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Senior Research Scientist


Huairou, BJ, CN


A mutually rewarding experience.

Work. Realize your ambitions. And realize there’s more to being in business than just making a profit. That’s the Mars philosophy. And the opportunity we offer every one of our Associates. An opportunity to take what you do and make it mean more for you, for those around you and for the planet.  What you get here is challenging, interesting work. You get the tools you need to do a great job and you get to have the best possible people on your side to help you do it. And at the same time as getting to find ways to do business better today than we did it yesterday and driving a great career, you also get to build a more enlightened business and drive sustainability.

Because it’s never just about a single person, a single project or a single brand. It’s about how you can grab everything that’s within your reach here and use it to pursue mutual, long-term gain. It’s about having ideas. And ideals. Being prepared to risk failure because the promise of success means we’ll all be a little better off. It’s that mix of integrity and ambition that makes Mars such a special place to work. And why working here is always about more than just a job.

About Mars, Incorporated 

Mars is a family-owned business with more than a century of history making diverse products and offering services for people and the pets people love. With almost $35 billion in sales, the company is a global business that produces some of the world’s best-loved brands: M&M’s®, SNICKERS®, TWIX®, MILKY WAY®, DOVE®, PEDIGREE®, ROYAL CANIN®, WHISKAS®, EXTRA®, ORBIT®, 5™, SKITTLES®, UNCLE BEN’S®, MARS DRINKS and COCOAVIA®. Mars also provides veterinary health services that include BANFIELD® Pet Hospitals, Blue Pearl®, VCA® and Pet Partners™. Headquartered in McLean, VA, Mars operates in more than 80 countries. The Mars Five Principles – Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom – inspire its more than 100,000 Associates to create value for all its partners and deliver growth they are proud of every day.


Key Responsibilities/职位描述

  • Manage R&D projects (from scoping and design phase to handover for further deployment) within the microbial risk management research program including but not limited to applications of bioinformatics and whole genomic sequencing enabled technologies.
  • Ensure compliance with the research governance process and knowledge management practices (e.g. charters, project initiation forms (PIFs)) and providing metrics to measure and report on the progress of research projects.
  • Ensure excellence in R&D project management in activities he/she leads from design to handover.
  • Deliver Design of Experiment (DoE) and the research plan through work conducted within Mars owned facilities and in collaboration with external academic institutes.
  • Ensure continuous development of core food safety research competencies. Acting as a subject matter expert of bioinformatics, contribute to establishment, implementation, and maintenance of bioinformatic data analysis platforms.
  • Proactively investigate and recommend new technologies to support innovation projects at the Mars GFSC.
  • Train and develop research scientists and laboratory scientists in advanced instrumental analysis.
  • Deliver food safety related training for internal and external participants in partnership with the Mars GFSC Communication, Training and External Engagement team.
  • Act as an ambassador for the Mars GFSC in microbial risk management. Share knowledge by attending and presenting at appropriate global conferences, symposia, writing peer-reviewed scientific publications in line with the aligned research strategy and contributing to GFSC training courses.
  • Manage external network and collaborate with laboratory scientists and technologists to ensure delivery of research goals in a timely fashion.
  • Ensure knowledge is appropriately captured from all relevant sources including conferences, horizon scanning, and other sources of intelligence and shared. Ensure insights are used to inform future direction of the research plan.
  • Contribute to research and Mars GFSC team engagement and high-performance collaboration.



Education & Professional Qualifications     

  • A PhD in Life Science, Food Science, or similar discipline is required.
  • Proven ability to translate science insights and business needs into relevant research projects with clear business goals and delivery milestones.
  • Proven record of publishing work in peer-reviewed scientific publications and delivering technical presentations.
  • Excellent oral and written English skills.

Knowledge / Experience       

  • A minimum of three years’ experience managing multi-dimensional research projects.
  • Five years' experience of working within an industry or research laboratory.
  • In-depth knowledge in various aspects of biology, such as microbiology, molecular biology, bioinformatics.
  • Experience of working with food materials is essential.
  • Knowledge of the latest technologies used to detect and identify food borne pathogens is preferred.
  • Proven ability to build effective networks and collaborate effectively.
  • External engagement experience and presenting at conferences is desirable.




Mars is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. If you need assistance or an accommodation during the application process because of a disability, it is available upon request. The company is pleased to provide such assistance, and no applicant will be penalized as a result of such a request.


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