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Research Scientist New Variety Development

Company: Lamb Weston Inc
Location: Richland
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

Job Description SummaryIndependently and collaboratively researches, plans and implements schedules, conducts experiments, manages data capture and analysis, creates business case justifications and advancement recommendations that lead to the commercialization of new white, yellow, red-skin, and specialty potatoes, as well as sweet potato varieties.Job DescriptionPosition Responsibilities:* Provide technical knowledge to improve field and process quality and reduce raw and processing costs.* Design, coordinate, lead, and execute experimental plans based on crop year time lines and project objectives from seed sourcing to finished fry processing.* Design and lead customer approval strategies to ensure successful new variety commercialization.* Collaborate with university and private potato breeding organizations to identify and procure testing material, timing and volume related milestones.* Provide technical knowledge in the creation and execution of research funding proposals (RFP), research agreements (RA), non-disclosure agreements (NDA), and material transfer agreements (MTA) as directed.* Design, lead, and execute pilot scale processing and evaluation efforts including data capture and analysis.* Build evaluation methods, screening, research tools, and reports to improve processing efficiencies and reduce cost.* Conduct analytical measurements including pH, viscosity, density, salt content, dry matter content, and Lamb Weston and USDA raw and finished quality techniques.* Evaluate new and emerging analytical technologies, methods, and equipment.* Provide technical experience to support and conduct sensory testing using degree of difference, hedonic, consumer liking, and descriptive analysis sensory techniques.* Make recommendations for subsequent research, variety benefits or shortfalls, special process and/or handling requirements, and grower playbooks to enhance variety outcomes in field and production.* Collaborate with, reconcile, and analyze cross functional departmental data and reports to provide variety performance and advancement recommendations.* Exhibit exemplary data management, recall, and reporting capabilities using Microsoft Office products and Lamb Weston programs including Agrian, GradeStar, ExtendAg, QA Specification, and QA Utilities.* Provide regional processing plant support through technical consultation and project management skills.* Serve as a Lamb Weston liaison and process expert to commercial chain customers to ensure variety approval. This may include leading, assisting, or directly working with Field Operations, Process Operations, Plant Operations, Regulatory, Food Safety, Quality, Innovation and Commercialization functions to ensure trial runs, start-up operations, and commercialization processes are properly performed.* Communicate findings, business reviews, learning and teaching materials.Position Requirements:* Bachelor of Science in Agronomy, Biology, or Food Science related fields with 1-2 years of related experience preferred.* Experience in processing or product development in a food company required. Lamb Weston Process Quality Certification preferred.* Familiarity with lean product development, basic research tools, continuous improvement practices, and statistical analysis.* Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.* Clear, concise written and verbal communication skills.* Proficiency in Microsoft Office products including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneDrive, and SharePoint.* Proficiency in Lamb Weston Quality software programs including QA Specifications and QA Utilities preferred.* Ability to work occasional irregular hours in field, storage, and/or production environments.* Ability to travel including flying domestically and internationallyTo view the full job description, click here

Keywords: Lamb Weston Inc, Richland , Research Scientist New Variety Development, Other , Richland, Washington

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