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Research Assistant - San Diego, CA

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

We have an immediate opportunity for a Research Assistant to join the R&D team based in San Diego, CA. The research assistant performs a wide variety of research laboratory tasks and/or experiments in conjunction with R&D operations. 


Key Responsibilities:

  • Prepares samples for taste testing, including weighing compounds, dilutions, and calculations
  • Prepares samples for HPLC analysis
  • Organization and dispensing of samples for taste panels
  • Maintains laboratory supplies and cleanliness
  • Panel housekeeping, such as tracking panelist attendance, managing sign-in sheets, payroll process
  • Maintains documentation for sensory testing results and associated files
  • Creates and maintains Standard Operating Procedures for sample preparation
  • Adheres to internal HS&E standards and policy


  • Bachelor’s degree in life science or applicable science (Biology, Chemistry, Nutrition, Food Science)
  • 0-2 years of general laboratory experience, analytical or chemistry experience is a plus
  • Must have strong chemistry experience, strong mathematical and technical reasoning skills, knowledge in statistics, and experimental design techniques
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and database management
  • Able to maintain proprietary and confidential material and information
  • Strong organizational, communication and project management skills
  • Must be self-directing, and contribute to or facilitate cross-functional project teams
  • High initiative, creative, exceptional problem solving skills and solutions driven
  • Ideal candidate will be eager, energetic, reliable and self-motivated

We value:

  • Understanding of principles, concepts and techniques relevant to position
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Willingness to help others, cooperate and work towards common goals
  • Anticipates future needs and solutions; can-do attitude
  • Good judgment, creativity and initiative in resolving problems and making recommendations
  • Ability to adapt to organizational change and to cope with unusual situations and problems
  • Ability to communicate openly, interactively and on a timely basis
  • Excellent verbal and writing skills
  • Computer skills including Microsoft Office; ability to learn internal software programs

We offer:  

  • High Challenge and High Reward Environment
  • Culture that values diversity where people are at the heart of the company
  • Opportunity to work for a company that cares about environment and sets and achieve ambitious sustainability objectives

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!



Nearest Major Market: San Diego

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