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Lab Research Associate - Entry Level



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This individual will work at the Technical Center supporting Research & Development initiates striving to attain the vision to be a snacking powerhouse.

This individual will be asked to work under the supervision of Research Scientists to support product development activities in the lab and pilot plant settings. 

Primary responsibilities include batching ingredients, producing products, packaging products, cleaning equipment in the labs and pilot plant and recording data & completion of any necessary documentation.  

Additionally, the person will be tasked to maintain equipment & lab space.  

Secondary responsibilities include the operation of analytical equipment and, the organization and reporting of data and methods.  

The Characterization work may occur in the lab or the pilot plant.  The individual will be responsible for maintaining our highest quality of food safety and sanitation standards.


Bachelor’s degree in STEM (e.g. Chemistry / Food Science

/ Biology) and has worked in the field of research.

Must Haves:

Experience working on a team.

Experience operating analytical equipment and

demonstrated proficiency Knowledge of Word, Excel and some basic PowerPoint

Research Experience

I would like, but I can live without:

Experience preparing and processing foods

Typical Day:

50% Preparing snacks and/or confectionery for processing

and operating pilot plant / lab equipment 20% Recording data & completion

of documentation 20% Maintaining & cleaning lab equipment and work-spaces

10% Maintaining inventory and initiating the ordering of equipment and supplies

Technical Skills:

1. Ability to operate lab and pilot equipment 2. Ability

to run experiments 3. Ability to record & interpret data

Software Skills and Purpose:

Experience in Excel, PowerPoint and Word, Basic

statistical comparison

Academic / Industry Experience:

Experience in operating lab and pilot equipment

Experience in operating analytical equipment included but not limited to

Texture-Analyzer, Water Activity Meter and other measurement tools

Minimum knowledge, skills and abilities required to

successfully perform major duties/responsibilities:

•       Ability to read, understand, and follow formulation sheet and procedures

•      Well-developed oral and written communication skills.

•       Ability to handle allergens including diary, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat, eggs and

other food ingredient chemicals and allergens while wearing appropriate PPE.

•       Experience in Excel, PowerPoint and Word, Basic statistical comparison

•       Ability to lift up to 40 lbs

•       Ability to effectively plan and execute multiple priorities while being flexible and adaptive to change

•       General knowledge of food GMP and FSMA

Software Skills and Purpose (if applicable):

Experience in Excel, PowerPoint and Word, Basic

statistical comparison Industry Experience:

Great to have experience in sample analysis and operation

of laboratory equipment Team Size:

Individual contributor

Work Environment:

Labs, pilot plant, desk work, working meetings, home

(with internet connection) Upcoming Projects/ Busy Seasons:

 Project work is ongoing. A very busy and fast moving/changing R&D program!

About Actalent:

Actalent connects passion with purpose. Our scalable talent solutions and services capabilities drive value and results and provide the expertise to help our customers achieve more. Every day, our experts around the globe are making an impact. We’re supporting critical initiatives in engineering and sciences that advance how companies serve the world. Actalent promotes consultant care and engagement through experiences that enable continuous development. Our people are the difference. Actalent is an operating company of Allegis Group, the global leader in talent solutions.

The company is an equal opportunity employer and will consider all applications without regards to race, sex, age, color, religion, national origin, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information or any characteristic protected by law.

Contact Information

Recruiter: Jean Chambers

Phone: (410) 579-3072


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