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Research Scientist, Analytical Chemistry

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Date: 07-Jul-2019

Location: Hoffman Estates, IL, US

Company: Tate & Lyle


Tate & Lyle is looking for Analytical Scientist that will serve as a Research Scientist and key area leader in the Analytical group, Global R&D. Global R&D is located at the Tate & Lyle facility in Hoffman Estates, IL (near Chicago).The team is currently composed of a diverse group of experienced scientists with skills in chromatography, spectroscopy, materials science, microbiology, and chemical analysis.



This Research Scientist will be engaged in planning and executing laboratory work to characterize ingredients, and planning project resources. Leads or acts as a key technical contributor on projects/experiments/research. The Research scientist will act with considerable latitude in determining technical approach required to meet desired objectives. They will demonstrate full use and application of scientific, project management, design excellence and other principles and concepts to assignments were precedents may exist plus working knowledge of other related disciplines. Fully competent in reviewing scientific literature, developing hypothesis and planning and conducting experiments to confirm or disprove hypothesis. The Research Scientist will also be expected to engage with internal and external resources to advance technical product development and to provide technical expertise to support existing business in relevant areas.The Research Scientist will contribute to capability build and execution in a specific measurement area, driving successful use of measurement tools to advance new product development. The Research Scientist will also engage with regulatory, legal, commercial and other non-technical personnel to ensure measurement work is in accordance with internal processes & metrics, and will be responsible for delivery of the measurement work packages against project timelines.



  • The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Food Science, or related disciplines and 0-3 years of industrial experience, an MS degree with 3-6 years of industrial experience, or a BS degree with 6+ years of experience. 
  • A broad background and knowledge in characterizing small molecules or biomolecules such as carbohydrates, starches, fibers, proteins, or food ingredients and their matrices is required.  Experience in carbohydrate chemistry and characterization is desired. Most desirably, this experience will include demonstrated skills in quantitative and qualitative analyses of carbohydrates or other natural products. 
  •  Experience in all of the areas of measurement science from the following list is also desirable:
  • Demonstrated experience in wet chemistry such as wastewater, protein, lipid, or carbohydrate isolation and characterization; or other water chemistry disciplines
  • Hands-on expertise with chromatography separations, such as FPLC, HPLC, UPLC, IC, GC and/or CE. Most desirably, this experience will include application of techniques on food ingredients and their corresponding matrices.
  • Experience with operating and maintaining laboratory instrumentation such chromatography instruments, TOC/TN instruments, automatic titrations, and UV-vis spectroscopy is also desirable
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively provide leadership and direction. Established capabilities of data mining, visualizing results and presenting research output to create value. Demonstrated ability to communicate and interact with others in a way that builds working relationships. Effectively builds rapport with all levels of the organization.



  • Functional Leadership experience - Previous supervisory experience is a plus. 
  • Drive – Need to be passionate about his/her work, with a high energy level, strong work ethic, and internal drive for organizational and individual success.  Ability to energize others in a team setting important. 
  • Execution – Demonstrated ability to complete assignments, meeting quality- and time-oriented objectives.   Requires strong skills in timeline development and management.  
  • Problem-Solving – Possesses excellent problem-solving skills and should be able to evaluate root causes, and take a systematic, structured view of projects/situations.
  • Innovation - Demonstrated creativity, innovation, and ability to problem-solve. 
  • Team Work – Excellent team-work skills, including an ability to work with diverse teams of people with multiple perspectives and talents, capable of functioning as individual contributor or team leader.
  • Communication – Excellent communication and listening skills:  should be articulate, with the ability to make arguments in a compelling manner at all organizational levels.
  • Customer-Orientation – Customer-centric in approach, be they internal or external customers.  Ability to conduct voice-of-customer interviews with customers to elicit insight on product development needs and product requirements.
  • Safety – An exhibited dedication to safety and commitment to making safety the number one priority.  


* This position is eligible for relocation benefits

Nearest Major Market: Chicago