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Kemin Industries Research Associate in Des Moines, Iowa


SUMMARY:The Research Associate provides research and development support for product development projects through scientific methodologies. This position may provide a supporting role in various research projects or may independently perform small research projects as needed by the business unit.

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.

We are a global ingredient manufacturer that strives to sustainably transform the quality of life every day for 80 percent of the world with its products and services.

For over half a century, Kemin has been dedicated to using applied science to address industry challenges and offer product solutions to customers in more than 120 countries. Kemin provides ingredients to feed a growing population with its commitment to the quality, safety and efficacy of food, feed and health-related products to customers in more than 120 countries.

Established in 1961, Kemin is a privately held, family-owned-and-operated company with more than 2,800 global employees and operations in 90 countries, including manufacturing facilities in Belgium, Brazil, China, India, Italy, Russia, San Marino, Singapore, South Africa and the United States.

MINIMUM EDUCATION (including licenses, certifications, designations, etc.):

  • At least a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry, or Analytical Chemistry with 2-4 years of related experience preferred, with at least 1 year of academic experience

  • Masters degree (preffered) in Chemistry, Biochemistry, or Analytical Chemistry with 0-2 years experience


  • Support other scientists and work independently in performing laboratory experiments.

  • Responsible for supporting R&D projects

  • Draft SOPs and research protocols, with supervision

  • Maintain accurate and detailed electronic laboratory notebooks.

  • Perform data analysis, with supervision

  • Complete multiple projects in a timely manner.

  • Prepare and present research reports in multiple formats

  • Contribute to scientific publications used for internal purposes. May be cited as an author following Kemin’s authorship guidelines.

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


  • Interact with customers to address technical or regulatory questions and provides solutions to problems regarding Kemin.

  • Maintain lab supply inventory


  • 2-3 years of analytical chemistry instrumentation experience

  • 1-3 years of academic research experience

  • Wet chemistry lab skills

  • Able to follow EHS/lab safety rules.

  • Experience with GC or HPLC

  • Experience with UV-Vis is a plus

  • Ability to work under pressure.

  • Analytical lab skills.

  • Working knowledge of statistics for the analytical laboratory.

  • Ability to maintain instruments.

  • Excellent Scientific skills in experiment design and data collection.

  • Working understanding of computer programs (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc.)

  • Demonstrated organizational and prioritization skills.

  • Scientific curiosity and innovative thinking

  • Handle multiple projects efficiently.

  • Reliable and self-motivated.

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

  • Ability to interact well with others in a team environment.

  • Basic understanding of English, both written and oral.

  • Good project management skills.

PHYSICAL EFFORT NEEDED:On occasion the job may require physical effort to lift (30 lbs – 40 lbs) bags or 20 liter cans of solvents. More typically the job requires extensive use of computers.Must be able to walk, twist, bend, sit, squat, reach, and ability to carry up to 30-40 lbs for fairly short distances. Need to be able to stand for long periods of time in the laboratory.

ADDITIONAL DESIRED/TYPICAL SKILLS, EXPERIENCES, AND FUNCTIONS: May vary for each business unit, specific to position. See Posting Supplement for more information.

TYPICAL NUMBER OF DIRECT REPORTS:No Direct Reports (Possible Intern Oversight)

Positions with direct reports require people leadership and the ability to effectively direct, coach, and develop others.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: See Posting Supplement for additional information.

ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS:On a frequent basis chemists are exposed to solvents and acids/bases that can be harmful if not used properly. Working location is a typical lab environment- ambient room temperature, well-ventilated, well-lit, low background noise, standing and sitting. Dust, exposure to reagents and solvents low background noise, temperature controlled, well ventilated, and well lit environment. Normal conditions for a chemical manufacturing facility. Requires proper safety equipment.

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT: Safety glasses, thermal gloves, aprons, face shield, ear protection, and other protection are all provided. Other related GMP, quality, and other job-

specific PPE safety attire will be required to be worn as well. (safety-toed shoes, hair/beard net, gloves, lab coats, respirator, uniforms, etc.) PPE may vary per position; See Posting for more information.

TRAVEL:Minimal domestic or international travel is possible May vary per position. See Posting Supplement for more information.

In Kemin’s culture, this position may be required to perform additional duties as needed. The above noted document is not intended to describe, in exhaustive detail, the multitude of tasks that may be entailed with the position, but rather to give the team member a general sense of the responsibilities and expectations. As the nature of business demands change, so too do the essential functions of the position.

Kemin is an At Will Employer. This document is not meant to be an offer, contract, or promise of future or continued employment. For more information, contact Human Resources.

Kemin is an equal opportunity employer

LocationUS-IA-Des Moines

Posted Date3 months ago(10/26/2020 9:34 AM)

Job ID2020-6533


CategoryResearch & Development

Position TypeRegular Full-Time