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Kemin Industries Scientist - Thermal Processing Authority in Des Moines, Iowa


Kemin is seeking a Scientist to conduct applied research in palatant evaluation and palatability improvement in various forms of cat and dog wet pet food. The ideal candidate will be an experienced Thermal Processing Authority, acting as the technical lead on multiple cross functional teams, performing literature reviews and incorporating into research strategies. This position discovers internal and external opportunities to obtain new intellectual property and evaluating external intellectual property. The candidate should have skills allowing for the preparation and processing of different types of wet pet food (canned, frozen, fresh, loaves) and the use of palatants to improve the organoleptic properties of these products.

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.


  • Compile information on equipment and processes required preparing samples and prototypes in the various canned, pouch and loaf formats.

  • Utilize current methods used to improve palatability in various forms of preserved wet pet food.

  • Develop new methods of using liquid and dry palatants for improving palatability of canned pet foods.

  • Monitor and read contemporary technical materials and report on new developments described in the literature and at technical meetings and conferences.

  • Responsible for performing literature reviews and incorporating into research strategies.

  • Maintain certification status of preparing retorted pet foods.

  • Initiate and lead product development or commercial matrix efforts at bench, pilot, and production scales. When necessary, refine production protocols leading to performance improvement and cost savings.

  • Execute a continuous evaluation of new and existing ingredients and technologies regarding their functionality, implementation, and feasibility.

  • Prepare project summaries for internal and external use. Prepare formal project summary reports for internal archives.

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

  • Prepare patent applications concurrent with the development of novel and proprietary technical innovations when appropriate.

  • Participate at Product Innovation Process meetings to facilitate development of new products and/or processes. Based on priorities established, participate in project teams.

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

  • Independently lead multiple R&D projects.

  • Participate in the internal and external communication of results via scientific papers, conferences and seminars.

  • Generate scientific publications used for internal or external purposes.

  • Ensure all tasks are followed according to Kemin’s system procedures and internal instructions of the quality system.

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

  • Maintain accurate and detailed electronic laboratory notebooks.

  • Work closely with other functional areas to ensure that new technologies are developed in an efficient and timely fashion.

  • Interact with Product Management and Technical team to address technical questions and provide solutions to problems.

  • Be knowledgeable in and interact with Regulatory Affairs group to ensure research efforts are in keeping with current industry and governmental policies.

  • Review and approve SOPs, research protocols, and research methods.

  • Troubleshoot issues with laboratory equipment and instrumentation.

  • Participate in strategic planning and customer meetings.


  • Combination of education and professional experience that includes one of the following:

  • PhD with 5-7 years of relevant experience in a scientific or engineering field

  • Master’s Degree with 10+ years of relevant experience in a scientific or engineering field

  • Bachelor’s Degree with 15+ years of relevant experience in a scientific or engineering field

  • Must have a solid understanding and adherence to the Servant Leadership philosophy

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

  • Must be able to work independently in a fast-paced multidisciplinary environment

  • Ability to interact well with others in a team 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 advanced 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 months ago(10/23/2020 11:19 AM)

Job ID2020-6517


CategoryResearch & Development

Position TypeRegular Full-Time