Food Scientist Product Design – Summer Intern- job post

Eurofins USA Consumer Product Testing

Ithaca, NY

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Company Description

The National Food Lab is a fast-growing company with a vision to be the destination for tailored solutions for the food industry – beginning to end. Our mission is to provide services that help food, beverage, and supplement companies deliver safe, healthy and successful products. We seek to make a positive impact in the advancement of food safety, quality and nutrition, fulfilling our corporate promise – to improve health and improve lives.

The National Food Lab’s best-in-class consumer and sensory research capabilities are the result of the acquisition and combination of two long-standing and respected organizations, the former Food Perspectives, Inc. (Minneapolis, MN) and National Food Lab (Livermore, CA). Using a variety of quantitative and qualitative consumer and sensory research techniques we help our clients make products consumers love. We help our clients:

  • Develop new product ideas
  • Re-energize a well-established product
  • Assess product-concept fit or packaging effectiveness
  • Understand the product, brand and category competitive landscapes
  • Present objective results to management

Job Description

Assist with food and beverage research and development for NFL clients by utilizing skills in areas such as food science, engineering, process development, food safety, data analysis, project management, regulatory compliance, innovative thinking, and team collaboration. Carry out applied product development activities, which can include benchtop experiments, pilot plant trials, formulation work, participation in internal team and external client meetings. Other activities can include work with client project stakeholders to ensure data quality and compliance of ingredient, packaging, finished product and process specifications.

Food Science Intern responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Collaborate with Research and Development team (e.g. supports pilot plant trials, prepares samples for processing, operates processing equipment and collects data)
  • Execute an internal project in collaboration with NFL employees. Project will be selected based on company needs and intern’s skill set
  • Participate in a day of community service
  • Contribute to progress tracking and optimization
  • Conduct thorough review of multiple sources of data
  • Reconcile discrepant sources of data
  • Facilitate issues resolution between multiple stakeholders
  • Attend supplier lunch and learns
  • Present final project to NFL staff


Basic Minimum Qualifications

  • Candidates must be either Junior undergraduate students or Graduate students with less than one year remaining in their respective course of study
  • Degrees preferred: Food Science and Technology (including Food Engineering, Food Safety, Food Microbiology, Food Chemistry), Chemical Engineering (with Food Product emphasis) and other Life Sciences

Desired Skills and Abilities

  • Can collaborate and communicate effectively with Product Design team and key project stakeholders
  • Tenacious detail orientation
  • Has a positive attitude with a hands-on approach
  • Displays a high degree of organization, problem solving, and decision-making abilities
  • Has familiarity with basic laboratory instruments and procedures
  • Exhibits prioritization and time management skills
  • Is adept at using Microsoft Office Suite, which may include proficiency with Excel and other database applications

Additional Information

As a Eurofins employee, you will become part of a company that has received national recognition as a great place to work! We offer excellent full-time benefits including comprehensive medical coverage, life and disability insurance, 401(k) with company match, paid holidays, vacation, personal days, and dental and vision options.

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