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Senior Scientist, Assay Development

At Firmenich people are at the heart of the company, we are committed to equal employment opportunities and value diversity in the workplace.

Senior Scientist, Assay Development


Key Responsibilities:

  • GPCR functionalization to support fundamental and applied human olfaction science in the flavor and fragrance industry.
  • In vitro cell-based assay development amenable to high-throughput biochemical screening, including stable cell line engineering, pluripotent stem cell differentiation, chaperone identification, and activity reporter technologies.
  • Maintain up-to-date awareness of relevant emerging knowledge and technologies to continually identify opportunities to improve current procedures, protocols, and systems.
  • Management of scientific research projects.
  • Analysis, interpretation and communication of data in cross-functional teams to drive project progress and generate novel scientific hypotheses.


  • PhD  in Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Biology or related field with 4+ years of post-doctoral experience in an academic or industry R&D laboratory, or MS with 6+ years post-graduate laboratory experience.
  • Expertise in protein, preferably GPCR, functionalization including cell surface targeting, cell-based assay optimization
  • Practical and theoretical expertise in biochemistry, pharmacology, and cellular and molecular biology. Drug-discovery or plate-based screening experience would be an advantage.
  • Demonstrated ability to become proficient with new technologies (equipment and software) and innovate on processes.
  • Experience with Computer software such as Excel, GraphPad Prism, PowerPoint, R Studio.
  • Demonstrable skills in bioinformatics/transcriptomics and statistics would be a major advantage.

We value:

  • Motivated and intellectually curious scientists looking for an opportunity to work at the cutting-edge of olfaction research.
  • The drive and ability to manage multiple projects, developing solutions to complex biological and technical problems.
  • Team-centric approach with strong collaboration, organizational, time management, and communication skills.

We offer:

  • The ability to be a part of a highly creative, diverse and imaginative team in an incredibly competitive and inspiring industry.
  • A fast-paced environment surrounded by some of the biggest talents and brands in the flavors, beauty and fragrance industries.
  • An opportunity to conduct research that both tackles fundamental scientific questions and has direct business impact.
  • Excellent opportunities for career development.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential function. Firmenich is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veteran


At Firmenich, we create an environment in which employees are valued, motivated and encouraged to reach their full potential. We foster entrepreneurial spirit and imaginative teamwork with freedom to act within our strategic plans. We recruit and develop the best talents, rewarding them accordingly.


We offer competitive pay, career growth opportunities, and an outstanding benefits program that features:

* Generous Paid Time Off!

* Quarterly Bonus Potential!

* Retirement Plans!

* 401(k) with Company Match!

* Low Cost Medical, Dental & Rx & Vision Coverage!

* Tuition Assistance for Employees and Children!

* Flexible Spending Accounts!

* Tobacco-Free Campus!

* And Many More Employee-Friendly Programs!



Nearest Major Market: Manhattan
Nearest Secondary Market: New York City

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