Cargill Senior Research Scientist in Vilvoorde, Belgium

Senior Research Scientist

Cargill provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services to the world. Together with farmers, customers, governments and communities, we help people thrive by applying our insights and over 150 years of experience. We have 150,000 employees in 70 countries who are committed to feeding the world in a responsible way, reducing environmental impact and improving the communities where we live and work.


Job location(s): Vilvoorde, Belgium

As a Senior Scientist – Protein Chemistry, you will be a member of Ingredient Chemistry Team, striving for success of Cargill Global Ingredient, Material and Nutrition Research. You will work closely together with the scientists and build strong connections with technical resources housed in the various Cargill Businesses.

You will support Cargill Global Ingredient, Material and Nutrition Research business by providing knowledge and scientific insight in the field of vegetable proteins. You will lead and participate in the execution of scientific research programs.

In addition, you will search for new opportunities and research areas that are aligned with the company’s research and product line strategy.

Major Tasks

  • You will manage foundational research projects within Cargill’s Ingredient, Material and Nutrition team and with other Cargill businesses

  • You will lead technical projects in the area of Protein Chemistry

  • You will provide scientific advice on proteins and contribute to business driven projects

  • You will scout for new research areas by monitoring scientific literature and by understanding customer and market needs

  • You will identify technical knowledge gaps and leverage internal and external technology partnerships

  • You will drive technology scouting activities and actively explore external technologies

  • You will engage with internal and external partners including knowledge institutions, universities, technology vendors and scientific industry groups

  • You will represent Cargill through presentations at scientific conferences and publications in scientific literature

  • You will monitor and create intellectual property, including submission of invention disclosures and interfacing with Intellectual Asset Specialist to initiate Confidential Disclosure Agreement, Material Transfer Agreements, Patent Applications, etc.


  • Master Degree or PhD in (Bio) Chemistry, Food Chemistry, Food Science or closely related field

  • 5-10 years food industry experience, preferably in Research or Product Development

  • Demonstrated knowledge in the field of protein chemistry and research

  • Highly effective project management skills

  • Ability to work in diverse and cross-functional teams

  • Proficient in English language

Our Offer

In return for your expertise and commitment, we will provide a fast paced stimulating international environment, which will stretch your abilities and channel your talents. We also offer competitive salary and benefits combined with outstanding career development opportunities in one of the largest and most solid private companies in the world.

Interested? Then make sure to send us your CV and cover letter in English today.

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Primary Location Belgium-BRU-Vilvoorde

Schedule Full-time

Job Type Standard

Shift Day Job

Req ID: VIL00352