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Research Fellow Analytical Research/Material Sciences

Company name
International Flavors & Fragrances Inc.

Union Beach, NJ

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We are IFF. We are the catalyst for discoveries that spark the senses and transform the everyday. International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. is a leading innovator of sensorial experiences that move the world. At the heart of our company, we are fueled by a sense of discovery, constantly asking “what if?” That passion for exploration drives us to co-create unique scents and tastes in fine fragrances and beauty, detergents and household goods, as well as beloved foods and beverages.

Our 7,300 team members globally take advantage of leading consumer insights, research and development, creative expertise, and customer intimacy to develop differentiated products.

Dreamers and doers, we work tirelessly to discover flavors and fragrances that inspire customers and delight consumers. We are fueled by our four corporate values of passion, creativity, expertise and empowerment. It is the unique blend of these values that make us IFF. These qualities can be seen and felt throughout our amazing 127 year history and will continue to guide us as we explore our limitless possibilities and develop new-to-world solutions that enhance the lives of millions around the globe.

As a Research Fellow with the Analytical Research department, you will participate in the development and use of technologies that provide IFF with new opportunities for profitable growth.

The Research Fellow is responsible for the development and execution of the microscopic and material characterization techniques in order to assist customers with effective scientific evidences to address their needs. This role translates observations into actionable research activities for project progression.

The Research Fellow’s primary activities include the planning and execution of complex research projects obtaining mechanistic understanding of key flavor and fragrance delivery systems and addressing performance issues of IFF products using SEM, TEM, AFM, EDX, IR, Flourescent Spectroscopy, thermal analyzers and other characterization techniques. This role also requires you to have strong project management skills which includes setting priorities, the development of technical approaches, creation of methods and processes to support sample/prototype preparation for analysis, execution of research plan, interpretation of data, development of next steps and providing guidance to junior scientists. Critical to your success in this role is a legacy of technical creativity and demonstrated ability to coordinate projects of modest size are expected.

This role requires the development of an expert level understanding of advanced materials characterization techniques, in-depth knowledge of fragrance and flavor delivery systems and a proven track record of problem solving skills.

Key Responsibilities...


Conduct bench-level experiments for research activities

20% Act as a functional representative on project and project management teams


Develop technical approaches and project plans


Analyze/interpret data, accurately document experiments, draw conclusions and provide solutions and/or action steps to support clients

Required Skills

Demonstrated advanced technical knowledge and proven conceptual ability

Demonstrated ability to lead cross-functional projects of moderate scope and size

Demonstrated ability to supervise lower level technical professionals

Body of work establishes this individual as subject matter expert within R&D

Able to provide expert consultation to IFF colleagues and customers

Required Experience

Ph.D. in Material Science or related discipline and minimal of 10 years industrial research experience

BS degree with 20 years or MS degree with 15 years of appropriate experience

Job Location

Union Beach, New Jersey, United States

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Company info

International Flavors & Fragrances Inc.
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Company Profile
Stafford Allen, a miller, and Charles May, a druggist and herb grower, join forces to produce pure drugs in an era when sawdust was a routine ingredient on the pharmacy shelf. They focus on production of essential oils, especially sandalwood oil and clove. By the 1870s the company has branched out to Africa, where it obtains almond oil, cochineal, peach, and apricot kernels.

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