Our client is committed to providing the freshest, most wholesome dairy products with over half a billion in revenue with 3 manufacturing plants. This position is based in Texas.

The Principal Scientist is a key position in the R&D team. This role is to lead one of the research groups, provide technical advice, and achieve the department goals. This individual contributes to research ideas, suggests new or emerging analytical methods or process technologies and provides mentorship to analysts, technologists, and junior scientists. They will lead 12-15 scientists.


Act as a subject matter expert in analytical dairy chemistry.

Perform experiments on the bench-top, in the pilot plant, and in full scale manufacturing.

Develop new or adapt existing methodologies.

Design and conduct experiments that help the department achieve research goals.

Summarize, analyze, and report data with conclusions and recommendations for future work.

Seek out new testing methodologies.

Participate in the hiring and provide mentorship to analysts, technologists, and junior scientists.

Conduct evaluations for direct reports.

Organizational Relationships

Daily interaction with employees in R&D, Technical Services, Marketing, and Engineering is expected. Occasional travel is expected.

Schedule and Travel

Typically, work days are 8 hours, Monday through Friday beginning at 7:30 to 8:00am. This schedule may be changed to accommodate project schedules. Occasional travel may be required.

Education, Training and Experience

M.S. or Ph.D. degree in Food Science, Dairy Processing, or a relevant scientific discipline.

At least 10 years of dairy or food chemistry research experience in an industrial (preferred) or academia laboratory working with chromatography, mass spectrometry, and spectroscopy. Leadership experience is required, preferring managing a large team

Successful track record of managing laboratories and supervising scientists.

Knowledge and Skills

Dairy or food chemistry experience.

Working knowledge of cultured dairy products and processes.

Strong technical expertise in analytical chemistry.

Working knowledge of testing equipment capabilities and software.

Successful supervisory record.

Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Project, and JMP or XL Stat.


For more information, please contact Moira McGrath at OPUS International, Inc. 954 428-3888 or e-mail moira@foodscience.com