NJ Employer Sr. Research Investigator (4854-292) in Keyport, New Jersey

We are seeking highly motivated and passionate candidates with clearly demonstrated leadership skills and expertise in natural products and food science research. The primary responsibility of this position is to lead and develop proprietary natural taste modulation solutions and clean label flavor ingredients.Scope of the position includes * Design and conduct research for developing proprietary, cost-effective, globally natural, and clean-label flavor ingredients and flavorings with taste modifying properties. * Coordinate and conduct analytical research as related to natural products isolation, identification, and quantification. * Identify raw material and natural product sources for product development and commercialization. Coordinate raw material supply chain * Develop/obtain required sensory and analytical data, regulatory approval and coordinate scale up and commercialization of the products by working closely with different departments. * Write organized reports to summarize research findings and product development process.Review competitor product and patent literature and write patents for novel productsKey Responsibilities: * Develop natural taste modulation and clean label taste solutions 60% * Coordinate raw material sourcing, product evaluation, analytical and regulatory validation, process scale up, and commercialization 20% * Review 'prior art', prepare patent applications, and technical reports 15% * Travel 5%Required Skills:Essential: * Proven track record in leading, developing, and commercializing differentiating natural products for taste or nutrition functionality * Ph.D in biochemistry, food science or other natural products related fields with a minimum of 5 years research experience in natural products * Strong knowledge of plant secondary metabolism, enzymatic biotransformation, food science, and culinary science. * Strong skills in natural products research including extraction, distillation, chromatographic isolation and separation, biotransformation, and chemical instrumental analysis (HPLC, LCMS). * Strong communication skills - both written and verbal. * Strong interpersonal skills. * Computer proficiency in Microsoft Office.Required Experience:Preferred: * Experience and expertise in taste modulation research * Experience in natural vanilla research