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Staff Scientist - Synthesis and Development Lab

Innophos, Inc.
Cranbury, New Jersey
Closing date
Jan 19, 2024

Job Details

Innophos is seeking a Staff Scientist for the Synthesis and Development Lab based in our Cranbury, NJ location. The successful candidate will perform lab-based experiments and testing to support new product development in the phosphate and nutrition business and provide technical support to manufacturing sites across the company.

Key Responsibilities

  • Design and execute experiments and procedures to prepare materials/formulations in the R&D lab
  • Perform hand-on benchtop synthesis and evaluation of Innophos and customer materials
  • Record all relevant information related to product development, sample characterization & experimental design
  • Apply product and application know how to identify optimum technology solutions
  • Conduct general research on targeted industries/topics, including scientific search and reading and evaluating published literature
  • Lead and drive to completion of NPD projects through SPARC (Stage-Gate) process
  • Present data generated to project and management teams
  • Comply with all safety policies, practices, and procedures

Required Education and Experience

  • B.A. with 5+ years of experience preferred in specialty chemical industry, or M.S. degree with 3+ years of experience, or PhD. degree
    • Areas of study: Chemistry, Materials Science, or related field
  • At least 3 or more years of experience working in a chemistry/materials science lab, experience of material synthesis especially inorganic materials is strongly preferred 

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities 

  • Experience in solving complex technical problems and recommending solutions
  • Plan, monitor and control work to meet deadlines, able to make sound decision within work scope
  • Generate, organize, interpret, and report data in support of technical projects and service requests
  • Understanding of structure-function relationships for the product chemical application
  • Ability to work with cross-functional teams and independently
  • Effective communication skills, report writing, and presentation skills
  • MS Office proficiency: Excel, PowerPoint, Word
  • Knowledge in phosphate chemistry, food additives or nutrition mineral products is a plus

About Innophos

Innophos is a leading international producer of specialty ingredient solutions that deliver far-reaching, versatile benefits for the food, health, nutrition and industrial markets. We leverage our expertise in the science and technology of blending and formulating phosphate, mineral and botanical based ingredients for our customers.

Our people are the heart of our organization and the foundation of our success. We are driven by our core values of safety, diversity, integrity and collaboration.  

Headquartered in Cranbury, New Jersey, Innophos has manufacturing operations across the United States, in Canada, Mexico and China and sells into over 70 countries.


Innophos, Inc. is a leading North American manufacturer of specialty phosphates serving a diverse range of customers across multiple applications, geographies and channels. Innophos offers a broad suite of products used in a wide variety of food and beverage, consumer products, pharmaceutical and industrial applications. The company's market-leading positions derive from its experience and dedication to customer service and innovation. Headquartered in Cranbury, New Jersey, Innophos has plant operations in Nashville, TN; Chicago Heights, IL; Chicago, IL; Geismar, LA; Port Maitland, ON (Canada); and Coatzacoalcos and Guanajuato (Mexico).

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