Chemist and Food and Wine Scientist

Chemists and Food and Wine Scientists study the composition and properties of substances and the interactions between them, monitor chemical methods and production, develop new food and wine products and improve existing production.

Duties and tasks

  • Adhere to strict health and safety standards when working in the lab or directly with chemicals
  • Assess the taste, consistency, flavour and nutritional value of food and wine products
  • Conduct trials to isolate the chemical composition and reactions of natural as well as processed materials
  • Develop guidelines on the healthiest and most cost-effective ways to manufacture, process, preserve, package and store food items
  • Direct winemaking production process, assessing grape maturity, sugar and acidity levels
  • Experiment with new chemical interactions to explore combinations for desired products or outcome
  • Plan and implement emergency procedures in case of equipment malfunction or hazardous reactions

Skills required

  • Adhere to High Health and Safety Regulations
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Scientific Knowledge
  • Strong Attention to Detail
  • Strong Problem Solving Capabilities

Working conditions

Chemists and Food and Wine Scientists typically work regular Monday thru Friday hours in well-equipped laboratories and offices. They may also be required to do research in chemical plants or in outdoor settings. It is important that proper safety procedures are followed, as they frequently work with potentially harmful or explosive chemical materials.

Professional associations / Industry information

Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers Australia
The Royal Australian Chemical Institute

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