Support Kalsec®’s research and development efforts in Food Protection by developing new products, discovering new products/processes, offering options of novel technologies, and supporting food and beverage applications projects. Serve as principle investigator by planning, designing, and independently conducting experiments and associated research activities
Essential Job Functions:
Independently manage multiple projects with attention to timelines, milestones, and resource utilization.
Prepare detailed reports describing research efforts, and when appropriate, present research results to scientific conferences, customers, Kalsec® staff and/or other groups.
Stay current on emerging technology and competitive products.
Apply extensive theoretical knowledge to apply antimicrobial products in food/beverage systems and test efficacy.
Apply extensive theoretical knowledge to identification of antimicrobial/antifungal properties of existing products.
Apply extensive theoretical knowledge to identification of biologically inspired production methods.
Gather, assess and report competitive and regulatory information.
Utilize advanced relationship skills to interface with diverse stakeholders such as customers, vendors, and toll manufacturers in order to advance specific projects in a collaborative fashion.
Independently conduct microbiological assays and collect data in support of Food Protection research and development activities.
Perform other duties as assigned
PhD in Food Microbiology, Microbiology or similar field or equivalent combination of education and industrial experience
Solid professional skills and practical experience in general microbiology.
Mastery of modern methods of molecular biology, broad analytical methods and a basic level of bioinformatics.
Hands-on experience with aseptic culturing of microbial organisms required.
Excellent attention to detail, organization, and time management skills.
Knowledge of common food pathogens, food safety, and/or nutrition.
Knowledge on food application and processing.
Hands-on experience with antimicrobial/antifungal testing and formulation.
Expertise in microbial physiology.
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
About Kalsec, Inc
Kalsec® is the leading global producer of natural spice and herb flavor extracts, natural colors, natural antioxidants and advanced hop products that help food and beverage companies make their products look better, taste better and last longer...naturally. For over 60 years, we have added value to our Customer’s brands by providing safe, reliable, innovative natural solutions while respecting the people and planet in which we interact.
We offer outstanding career opportunities for those striving to develop their talents in a family owned, globally focused company. We nurture a culture driven by creativity and innovation, while respecting an employee’s desire for stability and a strong work/life balance.
Founded in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Kalsec® has delivered a brand built on honesty, integrity and trust that will keep us sustainable for the next 100 years. Continued growth of our business has resulted in offices worldwide including Asia, Europe, Mexico and North America.