Junior Research Assistant

  • Nespresso
  • Lausanne, VD, Switzerland
  • 04/10/2019
Full time Data Science Data Analytics Big Data Statistics

Job Description

Title: Junior Research Assistant

Position snapshot

Location: Lausanne, Switzerland

Company: Nestlé Research


Position summary

Nestlé Research is based in Lausanne, Switzerland and employs approximately 800 people. It consists of four major research institutes: Health Sciences, Material Sciences, Food Safety & Analytical Sciences and Packaging Sciences. Nestlé Research combines fundamental science at the highest level, high-end analytical platforms leveraged by all research teams, and strong prototyping capabilities to accelerate the translation of science into innovation. Nestlé Research published around 1,000 scientific publications in peer review journals over the last five years, and files about 80 patents every year. Nestlé Research collaborates with approximately 100 universities or research institutes around the world. Learn more about Nestlé Research at www.nestle.com/randd.

To support its strategy in the field of Food Safety, the Food Safety Research Department at the Nestlé Institute of Food Safety and Analytical Sciences is seeking a Junior Research Assistant.

As a Junior Research Assistant you will bring a strong contribution to advance the incorporation of our platform of high performance thin layer chromatography coupled to bioassays (HPTLC-bioassays) into the testing of toxicological endpoints. You will develop, standardize, implement, and apply assays on this platform to address food safety relevant questions.

A day in a life of a Junior Research Assistant:

  • Identify new and existing cell-culture and microbial based bioassays to be coupled to high performance thin layer chromatography (HPTLC)

  • Assessment of quality parameters and investigations of possibilities for improvement (sensitivity, specificity, limit od detection)

  • Liaise with external collaboration partners and suppliers to optimize and implement for Nestlé-specific fit-for-purpose applications

  • Develop data interpretation approaches and ensure trouble-shooting. Present data internally and externally

  • Propose and execute experimental activity plan regarding the application of HPTLC-bioassays in NR-projects

  • Generate, analyze, interpret and report data

What makes you successful:

  • Practical expertise and competence in in vitro methods, including cell and microbial cultures, maintenance and treatment, coupling to HPTLC, as well as trouble shooting
  • Experience in data analysis, dose-response modeling in order to exploit efficiently the data
  • Understanding of the field of biodetection and bioassays (including equipment mastering)
  • Experience in assessing quality and fitness-for-purpose of bioassays
  • Experience in experimental design setting and management
  • Understanding and experience for application of quality standards

  • Documentation & reporting

What will really set you apart is your results focus and strong desire to work in a team of technicians, junior and senior scientists, your interdisciplinary collaboration and communication mindset and your agility to embrace new challenges.

If you are passionate about people, cultures and languages, if you like contacts and want to make a difference to our company’s performance, apply in English at www.nestle.com/jobs.

The Nestlé Group is the world’s largest food and beverage company with 91.4 billion Swiss Francs in sales in 2018. It is present in 190 countries around the world, has 413 factories and its 308,000 employees are committed to Nestlé’s purpose of enhancing quality of life and contributing to a healthier future. Nestlé offers a wide portfolio of products and services for people and their pets throughout their lives. Its more than 2000 brands range from global icons like Nescafé or Nespresso to local favourites. Company performance is driven by its Nutrition, Health and Wellness strategy. Nestlé is based in the Swiss town of Vevey where it was founded more than 150 years ago. Learn more about our Group and reasons to join us on www.nestle.com.