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Research Chemist

At Hilmar Cheese Company we improve lives around the world through wholesome dairy products. Since our founding in 1984, Hilmar Cheese Company has been committed to innovation and sustainability. Our state-of-the art production facilities convert an abundance of locally sourced high-quality milk into a variety of nutritious cheeses, whey protein and lactose. The Cheese and Ingredients that we produce create a wide variety of retail and food service products from sliced and shredded cheeses, to protein supplements and infant formula. We are a trusted partner to premier food and beverage brands in for than fifty countries helping bring their vision into reality.


Throughout our decades of success and growth we have remained committed to our mission and values and these principles unite our people and guide all that we do.

A Typical Day

This is a R&D position with a designated obligation to the QA/QC chemistry lab.  The Research Chemist conducts and/or supports product/process research and development initiatives through the proper application of development-stage analytical methods, evaluating current analytical procedures, and providing analytical support to Sales, Marketing, Customer Service, QA, and Manufacturing.

Job Responsibilities

  • Develop, validate, implement and transfer as needed analytical methods to measure chemical composition, chemical/physical properties and biological activities of dairy process streams and finished products to support research projects, product/process development initiatives and QA/QC testing requirements.
  • Conduct research projects which require proper utilization of development-stage analytical methods and assist in the interpretation of the analytical results on implications to such research projects. 
  • Provide technical support and ongoing maintenance on existing analytical methods and technologies used in R&D, QA and Manufacturing.
  • Write appropriate analytical methods for internal R&D use and customer communication as well as SOPS for analytical method transfers to QA or Manufacturing. 
  • Conduct training of lab and plant personnel to conduct routine QC/QA analytical methods.
  • Maintain an accurate laboratory notebook according to current protocol.
  • Maintain and advance current knowledge of analytical technologies through scientific literature, professional organizations, instrument manufacturer trials and relevant method publication.

What You Will Need

  • Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry or related field plus 5 years’ related experience OR Master’s degree plus 1 year related experience.
  • Knowledge of research principles and ability to design and perform experiments requiring control of process variables, execution of complicated methods and statistical analysis of data.
  • Good chemistry knowledge including food chemical composition, structures, properties and potential reactions and familiar with the properties and safe handling of common chemical reagents.
  • Knowledge of chromatography, spectroscopy, and spectrophotometry techniques for determination of organic compounds including proteins.
  • Basic knowledge of industry quality control principles.
  • Advanced experience with Microsoft applications (i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access).
  • Good organizational skills and ability to work with multiple projects and deadlines. 

What Will Put You Ahead

  • Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry or related field plus 7 years’ related experience or Master’s degree plus 2 years’ related experience or PhD.
  • Basic knowledge of dairy-related chemistry, specifically in the field of dairy protein and lactose chemistry as well as nutritional chemistry.
  • Analytical method development and/or research experience in Food, Dairy or Pharmaceutical industry.
  • Analytical method development and/or research experience in protein characterization and/or proteomics.
  • Experience with real-time process control technologies and measurements.
  • Experience in the application and use of chemometrics and/or chemometric-based analytical methods.
  • Experience with a variety of chromatography/spectroscopy data systems (i.e. Chemstation, Chromeleon, Analyst, Integrator, MS Workstation, Mass Hunter Open Lab, OPUS, etc.).

Physical Demands

The work is primarily performed in an office environment and the physical demands are characteristic of a mostly sedentary role.  Specific details of the essential functions of the position is available in the Job Safety Analysis, made available on request. 


Food safety is a companywide responsibility and each employee must know their role in the manufacture and distribution of safe, wholesome, and high quality products.


This description is a general statement and does not include other duties as assigned

Hilmar Cheese Company, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer/EEO. We participate in E-Verify.

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