Leidos has an excellent opportunity for an Advanced Food Technologist Research Scientist to work as part of NASA's Human Health and Performance Contract (HHPC). This program provides biomedical, medical and health services in support of human spaceflight programs. The role performs research activities within the Advanced Food Technology (AFT) portfolio, which is responsible for developing requirements, methods, and technologies that enable NASA to provide an adequate food system for future space exploration. The AFT Research Scientist will oversee several multi-year research projects that contribute to the overall body of research that is aimed at reducing the risk of performance decrement and crew illness due to an inadequate food system.
The AFT Scientist will develop new products, reformulate existing foods, administer nutrition stability testing, determine shelf-life, process organoleptic characterization of packaged foods and bioregenerative produce, and integrate foods into flight studies or ground-based analogs. The role is responsible for conducting literature reviews, supporting proposal development, creating technical reports, and preparing presentations. As part of the Human Systems Engineering and Innovation organization, the employee will participate in Public Affairs and Education outreach activities to represent the program.
This position is located on-site at Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX, and has the ability to work 1-2 days remotely.
US Citizenship or US Permanent Residency is required. Must be able to obtain a Public Trust Security Clearance.
Create and manage schedules for shelf-life testing of food / products. Establish and administer analytical testing procedures.
Oversee research and development processes to verify accuracy of analytical tests. Analyze shelf-life data and provide regular updates to NASA customer.
Develop project timelines and track deliverables to ensure timelines are met. Coordinate and facilitate communication of project status to NASA customer.
Assist with development of powdered nutritional beverages, retorted or freeze-dried foods, and flavor/texture optimization.
Evaluate processing technologies, conduct assessments of alternative packaging materials, and make recommendations.
Manage sensory evaluation schedules to ensure that tests are conducted in accordance with Independent Review Board (IRB) protocols for human testing.
Participate in panelist recruitment and training; guarantee sensory data is analyzed and reported on a weekly basis.
Complete literature reviews to remain current on industry standards and contribute to proposals and manuscripts for publication.
Support the development and reformulation of menu items for crew members at the International Space Station (ISS).
Attend outreach events coordinated by the Public Affairs and Education Office or as requested by the NASA customer.
Master’s Degree in Food Science (or closely-related discipline)
5+ years of hands-on experience in a commercial food production or research setting
Experience in shelf-life determination, food product development, specification development
Experience in analytical evaluation, research project management, and data analysis/reporting
Strong, effective communication skills- both oral and written
Proficiency with Microsoft Office Word, Excel, SharePoint, and PowerPoint
PhD in Food Science (or closely-related discipline)
Current Serv-Safe Certification
Experience performing sensory evaluation
Experience updating ingredient and product specifications
Experience with nutritional estimation and label generation
Experience managing complex budgets
Proficiency in EndNote
Pay Range:Pay Range $97,500.00 - $150,000.00 - $202,500.00
The Leidos pay range for this job level is a general guideline only and not a guarantee of compensation or salary. Additional factors considered in extending an offer include (but are not limited to) responsibilities of the job, education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities, as well as internal equity, alignment with market data, applicable bargaining agreement (if any), or other law.
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