Principal Scientist

Job Location: 
San Antonio, TX

Are you a Food Lab Scientist looking for a PRINCIPAL SCIENTIST opportunity in the food industry?  Do you have a Ph.D in Food Science or Microbiology and want to use your laboratory expertise to evaluate new or improved food testing methods? Are you comfortable and experienced in aseptic sampling technique, automated lab equipment, USDA, MLG, FDA BAM, CMMEF, APHA, and AOAC methods and procedures? If you would like to grow your career and be part of a successful leader in food safety testing, 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.
Prepares and/or approves reports for said contract research services.
Coordinates and executes contract research services.
Prepares associated budgets for said contract research services.
Prepares billing for said contract research services.
Ensures that client satisfaction and concerns are properly addressed by providing technical assistance for corrective action investigations.
Authors or reviews standard operating procedures for routine laboratory testing procedures and non-routine specialized testing.
Assists Chief Science Officer to develop proficient and manageable programs for new contract research service business resulting in company growth and profitability, by assisting with development and improvement of marketing materials, client visits, and sales presentations.
Travels for and assists with in-plant investigations and troubleshooting for clients.



Ph.D. in Food Science & Technology, Microbiology, Chemistry, or related field required
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
5 years' industrial food safety and quality assurance OR equivalent combination of education and experience
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

Recruiter Name: 
Scott Fregien
Recruiter Phone: 
(262) 886-8000 ext. 221
Food & Beverage

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