Associate Food Scientist

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Product Development- Food
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Job Overview

Associate Food Scientist – Product Development 
Naples, FL

The Covance Product Design team provides applied research, consultation, and contract product development services for food, beverage, and nutrition and supplement industries. It specializes in the idea generation, rapid prototyping, final formulation, process engineering, product analysis, and commercialization of new products. Covance Food Solutions, formerly International Food Network, is looking to add an Associate Food Scientist to our team. The Associate Food Scientist focuses on prototype formulation, understanding ingredient functionality, and working with suppliers to source ingredients for new products. Associate Food Scientist also support pilot plant production runs, shelf life studies, and learn the basic requirements to produce GMP products for testing.


This position is the entry point for individuals with a recent MS diploma in Food Technology/Food Science. Additional duties for this role include:


  • Under direction, independently executes:
    • bench-top experiments and formulation work
    • nutritional and component analysis
    • pilot plant trials, shelf life studies, and sensory studies
    • experimental design
  • Plans activities such as calculating ingredient quantities, production timing, and planning own weekly schedule
  • Supports pilot plant trials; prepares samples for processing, operates processing and/or packaging equipment, and collects data. Produces samples of good quality.
  • Interfaces with ingredient suppliers; orders ingredients and requests documentation. Seeks out information/facilities to get the job completed.
  • Makes suggestions for modifications in experimental approach and proactive feedback on next steps based on results.
  • Occasionally (up to 10% of time) has to travel overnight, weekends, interstate and/or international travel.
  • Must demonstrate excellent communication and interpersonal skills; must be a team player who is professional and presentable.
  • Assists in writing reports, methods, protocols and SOPs.
  • Keeps updated and educated on relevant news, literature and findings in the industry.
  • Networks with individuals outside of Covance
  • Trains and assists less experienced staff
  • Completes all required training courses.
  • Learns and demonstrates departmental procedures and policies
  • Viewed as a resource across multiple teams


• Masters of Sciences degree in Food Science or an allied science is required

• Bachelor of Science in Food Science or allied science with a minimum of one year practical experience


• Demonstrates understanding of food GMP’s and FDA requirements for process adequacy.

• Basic knowledge of computers and software programs

• Must be able to work with both lab and pilot scale food processing machinery.

• Knowledge of regulatory agency guidelines.

• Some project management skills.

• Ability to conduct review of related literature and references to obtain the required information and subsequently apply it.

• Effective communication (verbal and written), presentation and interpersonal skills.



We are looking for the best to lead the best. Covance provides international testing, consumer testing and Product Design services to clients in the pharmaceutical, food, biotechnology and chemical services industries. Because of our passion and drive, Covance attracts the kind of people whose contribution has resulted in our exceptional growth. Once a part of our talented team, our employees stay at Covance to work in an environment that encourages career development, allows them to work alongside respected colleagues on challenging projects and provides a diverse global culture You will have the opportunity to be part of a growing team. You will have the ability to influence and be a part of building a group.

It’s an exciting time and there is no better time to join us!


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