BASF Post Harvest Associate - West Sacramento, CA in West Sacramento, California
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Consumer Quality Specialist (1903897) – West Sacramento, CA
Where the Chemistry Happens…
We are seeking a professional like you to determine and/or evaluate output trait characteristics of BASF Vegetable Seeds products during different phases of development, from ideation (concept development) to commercialization (proper positioning) within the appropriate channel(s) of the value chain. This role shall be consulted on methodologies to be used in all product development cases where internal or external gathering of output trait related data is concerned. The BASF location is currently West Sacramento CA but will move to Davis CA sometime in July 2020.
Formula for Success: You Will…
Provide recommendation based on research outcomes regarding output traits or product concepts which can be potential target for tool and/or line development for QCNA and Pre-Breeding. Research outcomes can be obtained through consumer research conducted by Consumer Insights and/or through collaboration with Consumer Insights.
Identify trait attributes associated with sensorial quality of existing commercial hybrids which will determine target for tool and/or line development for QCNA and Pre-Breeding and to validate these attributes in the developed lines. Research outcomes can be obtained through collaboration with Consumer Insights.
Identify unique output trait attributes in the newly developed breeding lines or existing commercial hybrids associated with certain metabolic profile as selection target, which can be used in the product positioning. This work can be done in collaboration with Breeding / PD / CCC / other M&S personnel.
Develop and validate protocols for measuring certain output trait as defined by the scope of an approved project. These protocols are aimed for measuring the trait performance (e.g. lettuce shelf-life, onion tearless), and not aimed for measuring metabolites responsible for the trait of interest.
Interpret / translate results / findings and provide recommendation(s) to project team members based on the outcome of a project.
Manage assigned projects in collaboration with internal resources and/or third-party vendor(s) within the approved budgetary amount.
Identify network of third-party vendors worldwide to support the development and completion of assigned projects, which may include requirements to mirror the value chain’s current processing or measurement methodology.
Provide recommendation to GPDSs, CRMKS, and CCC on the specific capabilities of third-party vendor(s) and where is best to perform the tasks needed by the afore-mentioned groups.
Interact with key customers to gain insights into their needs and to obtain feedback regarding output trait quality of BASF Vegetable Seeds products. This task is executed in coordination with PD / CCC / other groups within M&S. Information which requires attention / response from R&D should be discussed with the corresponding R&D Crop Team.
· MSc in Horticultural Science with specialization in postharvest biology; OR
· MSc in Food Science with specialization in sensory science or food processing; OR
· MSc in Agricultural Science, Biology, or Biochemistry
· Minimum 5-6 years conducting postharvest research in the industries
· Setting up experimental design for informed panel and consumer studies
· Hands-on experience in the product development within produce-related businesses
· Postharvest biology
· Sensory science and/or consumer research
· Instrumental analysis, particularly non-destructive instruments
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Job: REDE - Research & Development
Organization: G-APV/RT-Vegetable Seeds R&D Technology-63022618
Title: Post Harvest Associate - West Sacramento, CA
Location: CA-West Sacramento
Requisition ID: 1903897