Senior Sensory Scientist

Number of employees

140

Chicago, IL, United States

Posted on: 2023-09-27

Category: food

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Employment type:

Full time

Experience required:

Senior

Salary

Salary not provided

About the company:

Nature’s Fynd is a Chi­ca­­go-based food com­pa­ny cre­at­ing ver­sa­tile alterna­tive pro­teins to nour­ish the world’s grow­ing pop­u­la­tion while nur­tur­ing the plan­et. Born out of research con­duct­ed for NASA on microbes in Yellowstone Nation­al Park, the company’s break­through tech­nol­o­gy pro­duces Fy™. Fy is a new-to-the-world, nutri­tion­al fun­gi protein that only uses a frac­tion of the resources required by tra­di­tion­al agri­cul­ture. We use Fy to make delicious, nutritious, and sustainable meat and dairy alternatives.

Nature’s Fynd is a groundbreaking food tech company born out of NASA-supported research on extremophiles in the geothermal pools of Yellowstone National Park. Our novel fermentation technology produces a sustainable source of complete protein using only a fraction of the resources required by traditional agriculture. As the challenge to feed the world’s expanding population grows, our mission is to create amazing foods and materials that provide sustainable choices and nurture the planet.

We’re looking for passionate, driven, and ambitious people to join our fast-growing team.

The Sr. Sensory Scientist will be responsible for managing sensory projects focused on our ingredient & its different formats.  This position will report directly to the Sensory Manager & work closely with ingredient science, analytical, data science, quality, R&D, engineering, & product development.  The ideal candidate will have a background in flavor & sensory science & demonstrate a combination of technical & interpersonal skills.

Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams on complex projects & recommend appropriate sensory testing to support projects based on the company’s objectives
  • Participate in cross-functional product and ingredient development projects and guide activities on improving sensory aspects of products/Ingredients 
  • Schedule, design & execute sensory tests, including panelist recruitment, survey software programing, sample prep, serving, & clean up
  • Statistically analyze & report sensory data, drawing meaningful conclusions, & recommendations for product optimization
  • Develop methodologies that allow correlating sensory and analytical results to guide product and ingredient development 
  • Create and Maintain ingredient/product sensory lexicons 
  • Train & monitor performance of panelists
  • Develop quality sensory protocols
  • Stay updated on industry trends & emerging technologies related to sensory science, flavor chemistry, & contribute to innovation in product development
  • Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Sensory, Food Science or technical/related field
  • 5+ years of food industry experience in a sensory role
  • Strong fundamental knowledge of sensory principles, test design, execution & analyses
  • Extensive working knowledge of all qualitative & quantitative sensory science methodologies, specifically Spectrum™ descriptive analysis
  • Competency in sensory survey softwares (experience in RedJade would be beneficial)
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to prioritize & manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Versatility, flexibility and willingness to work enthusiastically within changing priorities
  • Detail-oriented & organized

  • Preferred Qualifications:
  • Demonstrated understanding of food science & flavor chemistry in ingredient & finished product applications
  • Experience correlating analytical methods such as GC-MS, e-nose and/or e-tongue data to sensory data
  • Familiarity with plant and/or fungi based foods
  • Benefits:

  • Participation in Employee Stock Ownership Program
  • 100% paid employee benefits (medical, dental, vision)
  • Generous Parental leave policy
  • Opportunity to join a company with an aggressive growth trajectory that will revolutionize multiple industries
  • Engaging and dynamic work culture full of innovation and collaboration with your fellow Fynders
  • Commitment To Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, And Belonging:

  • Nature’s Fynd views equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a culture where everyone can thrive. We strive to create a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values
  • EEO Statement:

  • We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law
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