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Ecolab Inc Principal Chemical Engineer in Eagan, Minnesota

This position is within Ecolab's Global Clean in Place (CIP) RD&E team, which leads the global technology strategy and roadmap, and develops technology for deployment to markets. In this role, you will be responsible for leading projects and technology development for the CIP application at Food & Beverage customers. This includes a range of activities including early ideation, concept development, technology screening and advancement, as well as project leadership. What's in it For You: The opportunity to take on some of the world's most meaningful challenges, helping customers achieve clean water, safe food, abundant energy, and healthy environments Learn and build expertise about CIP technologies, Food & Beverage customer process improvements, and customer food safety & quality across a variety of customer segments Collaborate with global researchers and build a strong professional network. Thrive in a company that values a culture of safety, sustainability, inclusiveness, and performance. The support of an organization that believes it is vital to include and engage diverse people, perspectives, and ideas to achieve our best The ability to make an impact and shape your career with a company that is passionate about growth What you will do: Adopt Ecolab's safety culture through regular participation in safety initiatives and ongoing discussion and review of safety practices. Make safety a priority in all aspects and actively model safety leadership. Demonstrates ability to uncover unidentified customer needs and translate these into new solutions and product ideas that ultimately turn into breakthrough product development or enhancement solutions. Work closely with the sales and marketing team to clearly define the customer problem statement and project deliverables, collaborate with other researchers in RD&E organization to develop the offering, and run field trials to demonstrate technical fit and value proposition. Plans & performs research experiments, interprets data, and presents conclusions from research work for new product and system development, both in the laboratory as well as customer's manufacturing facilities Develops technical solutions to highly complex problems that require the regular use of ingenuity and creativity to solve issues and create customer value. Maintain detailed logs of work-related activities, including accurate laboratory records and data on research methods, procedures, and results. Document literature reviews, methods, and results through research and technical reports. Literature searches to select and modify methods, procedures, and ideas most appropriate for research goals. Communicates effectively with the project team and the stakeholders about key developments on research projects. Establish effective working relationships with personnel in Sales, Marketing, Manufacturing, and other research groups in support of research efforts. Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in Chemistry, Engineering, or related technical discipline. 5 + years' experience working in an R&D environment, including regular use of the scientific method, statistics, and design of experiment. 2+ years' experience managing new product development projects, with focus on identifying customer problems and translating these into new solutions Preferred Qualifications: Experience in at least two of the following areas: food & beverage processing, industrial cleaning and sanitizing processes, food safety and product quality management, industrial process optimization, and/or detergent or sanitizer formulation. Demonstrated attention to detail and problem-solving skills. Excellent written and oral communication skills in English. Strong leadership presence with ability to represent RD&E to senior management, external organizations, and customers. A good team player, highly motivated, and passionate about science. Experience in digital solutions for process optimization. Ability to supp