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Research Scientist - Starch

World Centric

Job Description


World Centric is a highly mission driven company that seeks to have a meaningful impact on people and planet through our compostable products and the donation of 25% of profits to the most vulnerable in the world. If you decide that the role below could be a great fit for you, please be sure to include a cover letter detailing your interest in working for World Centric. For more information on working and life at World Centric, please visit our website.

World Centric is a leading manufacturer of compostable food service packaging. This position will be located in our new site at Metro Atlanta. We are looking for a Research Scientist to develop starch-based products primarily for food packaging.  


  •  Research and develop novel starch-based food packaging products

  • Conduct research independently (from the conception and planning to execution of a research idea) and also function as a part of team

  • Organize and co-ordinate the lab to manufacturing process

  • Maintain and expand the knowledge of starch-based materials development in an interdisciplinary field

  • Keep up with scientific and patent literature and apply these to research

  • Communicate ideas, results, opportunities and recommendations to internal stakeholders 

  • Communicate findings for IP development and transfer solutions to production together with engineers and scientists

  • Manage general laboratory maintenance and logistics

 Experience Requirements

  •  Experience with structure-property-function relationship of starches

  •  Experience with chemical modifications of starches and characterization of these

  •  Experience with native starches, modified starches, thermoplastic starches, starch composites and blends, applications of these in paper products

  • Experience with starch processing techniques and equipment - extrusion, compression molding, injection molding, thermoforming, jet-cooking, pressure reactors, film casting etc.

  •  Experience with relevant testing and analytical methods

  • Experience with applied research to produce products and materials for market sales

  •  Experience working with process engineers and manufacturing engineers to scale up lab processes to pilot and full-scale production.


  • ·PhD in Chemistry, Food Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Polymer Science, Material Science or other relevant qualifications with 4+ years of experience is preferred.  

  • Preparation of reports, patents and manuscripts

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

  • Hands on and resourceful in accessing information, materials, chemicals, equipment needed for research.

  • Ability to work in a team, give and receive feedback


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