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Food Safety Scientist Texas

Austin, TX 73301

Job Type: Laboratory Jobs Job Number: CO302

Job Description

REF: CO302

Food Safety Scientist needed in Austin, TX

Full time and permanent position

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Seeking a highly motivated candidate to join the  Food Safety R&D team.  This role will lead development of detection platforms for various applications within food safety.  This position will require the ability to interface to a multi-disciplinary group as well as cross functions for the timely completion of projects. The ideal candidate must demonstrate a focused attention to detail, work well with others in a team environment, be able to motivate team members, and be able to define clear targets and effectively communicate results and data interpretation to all team members.


  • Serve as technical lead for new product development and sustaining projects.

  • Supervise and mentor junior level team members

  • Plan/execute efficient and decisive experiments for food safety applications using immunoassay and molecular assay formats

  • Analyze and interpret data

  • Compile and present experimental findings to research team members, cross-functional leaders, and senior management

  • Serve as a subject matter expert and drive technical innovation for food safety assay development

  • Accountable for R&D DHF deliverables according to Design Control Process for Food products (feasibility plan/report, system/reagent requirements, verification & validation plan/report)

Basic Qualifications:

  • MS in relevant life sciences field (i.e. biochemistry, cell/molecular biology, genetics); 6+-years experience after MS degree.


  • PhD in relevant life sciences field (i.e. biochemistry, cell/molecular biology, genetics); 3+-years experience after PhD degree.

  • In-depth assay development experience with: modern molecular assay techniques (qPCR, LAMP)

  • Track record of product or reagent kit launch preferably validated by government agencies (e.g. USDA, FDA) 

  • Peer-reviewed publications on molecular assay techniques 

Preferred Qualifications:               

  • Experience with genome alignment & homology clustering/association tools

  • Experience with immunoassays (Lateral Flow, ELISA, Western, Bead-based)

  • Strong analytical chemistry fundamentals (HPLC, LC-MS, GS-MS)

  • Novel antibody, affimer, or aptamer development experience

  • Experience working in a regulated environment under design review process

    Chelsey Opalenik
    K.A. Recruiting, Inc.
    Your Partner in Healthcare Recruiting 
    10 Post Office Square, 8th Floor So.
    Boston, MA 02109
    P:    (617) 746-2605

Additional Information

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Meet Your Recruiter

Chelsey Opalenik
Healthcare Recruiter

Chelsey is a healthcare recruiter who understands the importance of finding the best long term fit for her candidates! She is happy to help you navigate the job search and listen to what you are truly looking for in your next career move. She knows that finding a new job can be overwhelming, so she prioritizes making the process as smooth and stress free as possible for you! Chelsey joined KA Recruiting after graduating from Wellesley College with her Bachelors Degree in Psychology and Public Health and now has been part of the team for over two years. When not helping you find your next job, Chelsey can be found baking cinnamon rolls, taking spin and yoga classes, and exploring new cities and restaurants with her friends. 
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"KA recruiting, especially Chelsey, connected me with my current position. It was during the pandemic which proved to be even more challenging. Chelsey provided consistent feedback and communication and she checked in a lot to stay on track for beginning at my new practice. I highly recommend KA, Chelsey was my guide."
"I had a great experience working with KA recruiting. Chelsey helped with potential questions for the interview for my current job which was a game changer to getting the job.Thanks Chelsey, you are great at what you do!"


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