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Application Scientist

Date: Sep 5, 2021

Location: Tokyo, 13, JP

Company: Glanbia

 R&D Scientist

Job Description Revised January 2021

Supervisor’s Title:             Research Manager - ASPAC

Department:                        Research & Development

Exempt Status:                   Exempt

Location:                              Tokyo, Japan


Job Summary

This position is a mid-level research scientist responsible for researching projects including product development, process enhancement, patent development and strong linkage to customers for joint development and technical support.


Essential Functions

  • Work independently to develop a wide variety of commercially-viable food and supplement applications including nutritional bars, beverages, fresh dairy, bakery, snacks, confectionary etc., utilizing Glanbia’s full product portfolio.
  • Support Sales and business development teams frequently for customer support and visits to customers. 
  • Deliver technical presentations at conferences, meetings, trade shows, and customer visits in English and Japanese.
  • Educate sales force in both formal and informal training, particularly in new products that are being commercialized.
  • Plan and design robust experiments that can be statistically analyzed and stand up under scientific scrutiny.
  • Work directly with customers both on and off site, using the GN collaborative model. 
  • Ability to support customers from bench top development and formulation through plant trials and commercialization.
  • Develop new food products consistent with Japan’s food regulations for safety and quality
  • Source raw materials and build localized vendor/distributor network.
  • Test new products for flavor, texture, color, nutritional content and adherence to government and industry standards.
  • Write reports in a clear, concise and meaningful way including interpretation of scientific data.
  • Remain current on industry trends, Japanese market trends and new product launches.

Additional Functions

  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Comply with all safety policies, practices and procedures. Report all unsafe activities to supervisor and/or Human Resources.
  • Participate in proactive team efforts to achieve departmental and company goals.


  • Must possess a Master of Science degree (M. S.) or equivalent; or a B. S. degree with minimum of seven years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Proficient in both English and Japanese
  • Ability to synthesize new ideas and methods from reading and analyzing common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents.
  • Must have the ability to present information to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.
  • Proficient computer skills that allow analysis and interpretation of scientific data, graphics, statistical analysis and preparation of publication quality manuscripts.
  • Must possess excellent documentation and record keeping skills.
  • Ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems. Ability to deal with nonverbal symbolism (formulas, scientific equations, graphs, etc.,) in difficult phases. Ability to deal with a variety of abstract and concrete variables.
  • Must be able to handle multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Must have in depth knowledge of instruments and pilot processing equipment
  • Experience with formulating a wide range of food products is preferred, including successful development and commercialization of such products, with a strong understanding of proteins, stabilizers system, sweeteners, fiber, flavor and starch, etc.
  • Understanding how different ingredients interact during processing to form desirable texture and flavor in finished food products.



Typical Physical Activity

Physical Demands

  • Frequently involves sitting and standing.

Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to lift and carry items weighing up to 20 kgs.
  • Manual dexterity sufficient to reach/handle items, work with the fingers, and perceive attributes of objects and materials.
  • Involves light physical activity performing non-strenuous daily activities of a productive/technical nature.


Typical Environmental Conditions

  • May be exposed to moderate noise levels (i.e. office equipment, light traffic).
  • May be exposed to humidity, intense heat, and toxic chemicals.
  • May work in areas with mechanical moving parts.

Travel Requirements

    • Moderate overnight travel (up to 30%) by land and/or air.