Principal Food Scientist in Austin, TX at PointOne Recruiting Solutions

Date Posted: 6/26/2019

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Job Description

Are you a Food Scientist looking for a PRINCIPAL SCIENTIST opportunity in the food safety industry?  Do you have a Ph.D in Food Science, Microbiology, or Chemistry? Are you ready to play a lead role in providing high level scientific expertise to routine laboratory service clientele and contract research customers?

If you would like to grow your career and be part of a successful leader in dairy food products, then you could be what our client, a leader in their industry, is looking for in their next PRINCIPAL SCIENTIST.  This is an excellent opportunity with a very fast growing company that offers a very competitive compensation package, relocation assistance, and an excellent benefits package.  If this is for you or someone you know, please forward a current resume to:



§  Maintains a high degree of technical competence by reading scientific journals, attending professional workshops, and being aware of food industry regulations, issues, and trends.

§  Assists Chief Science Officer with identifying and evaluating new or improved food and environmental testing methods to ensure that the most up-to-date technology is provided to clientele.

§  Assist Chief Science Officer with coordinating vendor presentations, site visits, and in-lab evaluations of new technologies that can be utilized in routine laboratory testing to improve scientific applicability, analytical sensitivity, diagnostic sensitivity, diagnostic specificity, turn-around-time, reliability, ruggedness, and cost.

§  Frequently travels to attend scientific meetings and industry trade shows to stay abreast of current scientific, industry, and regulatory trends and to interact with clientele.

§  Continually seeks speaking engagements at scientific meetings and industry trade shows in order to demonstrate client technical expertise.

§  Continually seeks involvement on committees for scientific and industry organizations in order to demonstrate client technical expertise and stay abreast of current food safety trends.

§  Prepares technical writing pieces for periodicals and newsletters.

§  Works on developing proficient and manageable programs for new business resulting in company growth and profitability. This includes supporting sales staff in site visits with client clientele in order to generate routine laboratory business revenue and revenue for contract research services.

§  Assumes an elevated level of responsibility in providing technical guidance for all levels of the company by participating in programs such as the Technical Manager training sessions and monthly technical webinars.

§  Responsive to customer needs in both routine laboratory services and contract research services.

§  Interacts directly with operational staff and clients to discuss food safety concerns, regulatory guidance, testing needs, and results.

§  Provides technical guidance to laboratory operations personnel via direct communication and TechAid responses.

§  Plans, proposes, and communicates with clients regarding contract research services. This position serves as a primary coordinator of contract research services for large national accounts and for other contract research services that pose a technical or scientific challenge to ensure successful completion

Job Requirements


§  Ph.D. in Food Science & Technology, Microbiology, Chemistry, or related field required

§  5 years' industrial food safety and quality assurance experience or equivalent combination of education and experience

§  Working knowledge of aseptic sampling technique, automated lab equipment, and acceptable methods and procedures

§  Familiarity with USDA MLG, FDA BAM, CMMEF, APHA, and AOAC methods and procedures

§  Broad knowledge of concepts, practices, and procedures of a food testing laboratory

§  International food processing and retail experience preferred.

§  Applied food analysis experience with multiple food types and multiple laboratories preferred

§  Color vision and depth perception required



The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

§  Overnight travel required

§  Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard and mouse and to handle other communications/computer components

§  Potential exposure to odors, fumes, airborne particles, hazardous chemicals, and microbiological pathogens

§  Noise level varies from quiet to loud

§  Temperature varies from hot to cold

§  Interactive and fast-paced team oriented tasks

§  Occassionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds


Progressive 401k Retirement Savings Plan 
• Employer Paid Short and Long Term Disability, and Life Insurance 
• Group Medical 
• Tuition Reimbursement 
• Flexible Spending Accounts 
• Dental 
• Paid Holidays and Time Off 
• Many positions which qualify for the company bonus program


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