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Lab Technician

Country/Region:  US
Job function:  LABS

Laboratory Technician

Plainsboro, NJ, US



Are you a meticulous, responsible, and intellectually curious individual strongly interested in the science of smell and taste?  Would you like to grow as a laboratory professional and researcher by conducting sensory panel evaluations of food and scented products?  If so, we’d encourage you to apply for the role of Laboratory Technician at dsm-firmenich, a global leader in nutrition, health, and beauty.


At dsm-firmenich, being a force for good is not optional. Diversity, Equity & Inclusion is a shared responsibility woven into our daily work, benefiting to our People, Customers & Communities and driving business value. Equal access to opportunities is a given, belonging is a shared feeling, authenticity is celebrated.



Your key responsibilities

  • Prepare samples for sensory studies and run sensory panels by meticulously following protocols and instructions.
  • Accomplish retention and recruitment of panelists via online surveys, website, etc.
  • Identify problems, analyze possible causes, and suggest improvements in methods, techniques, and equipment.
  • Maintain a well-organized laboratory and inventory, document procedures, and update lab notebook.
  • Assist with data analyses, literature searches, and software programming of sensory tests.
  • Operate and maintain laboratory instruments (e.g., olfactometer).


We bring

  • The ability to see the workings of the Flavor & Fragrance industry and real-world applications of sensory science.
  • A rich history and a promising future of bold scientific innovation and passionate creation with our customers;
  • A culture that prioritizes safety and well-being, both physically and mentally;
  • A flexible work environment that empowers people to take accountability for their work and own the outcome;
  • Barrier-free communities within our organization where every employee is equally valued and respected – regardless of their background, beliefs, or identity;
  • We offer competitive pay, career growth opportunities, and outstanding benefit programs


You bring

  •  Bachelor’s degree in Food Science, Chemistry, Psychology, or related field; exceptional seniors will be considered. At least 1+ year of paid lab experience strongly preferred. General knowledge of sensory science, food science, or neuroscience. High comfort level with learning new software and hardware.
  • Eye for detail & organization - do you pay attention to the minute details of project or task?
  • Excellent communication - do you have the ability to communicate clearly and concisely? 
  • Enthusiasm - do you bring energy to performing a task?
  • Good time management - can you make progress on multiple tasks concurrently?
  • Strong interpersonal skills - do you project a positive, friendly attitude with panelists and colleagues alike? Are you good at both giving and taking directions?  



Equal Opportunities Commitment 

dsm-firmenich is fully dedicated to inclusion because when people feel engaged and empowered, their creativity and innovation drives unprecedented progress. We aim to build a workplace where opportunity really is equal, so everyone can thrive. We do not discriminate: there’s a place for everyone at dsm-firmenich.
dsm-firmenich is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.
dsm-firmenich people are as diverse as our customers. For us that includes a commitment to ensuring equal employment opportunities for all job applicants and employees. Employment decisions are based upon job-related reasons regardless of an applicant's race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, marital status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by law.
We are committed to providing reasonable support for disabled applicants in our recruiting process. Should you need assistance, and are comfortable to share this, please let us know.

About dsm-firmenich

As innovators in nutrition, health, and beauty, dsm-firmenich reinvents, manufactures, and combines vital nutrients, flavors, and fragrances for the world’s growing population to thrive. With our comprehensive range of solutions, with natural and renewable ingredients and renowned science and technology capabilities, we work to create what is essential for life, desirable for consumers, and more sustainable for the planet. dsm-firmenich is a Swiss-Dutch company, listed on the Euronext Amsterdam, with operations in almost 60 countries and revenues of more than €12 billion. With a diverse, worldwide team of nearly 30,000 employees, we bring progress to life™ every day, everywhere, for billions of people.

Please note this is a direct search led by dsm-firmenich. We only accept applications from candidates, not from agencies nor subject to agency’s fees, percentages or similar.

Nearest Major Market: New Jersey

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