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Kemin Industries Associate Scientist in Des Moines, Iowa


Kemin Nutrisurance (KN) is hiring an Associate Scientist in Des Moines, Iowa! In this role, you will be responsible for conducting applied research in the field of savory flavor chemistry. KN is the Pet Food and Rendering Technologies Division of Kemin Industries. Successful candidates will have scientific curiosity, excellent scientific skills in experiment design and data collection.

We Are Kemin  

We are visionaries who see things differently and are inspired by the world around us.  

We have been dedicated to using applied science to improve the quality of life for over half a century.   

We are a global ingredient manufacturer that strives to sustainably transform the quality of life every day for 80 percent of the world with its products and services.  

For over half a century, Kemin has been dedicated to using applied science to address industry challenges and offer product solutions to customers in more than 120 countries. Kemin provides ingredients to feed a growing population with its commitment to the quality, safety and efficacy of food, feed and health-related products to customers around the world .   

Established in 1961, Kemin is a privately held, family-owned-and-operated company with more than 2,800 global employees and operations in 90 countries, including manufacturing facilities in Belgium, Brazil, China, India, Italy, Russia, San Marino, Singapore, South Africa and the United States.

As a Kemin team member, you’ll receive…

  • A competitive financial package - in addition to your salary, we offer an uncapped bonus opportunity, 401k match program, and paid vacation and holidays.

  • Robust health and wellness support - we are proud to offer a fitness reimbursement (for your whole family!), an on-site fitness center, restaurant with seasonal fresh food options (and the ability to order food to bring home), and free fresh fruit in break areas- to name a few.

  • Continued learning opportunities - Kemin offers tuition reimbursement and recently launched a new corporate university with online and in-person training opportunities for growth and development throughout your entire career.

  • The chance to give back to our world - Through our foundation of servant leadership, we are proud to offer ample service opportunities, including paid time off to do so. Kemin has a valued corporate partnership with both The World Food Programme and Habitat for Humanity, in addition to many local initiatives.

  • Opportunities to support our valued educators - Kemin is a proud sponsor of the Iowa Governor's Stem Advisory Council where we fund annual teacher's awards. In addition, we have a robust internship and externship program, and frequently host student tours.


  • Compile information that is required for the development of new palatants from protein hydrolysates, reaction flavors and flavor spikes.

  • Monitor and read contemporary technical materials and report on new developments described in the literature and at technical meetings and conferences.

  • Use the information to conceive, develop, test and evaluate new flavor products that provide novel solutions to palatability issues.

  • Initiate and lead product development efforts at bench, pilot and production scales. When necessary, refine production protocols leading to performance improvement and cost savings.

  • Execute a continuous evaluation of new and existing ingredients and technologies with regard to their functionality, implementation and feasibility.

  • Prepare project summaries for internal and external use. Prepare formal project summary reports for internal archives.

  • Prepare patent applications concurrent with the development of novel and proprietary technical innovations.

  • Participate at Product Innovation Process meetings to facilitate development of new products and/or processes. Based on priorities established, participate in project teams.

  • Assist in writing patent applications regarding novel palatants and processes dealing with palatant production.

  • Participate in the internal and external communication of results via scientific papers, conferences and seminars.

  • Ensure all tasks are followed according to Kemin’s system procedures and internal instructions of the quality system.

  • Work closely with other functional areas to ensure that new technologies are developed in an efficient and timely fashion.

  • Interact with Product Management and Technical Service team to address technical questions and provide solutions to problems.

  • Be knowledgeable in and interact with Regulatory Affairs group to ensure research efforts are in keeping with current industry and governmental policies.


  • PhD in Flavor Chemistry, Biochemistry, Food Science or equivalent with 3+ years’ experience in an industrial research setting is preferred.

  • Experience in flavor analysis using instrumentation including GC/MS, LC/MS

  • Experience as an effective project team player, leader, and motivator.

  • Solid understanding and adherence to the Servant Leadership philosophy

  • Ability to work independently, and have the ability to work in a fast-paced multidisciplinary environment

  • Strong experimental design and problem-solving skills.

  • Good written and oral communication skills, suitable for external presentations.

  • Advanced computer knowledge (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, etc.)

  • Understand and perform basic statistical analysis.

  • Fluent in English

    Kemin is an equal opportunity employer, and all reasonable accommodation will be considered.

    A post-offer background check and drug screen is required. Additional pre-employment requirements may be necessary based on position.


LocationUS-IA-Des Moines

Posted Date2 weeks ago(9/9/2022 4:15 PM)

Job ID 2022-8445

Positions 1

Category Research & Development

Position Type Regular Full-Time