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Cargill Research Scientist in Plymouth, Minnesota

Want to build a stronger, more sustainable future and cultivate your career? Join Cargill's global team of 155,000 employees who are committed to safe, responsible and sustainable ways to nourish the world. This position is in Cargill’s food ingredients and bio-industrial business, where we anticipate trends around taste, nutrition and safety to innovate and provide solutions to manufacturers, retailers and foodservice companies.

Job Purpose and Impact

The Research Scientist will apply innovative technology to help drive the development of new products and improved processes aligned with business objectives. In this role, you will support the team and advanced analytical knowledge to generate and analyze complex and critical data.

Key Accountabilities

  • Develop and handle research plans for the functional area and targets aligned with the business objectives.

  • Develop and maintain current and leading industry trends through active participation in regional and global networks.

  • Conduct bench and pilot scale experiments following environmental health and safety guidelines in a high safety focused environment.

  • Interpret and document results of all tests into active databases and communicate results as required

  • Assess production processes and make recommendations for improvements that will reduce waste or cost and increase quality and or profitability.

  • Present ongoing work and findings to external audiences at conferences including the summaries and the nature and methodology of the research.

  • Independently handle complex issues with minimal supervision, while escalating only the most complex issues to appropriate staff.

  • Other duties as assigned


Applicant Information

This position is based in Plymouth, MN



  • Bachelor's degree in a related field or equivalent experience

  • Minimum of four years of related work experience

  • Ability to communicate effectively with peers, supervisors and managers.

  • Confirmed working knowledge of scientific research principles, concepts, practices and standards.


  • Master's degree or other post-secondary degree

  • Protein chemistry experience focused on ingredient development for use in food applications

  • Sensory science related to plant proteins

  • Understanding of food model systems

  • Understanding of the unit operations used in the development of plant proteins

Cargill highly encourages vaccinations but does not mandate at this time. Upon hire, you will be asked to provide your vaccination status, and if unvaccinated or if you choose not to disclose, you would be expected to follow Cargill’s safety protocols for unvaccinated employees (i.e., mask mandates, and social distancing).

Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet

At Cargill, everyone matters and everyone counts. Cargill is committed to creating and sustaining an inclusive and diverse work environment where all employees are treated with dignity and respect. As such and in alignment with our Guiding Principles, Cargill's long-standing equal employment opportunity policy prohibits discrimination and harassment against any employee or applicant based on race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, pregnancy, genetic information, marital status, family status, citizenship status, veteran status, military status, union affiliation, or any other status protected by law.

Cargill also complies with all applicable national and local laws and regulations pertaining to non-discrimination and employment.

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