Analytical Chemist


The role
Olam Cocoa is looking to recruit a specialist to develop and implement analytical methods for our Koog aan de Zaan office. This is in order to identify important quality precursors and help understand and predict cocoa bean and product characteristics e.g. chemical, functional and/or sensory. The specialist will be involved in a variety of projects, aiming to understand what drives quality from bean to product.

Reporting into the Head of Plant Science, the position has the following responsibilities:

  • Developing analytical methods to identify, predict and monitor chemical components contributing to quality, from bean to product. Providing support in analytical chemistry for plant science and R&D;
  • Handling and maintenance of standard analytical chemistry equipment;
  • Development of predictive NIRS models;
  • Planning, executing and reporting on experiments;
  • Developing, writing and updating protocols;
  • Supervising interns in experiments and analysis;
  • Interacting with internal and external researchers to develop methods and exchange data or materials, maintaining a database of samples and reagents;
  • Performing technology watch and being up to date with latest analysis methods;
  • Participating in the development of innovations through Plant Science, R&D and Product Development teams.

The candidate
For this position we are looking for a candidate who:

  • Has an MSc or PhD in chemistry or equivalent;
  • 3-5 years of laboratory experience in the chemical analysis of biological materials. Experience with plant raw materials is a plus;
  • Expertise with common analytical chemistry methods and with NIRS are required;
  • Fluent in English, oral and written;
  • Good communication, autonomous, flexible, curious and creative.

Are you the Analytical Chemist we are looking for?
If you are interested in this role and connect to the aforementioned profile, we will be pleased to see your application and CV via the application form. For more information about the vacancy you can contact us via + 3188-5678 323.

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