientists, researchers, supervisors, customers and vendors as required.
  • Ability to follow instructions and respond to management direction.
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical materials.
  • Proficient skill level in MS Office Applications such as Word and Excel.

Travel:  Up to 10%, air or vehicle, domestic

Work Location: St. Charles, Missouri

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

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