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Principle Scientist, Minerals & Nutrients

Company: balchem
Location: Ogden
Posted on: August 4, 2022

Job Description:

: Balchem Corporation develops, manufactures and markets specialty ingredients that improve and enhance the health and well-being of life on the planet, providing state-of-the-art solutions and the finest quality products for a range of industries worldwide. Our corporate headquarters is located in New Hampton, New York, (Hudson Valley area) and we have a broad network of sales offices, manufacturing sites, and R&D centers, primarily located in the US and Europe. Founded in 1967, Balchem is a publicly traded company (NASDAQ - BCPC) with annual revenues over $700 million and a market cap exceeding $4.0 billion. The company consists of three business segments: Human Nutrition & Health; Animal Nutrition & Health; and Specialty Products. Balchem employs over 1,400 people worldwide who are engaged in diverse activities, committed to developing the company into global market leadership positions. To learn more about our dynamic, stable and growing company, visit POSITION SUMMARY : The Research Scientist / Principal Scientist - Minerals and Nutrients will leverage their scientific training and experience to develop new products and support existing products, primarily for Balchem's Minerals and Nutrients business. The Principal Scientist will be expected to take on challenging technical problems and be able to lead research efforts that reduce concepts into next-generation and breakthrough new products. Additionally, the individual will become the internal technical expert on choline and will be a leader for R&D projects in support of this critical material in Balchem's portfolio. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Safety: Champion safety in all activities, including design and execution of lab and pilot work. Ensure that lab work is conducted in a safe manner via hazard reviews, SOP's, appropriate PPE.
  • Manage a complex portfolio of projects:
    • Be the Technical Project Leader (PM) and/or lead scientist on new product develop projects (AIM projects) focused on choline, minerals, or other nutrients. These projects will involve significant technical complexity and may require the management of cross-functional teams and/or external resources.
    • Be a Project Leader or Team Member for projects in support of Balchem's Minerals and Nutrients product line.
    • Become an internal expert on choline chemistry and material science. Such projects may include manufacturing process optimization, studying choline degradation pathways, making choline salts easier to process in our customer's plants.
    • Potentially mentor technicians and/or junior scientists, ensure they work safely, and effectively meet project objectives.
    • Interface with technical experts across Balchem's organization to promote the application knowledge of choline and ensure coordination between R&D and the business units.
    • Ensure the laboratory facilities are adequately designed to execute projects in the portfolio, recommend new equipment as needed to advance projects, maintain existing equipment.
    • Operate at the interface of functional disciplines, coordinate the activities of specialists to design work programs, participate in their execution to provide support to all variety of technical projects. Travel to the Balchem plants, develop close relationships with key Operations personnel, as required.
    • Scan the patent literature and alert the organization to technology developments involving choline an other nutrients outside of Balchem.
    • Meet with customers and represent Balchem's technology, as required.
    • Be an external face for Balchem in the technical community; publish articles, file patents, and make presentations at industry association meetings.
    • Prepare and deliver project presentations and reports to Balchem's Operating Committee, Chief Technology Officer, and other Balchem leadership. REQUIREMENTS:
      • MS degree in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering with 10+ years of professional industrial experience or a Ph.D. degree in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering with 5+ years of industrial experience. Job title will depend on experience.
      • Experience with small molecule synthesis is required.
      • Preferred industrial experience in the fine chemical, API, or pharmaceutical industries.
      • Proven technical expert with chemistry bench skills, research experience, and proven track record of successful project execution and patent filing.
      • Ability to lead large, complex, multifunctional projects. Track record of on time delivery of multiple initiatives on one or more complex projects.
      • Excellent understanding of safe laboratory practices, demonstrated history of safety leadership.
      • Proven ability to communicate project progress both in written and oral form. Comfort around high-level management in oral project presentations.
      • Proven track record of ideation: can develop ideas that help advance the organization's ability to generate value for our customers.
      • Knowledge/experience in formulating oral solid dose forms and the associated material process steps (direct compression, roller compaction, wet and dry granulation, etc.).
      • Experience in related characterization techniques.
      • Expertise in the reactions involving gasses and the processes used to safely handle such reactions.
      • Proven track record of scale up in an industrial setting.
      • Proven ability to generate ideas for new product and improved processes. #IN Balchem is committed to a workplace culture that values and promotes diversity, inclusion, equal employment opportunities, and a work environment free of harassment and hostility. PI186473195

Keywords: balchem, Ogden , Principle Scientist, Minerals & Nutrients, Other , Ogden, Utah

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