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Kemin Industries Associate Scientist in Des Moines, Iowa


Position Overview

The Associate Scientist I is responsible for leading R&D projects, performing literature reviews, participate in the evaluation of intellectual property, and participate in external research collaborations.

We Are Kemin

We are visionaries who see things differently and are inspired by the world around us. We have been dedicated to using applied science to improve the quality of life for over half a century. Committed to feed and food safety, Kemin maintains top-of-the-line manufacturing facilities where over 500 specialty ingredients are made for humans and animals in the global feed and food industries, as well as the health, nutrition, beauty and textile markets. We provide product solutions and options to customers in more than 120 countries.

A privately held, family-owned and operated company, Kemin has more than 2,300 global employees and operates in 90 countries including manufacturing facilities in Belgium, Brazil, China, India, Italy, Russia, Singapore, South Africa and the United States.

What you’ll do:

  • Lead R&D projects with regular supervision.

  • Perform literature reviews and incorporating into research strategies.

  • Participate in external research collaborations, with management.

  • Actively identify and lead research areas that could lead to new product development or process improvement, with minimal supervision.

  • Independently develop SOPs, research protocols, and research methods.

  • Maintain accurate and detailed electronic laboratory notebooks.

  • Independently perform advanced data analysis and interpretation, including statistical analysis.

  • Independently perform laboratory experiments (plan, execute, analyze, and interpret results).

  • Generate scientific publications used for internal or external purposes, with management review.

  • Prepare and present research reports in multiple formats for both internal and external audiences.

  • Review internal publications.

  • Must adhere to laboratory standard operating procedures, documentation and guidelines.

  • Troubleshoot issues with laboratory equipment and instrumentation.

  • Manage and mentor direct reports to reach goals.

What we require of you:

  • PhD OR Master’s Degree with 4+ years of relevant experience OR Bachelor’s Degree with 7+ years of relevant experience in scientific or engineering field. (For high potential candidates with less experience, may consider hiring as a Research Associate)

  • Solid understanding and adherence to the Servant Leadership philosophy

  • Detail oriented, organized, prioritization skills, and motivated by accomplishment

  • Ability to work independently in a fast-paced multidisciplinary environment

  • Strong experimental design and problem solving skills.

  • Good written and oral communication skills, suitable for external presentations.

  • Advanced computer knowledge (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, etc.)

  • Ability to understand and perform basic statistical analysis

  • Analytical lab skills.

  • Ability to maintain instruments.

  • Excellent Scientific skills in experiment design and data collection.

  • Scientific curiosity and innovation.

  • Handle multiple projects efficiently.

  • Reliable and self-motivated.

  • Good project management skills.

  • Ability to apply knowledge quickly to projects.

LocationUS-IA-Des Moines

Posted Date3 days ago(1/13/2020 2:11 PM)

Job ID2020-6120


CategoryResearch & Development

Position TypeRegular Full-Time