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Food Lab Assistant

Company: Curion
Location: Redwood City
Posted on: January 23, 2023

Job Description:

The Food Lab Assistant is responsible for the set-up, serving, cleaning and breakdown of all sensory and perceptual studies. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The Food Lab Assistant is occasionally required to walk; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. This is a full-time, benefits eligible position averaging 32 hours per week (Monday - Thursday, 7am - 4pm), in-person role working on-site at a Curion client site.

Food Lab Assistant Responsibilities:

Work in a laboratory test kitchen to prepare, cook, and serve food samples for the sensory team related panels
Manage serving and timing logistics for sensory testing, organize samples and ballots and maintain a sanitary workplace
Assist with development of SOPs, organize data, follow established procedures, and document test results
Daily coordination of test samples, food components, ingredients, and supply inventories
Support project teams with samples for sensory, analytics, and consumer testing
Schedule prep duties and equipment reservations for efficient team operations

Job Qualifications:

High School diploma or equivalent, AS or BS preferred
1+ years of experience in a food lab or food pilot plant (pharmaceutical, biochemical and/or food)
Must have a valid Serve Safe Certification or willing to get certified
Enthusiasm for science, and self-motivated to make significant contributions in a team environment
Outstanding listening and communication skills-both written and oral
Excellent organizational skills with a particular focus upon managing details, manage multiple tasks concurrently, and adapt well to quick changes
Ability to continuously establish and maintain excellent record keeping, inventory, and accountability
Comfortable using Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and using math for formulation calculations
Ability to independently troubleshoot issues when applicable and work with a diverse, dynamic team effectively
Must be able to lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, and ability to adjust focus.

For Curion's Food Lab Assistant positions located in Redwood City, we offer a starting pay rate between $25.00-$28.00 based on the qualifications and experience of each individual. This is a full-time position, deemed non-exempt for overtime purposes, and, therefore, is subject to overtime compensation. Curion offers a benefits package for this position including a 401(k) Retirement Account, Paid Time Off, Company Paid Holidays, and Insurance (Health, Dental, Vision, Basic life, Short and Long-Term Disability, Accident Insurance, Critical Insurance, Pet Insurance, Flexible Spending Account (FSA)).

About the company

At Curion, we provide world-class insights. From quantitative to qualitative research, we apply proven industry-leading, innovative methods to service over 65% of the Top Global 100 companies. As a full-service product testing and insights firm, we work with our clients to determine not only what products consumers like but why they are liked and how to make optimizations. As a result, our clients mitigate risk of marketplace failure by ensuring that only products of quality and character will be introduced to the market, providing repeatable delight to their consumers. We accomplish this with our expert employees, sensory processes, fully-equipped facilities and data insights. In 2020 alone, we tested with over 150,000 consumers across our San Francisco, Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta and New York metropolitan-area facilities. The result of a merger between Q Research Solutions and Tragon Corp., our company brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the consumer and sensory science industries and pioneered many of the sensory methodologies considered industry standards today, including Quantitative Descriptive Analysis (QDA)-- and Partnership Solutions---.

Curion is committed to equal opportunity in the terms and conditions of employment for all employees and job applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity or gender expression, national origin, disability or veteran status.

Keywords: Curion, Redwood City , Food Lab Assistant, Healthcare , Redwood City, California

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