Senior Research Investigator, Chemical Informatics (4879-292)

We are IFF. We are the catalyst for discoveries that spark the senses and transform the everyday. International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. is a leading innovator of sensorial experiences that move the world. At the heart of our company, we are fueled by a sense of discovery, constantly asking "what if?" That passion for exploration drives us to co-create unique scents and tastes in fine fragrances and beauty, detergents and household goods, as well as beloved foods and beverages.
Our 7,300 team members globally take advantage of leading consumer insights, research and development, creative expertise, and customer intimacy to develop differentiated products.
Dreamers and doers, we work tirelessly to discover flavors and fragrances that inspire customers and delight consumers. We are fueled by our four corporate values of passion, creativity, expertise and empowerment. It is the unique blend of these values that make us IFF. These qualities can be seen and felt throughout our amazing 128 year history and will continue to guide us as we explore our limitless possibilities and develop new-to-world solutions that enhance the lives of millions around the globe.
Job Description:
As a Senior Research Investigator at IFF you will be a key participant in research information services and modeling, focused on developing informatics tools and predictive models. You will be part of an innovative team of computational scientists focused on increasing the efficiency of flavor and fragrance research to drive continued business growth at IFF. You will work closely with synthetic, analytical and physical chemists, as well as sensory scientists, both on the R&D campus and at IFF facilities worldwide.
Daily activities will include developing tailored cheminformatics analyses, tools and scripts to streamline discovery efforts, software and database administration, and programming new scientific capabilities. You may also apply computational modeling tools to develop predictive models. You will partner with experimental scientists to understand their needs and also to develop necessary experimental data to support modeling needs.
This position requires practical knowledge of cheminformatics and computational chemistry methods. You should have a solid background in scientific programming of tools or scripts to support discovery efforts. You will also understand data structures, database principles and data mining techniques. Additional skills may include text analytics, bioinformatics, homology modeling, semantic web and virtual screening. Background in a consumer products, food, flavor, or the pharmaceutical industry is desirable.
Key Responsibilities:
Delivery of cheminformatics and methods to support research scientists
Scientific programming, application administration and scripting
Representing discipline on multi-disciplinary project teams
Development of data acquisition methods for high throughput screening devices
Development and management of external scientific partnerships
Required Skills
Preferably Ph.D. in relevant area of physical/life/computer sciences, engineering, or mathematics with 2-5+ years experience. Will also consider a candidate with MS or BS degree with extensive experience in an R&D environment.
Administration, configuration and support of informatics systems.
Experience in several of the following areas of specific interest:
Scientific workflow and data analysis tools (e.g., Pipeline Pilot, KNIME, Spotfire)
Database management systems and related tools (e.g., Oracle, SQL Server, PL\SQL)
Web application development (e.g., AJAX, ASP.NET, HTML5, IIS, PHP, XML, CSS)
Software development tools (e.g., web services, JavaScript, Perl, Python, .NET, VB)
Iterative high throughput discovery approaches
Laboratory information management systems
Statistical software packages (e.g., JMP, SPSS, R, MatLab)
User Interface (UI) design experience for scientific applications
Database management of chemical objects, e.g., chemical cartridge
Required Experience
Preferred Experience:
Experience in the flavor, fragrance, food, consumer products, or pharmaceutical industry.
Cloud computing for scientific applications

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