In the face of increasing population and longevity, food and nutrition security is at the global forefront in the battle to achieve greater health and wellness. Nutrition science is being redefined and players across the food industry value chain must reassess conventional processes and products to cater to evolving industry and consumer demands.
Lux Research is seeking candidates to research the future of food and nutrition technologies, aimed at helping clients grow their businesses. Lux’s clients include leading global ingredient companies, food and consumer-packaged goods companies, and major chemical companies in addition to investor and government groups.
Research Associates become experts in assessing novel and emerging technologies, through interviews with technology developers and clients, as well as in-depth secondary research efforts like market sizes and technology roadmaps.
A successful Research Associate will be comfortable researching a wide range of technologies including food safety innovations, alternative ingredient production, and personalized nutrition solutions to develop and share well-researched opinions with a broad range of audiences.
Work with a geographically diverse team to develop and test research hypotheses and prepare findings for clients.
Conduct primary interviews and author descriptive documents that profile the emerging technology activities of start-up companies, large corporations, and research laboratories.
Conduct secondary research drawing on diverse sources, including business articles, scientific publications, patent filings, and press releases.
Maintain a pipeline of briefings with senior executives at innovative companies as well as leaders of cutting-edge university and government labs.
Assist with the production of research reports and other client deliverables.
A strong record of academic achievement. Bachelor’s degree required with a major in the life sciences (food science, nutrition science, food engineering, biology, chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology). One to two years of work experience is a plus.
Deep intellectual curiosity about emerging technologies, especially in food and/or nutrition science; including food processing and distribution platforms, ingredient production technologies, emerging food business models, and emerging trends such as personalized nutrition.
English fluency (oral and written) is a must.
Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail; ability to juggle multiple tasks.
Willingness to do whatever it takes to meet client needs in a fast-moving, rapidly growing, start-up-like environment.
Entrepreneurial, enthusiastic, collegial, and collaborative approach to work.
Ability to write clearly about business and technical topics.
Comfort in calling into companies and research labs to schedule briefings.Excellent office software skills (Word, Powerpoint, and Excel) and the ability to meet deadlines is critical.
This is an entry-level position which is not appropriate for Ph.D.'s or post-docs.
Lux Research is an independent research and advisory firm providing strategic advice and ongoing intelligence for emerging technologies. Leaders in business, finance, and government rely on us to help them make informed strategic decisions. Through our unique research approach focused on primary research and our extensive global network, we deliver insight, connections, and competitive advantage t...o our clients. We serve clients on six continents from offices in Boston, New York, Amsterdam, Tokyo and Singapore. Our typical client account holder is a CTO, head of new business development, or direct report at a large, multinational corporation. We also have client relationships with organizations as diverse as government departments, start-up companies, insurers, and investment managers. Lux Research analysts are a diverse mix of consulting professionals, market researchers, and Ph.D. scientists and engineers. This unique blend of capabilities helps us to link science-driven innovation to its business impact.