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Microbiome Nutrition Specialist, Research and Development



Wayzata, MN, USA · Minneapolis, MN, USA
Posted on Sunday, June 9, 2024
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Microbiome Nutrition Specialist, Research and Development

Job ID 293471 Date posted 06/06/2024 Location : Wayzata, Minnesota | Minneapolis, Minnesota Category RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT Job Status Salaried Full Time

Cargill’s size and scale allows us to make a positive impact in the world. Our purpose is to nourish the world in a safe, responsible and sustainable way.
Cargill is a family company providing food, ingredients, agricultural solutions and industrial products that are vital for living. We connect farmers with markets so they can prosper. We connect customers with ingredients so they can make meals people love. And we connect families with daily essentials — from eggs to edible oils, salt to skincare, feed to alternative fuel. Our 160,000 colleagues, operating in 70 countries, make essential products that touch billions of lives each day. Join us and reach your higher purpose at Cargill.
This position is in Cargill’s agricultural supply chain business. We sit at the heart of the supply chain, partnering with farmers and customers to source, make and deliver essential products.

Job Purpose and Impact

The Microbiome Nutrition Specialist, R&D, will build, execute & lead global R&D projects that connect the human & animal gut microbiome to a variety of health conditions, health benefit areas, and categories. The Microbiome Nutrition Specialist, R&D, is responsible for building, executing & maintaining global research and development projects that shape understanding of ingredient/product opportunities and needs in the area of gut health & microbiome-driven nutrition, as well as projects that target development of products to meet those needs. In this role, you will translate business objectives into scientific research programs, coordinate internal & external resources to conduct research work, ensure that market and technology opportunities are understood and prioritized, and customer and innovation needs are efficiently and effectively met.

Key Accountabilities

  • Develop and maintain strong connections to relevant Cargill business partners in the Specialized Nutrition and Animal Nutrition businesses to conceptualize, plan & execute relevant internal & external preclinical & clinical work directed towards substantiation of identified health benefits & health claims
  • Conduct and coordinate internal & external activities to assist the business in understanding technical & commercial needs in the areas of gut health, the gut microbiome, the connection between the gut microbiome and target health benefits areas and other relevant areas of scientific discovery
  • Define a portfolio of scientific & product development opportunities that meets identified needs, and provide specialized knowledge & thought leadership in the areas of gut and microbiome health
  • Independently handle complex issues with minimal supervision, while escalating only the most complex issues to appropriate staff
  • Other duties as assigned


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in nutrition, biochemistry, biology or related scientific discipline
  • Minimum of four years of related work experience
  • Demonstrated experience in nutritional and health-related scientific research with an emphasis on the human or animal gut microbiome and its connection to target health benefit areas

Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD in Biochemistry, Systems Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology or related degree with strong foundations in gut microbiome and experience in the area of microbiome-host interaction
  • 8 or more years’ experience in the CPG (consumer packaged goods) OR food or feed industry in relevant segments or categories, with demonstrated experience & expertise in the human or animal gut microbiome and its connection to target health benefit areas
  • Demonstrated experience in evaluating & summarizing scientific literature in the field of gut & microbiome health
  • Demonstrated experience with clinical trials &/or product claim substantiation
  • Experience in collaborating with academic and other knowledge institutions
  • Proven portfolio management experience, including gate review team/portfolio review team participation
  • Experience with conducting research in a multi-national/cultural matrixed organizational environment.


Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.

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