Research Scientist - Nutrition

  • Utilise your Toxicology and Chemical Contaminants expertise at Fonterra’s Research and Development Centre in Palmerston North
  • Be at the forefront of scientific risk analysis across Fonterra’s value chain from grass to glass
  • Deliver practical advice grounded in science to the business, providing passion and direction to innovation.

Our story:

This role gives you the opportunity to perform leading-edge science and technology in one of the largest dairy research facilities in the world. Located in Palmerston North, New Zealand, the Fonterra Research and Development Centre (FRDC) is home to a highly collegial team of around 100 PhD qualified scientists, technologists and engineers – many of whom are the world’s leading experts in dairy science – and it is investing in new techniques with cutting edge technology right now!

The Opportunity:

As part of a dynamic and focussed nutrition team, based at the Fonterra Research and Development Centre in Palmerston North, this role is an opportunity to showcase your knowledge and expertise in the field of human nutrition, particularly applied to clinical trial management and project leadership.

Fonterra is developing new categories and products providing high quality dairy nutrition to the world, and this challenging yet rewarding position will get you noticed within the Fonterra community and external networks.
It’s an opportunity to join an environment known for industry breakthroughs and innovation, providing proactive thought leadership in dairy nutrition research.

The role will provide the scope for development in health research, clinical trial management and emerging research methodologies, putting you at the forefront of cutting-edge nutrition research. This opportunity will enable you to help shape Fonterra’s future strategic direction for nutrition as you and the team lead in best practise in clinical research.

What you will bring and develop:

With your background in nutrition research and tertiary academic studies this is an exciting opportunity to be part of Fonterra’s future in dairy nutrition research; providing pathways for success and keeping the Fonterra name at the forefront of dairy nutrition.

Success enablers for this role include –

  • Proven experience and knowledge of human nutrition clinical trials and project management
  • Experience in new product development and demonstrating thought leadership in nutrition science
  • Innovative thinking, creative problem solving and proactive, self-driven work ethos
  • Proactive stakeholder management with strong influencing and communication skills to a variety of audiences

Experience in the dairy industry or pharmaceutical clinical research are highly advantageous in this role and a Scientific Tertiary qualification, preferably in human nutrition, is also highly regarded. If you have the clinical trial experience, can work from concept to commercialisation in dairy products or ingredients and have great ideas for the future of dairy nutrition science, then we want to hear from you today.

Don’t overlook this great opportunity, it’s your next step, so apply today!


What you will bring and develop

Your previous experience of proactive risk identification and mitigation activity will give you a sound understanding of the needs of this role, providing sound science to communicate with regulators and customers, and support business led projects with in-depth scientific expertise.

Having worked as a Chemist or Toxicologist within a regulatory or commercial environment, you have an established track record of applying both depth and breadth of chemical expertise. You are an effective communicator with solid innovation and problem-solving skills, you enjoy building relationships with key stakeholders and working within cross-functional teams.

You will also have:

  • Proven toxicological or chemical science experience in a commercial food, clinical, pharmaceutical, or regulatory environment
  • A Masters or PhD degree in toxicology, chemistry, or related discipline
  • Previous experience of bringing science to support practical solutions
  • Understanding of risk-based thinking and tools
  • The ability to develop robust scientific understanding and evaluate situations to provide sound
  • Excellent communication skills and a true team ethos to work.

This is a great opportunity to develop, explore and challenge yourself to become strategically focussed on new and innovative processes and products within Fonterra.

Don’t overlook this great opportunity, it’s your next step!

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