Position title
Research Fellow at International Flavors and Fragrances

We are seeking highly motivated and enthusiastic candidates with clearly demonstrated expertise in natural products and/or food science research. The primary responsibility of this position is to develop natural and sustainable solutions that enhance flavor, health and wellbeing. As part of IFF’s Nourish R&D, we seek a scientist to innovate, create and expand our natural modulation and taste ingredients portfolio. This position will be located in Union Beach, New Jersey at IFF’s Research & Development facility. 



• Design and conduct innovative research to develop proprietary, global, natural, sustainable modulation and taste ingredients as part of IFF’s flavor portfolio.

• Explore, research, and source raw material for investigation of product potential.

• Analyze natural product profiles and functions using advance analytical tools including HPLC-MS, GCMS, NMR and metabolomics.

• Develop and optimize extraction and/or biotransformation processes.

• Coordinate and conduct analytical research as related to natural products isolation, identification, and quantification.

• Lead independent and collaborative sensory evaluation of pipeline products.

• Collaborate with flavor researchers and local units pertaining to natural product research, sensory evaluation, analytical and regulatory validation, sustainability, process optimization, product scale-up and commercialization.

• Write organized reports to summarize research findings and product development process.

• Review competitor product and patent literature and write patents for novel products.

• Identify, investigate, and implement new and emerging technologies in relevant fields.

• Prepare technical reports, data summaries, presentations, protocols, and other technical and regulatory documents.

• Participate in developing the intellectual property strategy and file patent applications in collaboration with peers and the legal team.


• Advanced degree in crop science, biochemistry, medicinal chemistry, plant sciences, food chemistry, or other natural products related fields. Ph.D. with >3 years of experience.

• Strong knowledge of metabolomics, plant secondary metabolism, enzymatic biotransformation, and/or food science.

• Strong skills in natural products research including metabolomics, extraction, distillation, chromatographic isolation and separation, and chemical instrumental analysis (HPLC, LCMS).

• Highly capable in statistical analysis.

• Proven record in initiation, development, execution, and completion of research projects.

• Strong communication skills – both written and verbal.

• Strong interpersonal skills.

• Demonstrated ability to contribute to multiple projects simultaneously with minimal input from supervisor.

• Strong ability to work in a cross-functional team environment.

• Motivated to develop flavor ingredients.

• Flexibility and drive to learn new skills as needed.

• Computer literacy (proficiency in Microsoft Office & Teams).

Employment Type
Job Location
Union Beach, New Jersey
Date posted
March 8, 2022
Valid through
April 30, 2022
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