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Kemin Industries Associate Scientist - Chemist in Des Moines, Iowa


Position Overview

Kemin is seeking a dedicated associate Scientist to lead R&D projects, perform literature reviews, participate in the evaluation of intellectual property, and participate in external research collaborations.

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. Committed to feed and food safety, Kemin maintains top-of-the-line manufacturing facilities where over 500 specialty ingredients are made for humans and animals in the global feed and food industries, as well as the health, nutrition, and textile markets. We provide product solutions and options to customers in more than 120 countries.

A privately held, family-owned and operated company, Kemin has more than 2,300 global employees and operates in 90 countries including manufacturing facilities in Belgium, Brazil, China, India, Italy, Russia, Singapore, South Africa and the United States.

What you’ll be doing:

  • Lead R&D projects, with regular supervision, and assume responsibility for their success.

  • Perform literature reviews and incorporating into research strategies.

  • Participate in external research collaborations, with management.

  • Actively identify and lead research areas that could lead to new product development or process improvement, with minimal supervision.

  • Independently develop SOPs, research protocols, and research methods.

  • Maintain accurate and detailed electronic laboratory notebooks.

  • Independently perform advanced data analysis and interpretation, including statistical analysis.

  • Independently perform laboratory experiments (plan, execute, analyze, and interpret results).

  • Generate scientific publications used for internal or external purposes, with management review.

  • Prepare and present research reports in multiple formats for both internal and external audiences.

  • Review internal publications.

  • Must adhere to laboratory standard operating procedures, documentation and guidelines.

  • Troubleshoot issues with laboratory equipment and instrumentation.

  • Manage and mentor direct reports to reach goals.

What we require of you:

  • PhD in Chemistry with 0-2 years of relevant experience in organic, bioorganic, analytical, and/or formulation research.

  • Must have a solid understanding and adherence to the Servant Leadership philosophy.

  • Detail oriented, organized, prioritization skills, and motivated by accomplishment.

  • Must be able to work independently and work in a fast-paced multidisciplinary environment.

  • Ability to interact well with others in a team 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.).

  • Ability to understand and perform basic statistical analysis (SAS, StatGraphics, or comparable program).

  • Analytical lab skills.

  • Ability to maintain instruments.

  • Excellent scientific skills in experiment design and data collection.

  • Scientific curiosity and innovation.

  • Handle multiple projects efficiently.

  • Reliable and self-motivated.

  • Good project management skills.

  • Ability to apply knowledge quickly to projects.

  • Fluent in English.

  • Experience in product formulations (including but not limited to EC, EW, SL, WP, etc.).

  • Experience operating and maintaining analytical equipment (GC, HPLC, etc.).

  • Experience and/or willingness to work with plants, insects, and/or microorganisms as subject matter for development and evaluation of formulations.

  • Experience with extraction, isolation, identification, and characterization of plant extracts and essential oils is a plus.

  • Familiarity with plant physiology a plus.

  • Familiarity of toxicology a plus.

Your work week:

  • Up to 10% domestic and international travel may be required

  • On occasion the job may require physical effort to lift (30 lbs. – 40 lbs.) bags or 20-liter cans of solvents. More typically the job requires extensive use of computers.

  • Must be able to walk, twist, bend, sit, squat, reach, and ability to carry up to 30-40 lbs. for short distances.

  • On a frequent basis, chemists are exposed to solvents and acids/bases that can be harmful if not used properly. Working location is a typical lab environment- ambient room temperature, well-ventilated, well-lit, low background noise, standing and sitting. Dust, exposure to reagents and solvents, temperature controlled. Normal conditions for a chemical manufacturing facility. Requires proper safety equipment.

  • Safety glasses, thermal gloves, aprons, face shield, ear protection, and other protection are all provided.Other related GMP, quality, and other job-specific PPE safety attire will be required to be worn as well. (safety-toed shoes, hair/beard net, gloves, lab coats, respirator, uniforms, etc.)

    What’s in it for you:

  • 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 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.



Job ID2019-5993


CategoryResearch & Development

Position TypeRegular Full-Time