Position Purpose & Summary
Residing in the Research and Development job family, this position will provide technical expertise to Cargill in all the developing and emerging areas. This individual will be responsible for using their thorough knowledge in material science to provide support to research projects that create value for Cargill. This role supports parts of complex projects or leads certain projects and will improve and optimize existing methods with minimal oversight.
The incumbent serves as a subject matter expert in materials characterization using a wide range of scientific tools with focus in Quantitative Imaging using Microscopy techniques. The incumbent will also collaborate with multi-disciplinary research and development teams involving an understanding of food, ingredient and material systems.
60% Operate, and maintain instruments and develop methods in areas of microscopy including Electron microscopy (SEM/EDS and TEM), light microscopy and chemical microscopy (FTIR microscopy, confocal laser scanning and confocal Raman microscopy), and use the extracted data from imaging techniques to serve as basis for structure-function models. Support additional material characterization areas such as spectroscopy (including FTIR, Raman, fluorescence and UV-Vis) and other techniques. Provide technical support to all material science related activities including long-term research and short-term problem solving projects. Serve on multi-disciplinary project teams as the subject matter expert to identify problems, clarify questions and determine needed solutions. Communicate regularly with stakeholders such as project managers, business or group management, production, outside vendors, or technology providers.
20% Provide hands-on support to other research activities within the group, including food and material forensics, materials characterization, Time Domain NMR, , Computed Tomography, and X-ray diffraction.
10% Connect with external research institutions and commercial laboratories and establish partnerships to expand knowledge base and capabilities. Effectively represent Cargill at technical meetings, with customers, and with other technical and non-technical leaders inside Cargill. Lead/contribute to inventions and for intellectual property protection in the area of expertise.
10% Other Duties as assigned
• MS degree and 5 or more years experience OR PhD with 3 or more years research experience, in Materials Science, Physics, Chemistry, Food Science, Chemical Engineering, Biology, Biomedical Science/Engineering, or a closely related field.
• Experience and fundamental knowledge of microscopy in one or more of the following areas: Light Microscopy, Electron Microscopy (SEM/EDS, TEM), Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopy (CLSM), Chemical Microscopy (FTIR Microscopy, Confocal Raman Microscopy, Fluorescence Microscopy), and AFM.
• Experience of quantitative image analysis (using commercial image analysis software and/or mathematical/statistical modeling to quantitatively analyze microscopy images).
• Ability to communicate and present regularly with non-scientific stakeholders such as: project managers, business or group management, production, outside vendors, or technology providers.
• Must be able to travel up to 10%.
• Ph.D. with 5 or more years experience in Materials Science.
• Industrial experience demonstrating the application of material characterization tools to research projects.
• Familiar with general materials characterization techniques including but not limited to mechanical testings, surface and interfacial characterizations, particle size measurement and x-ray diffraction.
• Experience working with polymers and biological materials.
• Experience working with a wide range of food matrices such as protein, carbohydrates, fats and oils, etc.
• Ability to lead the acquisition and development of new analytical techniques.