Associate Scientist–Global Analytical Food Safety – Commodity Qualifications

in Columbus, OH

Associate Scientist–Global Analytical Food Safety – Commodity Qualifications Job

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  • Job Location

    Columbus, OH, US

  • Job Category

    Research & Development

  • Job Type

    Full time

  • Travel

    Yes, 5 % of the Time

  • Schedule

    40 hours per week

Associate Scientist–Global Analytical Food Safety – Commodity Qualifications

About Abbott

Abbott is a global healthcare leader, creating breakthrough science to improve people’s health. We’re always looking towards the future, anticipating changes in medical science and technology.

Our nutrition business develops science-based nutrition products for people of all ages, from helping babies and children grow, to keeping adult bodies strong and active. Millions of people around the world count on our leading brands – including Similac®, PediaSure®, Pedialyte®, Ensure®, Glucerna® and ZonePerfect® – to help get the nutrients they need to live their healthiest life.

Working at Abbott

At Abbott, you can do work that matters, grow, and learn, care for yourself and family, be your true self and live a full life. You’ll also have access to:

  • Training and career development, with onboarding programs for new employees and tuition assistance
  • Financial security through competitive compensation, incentives and retirement plans
  • Health care and well-being programs including medical, dental, vision, wellness and occupational health programs, Medical Benefits start day 1
  • Vacation – 3 weeks accrued vacation (1st yr. is prorated) + vacation buy program + 3 personal days + 10 paid holidays
  • Company Paid Pension Plan
  • 401(k) retirement savings with a generous company match of 5%
  • Tuition reimbursement, the Freedom 2 Save student debt program and FreeU education benefit - an affordable and convenient path to getting a bachelor’s degree.
  • A company recognized as a great place to work in dozens of countries around the world and named one of the most admired companies in the world by Fortune.
  • A company that is recognized as one of the best big companies to work for as well as a best place to work for diversity, working mothers, female executives, and scientists.
  • The stability of a company with a record of strong financial performance and history of being actively involved in local communities

The Opportunity

  • This position works out of our Columbus, OH location in the Nutrition Division.


  • Coordinate microbiological testing activity for ingredient qualifications, including: Test method selection; Aseptic sampling; Coordination of both internal and external testing; Verification of results; Data summarization and troubleshooting.
  • Assess microbiology test methods and specifications of ingredient suppliers
  • Perform biological hazard analysis of ingredients
  • Recommend microbiological tests and specifications of ingredients for research and commercial use
  • Work closely with Supplier Quality Assurance, R&D Microbiology, Product Development, Project Management, and Purchasing groups in support of ingredient qualification projects.
  • Manage ingredient qualification testing projects under the guidance of a senior microbiologist, project coordinator, or R&D manager.
  • Directs own daily activities to gather, verify, and summarize test data while incorporating appropriate procedures.
  • Interact with other groups, share information, provide updates, summarize information, and distill technical information for non-technical team members. 


  • Strategy: Projects are assigned with defined scope and goals.  Assures activities are consistent with project critical path.  Detailed direction of activities is not required.  Budgets own time to carry out assigned duties.
  • Quality of Work:  Responsible for documentation accuracy, quality, and timeliness of testing results and final assessments.
  • Work Performance: Successfully summarizes data and analyzes results; formulates conclusions and reviews progress with supervisor.  Highlights out of specification or aberrant results to supervisor for review.


  • Minimum B.S. in Microbiology or related field with 2 years’ experience in quality, research, or industry laboratory.
  • Experience with ingredient qualification for food production, macro and micro-nutrients, proximates, contaminants, or project management are an advantage.


Yes, 5% of the Time

MISC: There is no relocation offered for this role

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* Participants who complete a short wellness assessment qualify for FREE coverage in our HIP PPO medical plan. Free coverage applies in the next calendar year.

Learn more about our health and wellness benefits, which provide the security to help you and your family live full lives:

Follow your career aspirations to Abbott for diverse opportunities with a company that can help you build your future and live your best life. Abbott is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to employee diversity.

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The base pay for this position is $51,300.00 – $102,700.00. In specific locations, the pay range may vary from the range posted.

Job Skills

  • microbiology
  • r&d
  • product development
  • microbiological
  • microbiological testing
  • aseptic
  • hazard analysis
  • biological hazard analysis
  • qualification testing
  • test methods
  • supplier quality assurance
  • project management
  • business
  • technical information
  • troubleshooting


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Additional Information

Who We Are


Abbott values the leadership skills developed through military service and we have a broad range of functional areas to put your talents to work. Our organization is making a difference in the lives of the people we serve with a diverse offering of healthcare products. We have a strong veteran employee community to help with your transition from the military to the corporate world.

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