Principal Scientist - Proteins and Quality

  • Impossible Foods
  • Redwood City, CA
  • Aug 01, 2020
Research

Job Description

Impossible Foods is addressing the most catastrophic threats facing humanity: climate change and biodiversity collapse. A global transition to a plant-based food system will turn back the clock on atmospheric C02 levels, restore natural ecosystems and reverse meltdown in wildlife biomass.
The easiest -- if not only -- way to make our civilization sustainable is to eliminate livestock, the most dangerous technology on Earth. But humans won’t give up meat. So we need to make meat better -- more delicious and more nutritious, without animals as the underlying production technology. That means that making meat sustainably is the most important and urgent problem for the global scientific community.
Impossible Foods' mission is to completely replace the use of animals as a food-production technology by offering consumers everything they currently value about animal products -- and making products that are vastly superior to their animal analogues.
To do this, we are taking a revolutionary scientific and market-based approach. We are inventing efficient, sustainable ways to transform ingredients from plants into meat, fish and dairy foods that deliver all the pleasures and nutritional benefits consumers demand, without the destructive environmental or public health impact.
Our world-class R&D team has been building the know-how and technology platform to produce meat, fish and dairy foods from plants. Impossible Foods is experiencing rapid growth and is resolutely committed to leading all aspects of the plant-based food revolution—from discovery to commercial production. The only thing that will separate Impossible Foods from success and failure is our ability to recruit more world-class experts.
Want to join? Check out the job opening and requirements below:
The Principal Scientist is a new and critical role at Impossible Foods which sits within the R&D Downstream Isolation team. You will build and lead a new group that is responsible for evaluating the quality of our heme ingredient. Your group will ensure that our heme ingredient meets all quality and shelf life requirements as we continue to optimize and scale our manufacturing process. You will own and manage any SKU-specific heme formulation changes and advise on testing methodology, experimental design and data analysis. You will identify and spearhead heme product quality improvements such as shelf life extension. You will collaborate very closely with other heme teams such as Strain Development, Fermentation, Engineering and Analytics as well as the end user Product teams. You will work with corporate Quality to support root cause analysis on any out of spec heme product and Regulatory to provide all heme product data required for regulatory filings.
You are a technically savvy, scientifically curious, and motivated leader who knows the ins and outs of shared services in the quality and product development world. You are someone who loves science and is excited to make a big impact. We are looking for people with an enthusiasm for science and passion about creating products to change the world.

You Will:

  • Build out a platform to characterize, understand and control the quality of IF’s heme product.
  • Coordinate testing of all heme samples from research and process development trials.
  • Collaborate with corporate Quality to manage testing samples from heme manufacturing.
  • Develop heme formulation changes that result in targeted heme product quality improvements.
  • Design experiments to answer conceptual questions.
  • Determine the molecular mechanisms that drive changes in heme ingredient quality. 
  • Identify, develop, and implement a wide range of analytical test methods for monitoring process stability and final product quality.
  • Develop new systems to track testing programs and streamline data analysis.
  • Build a shelf life program for frozen and refrigerated heme including monitoring of physical properties, color, sensory and microbiological content.
  • Identify and liaise with external testing labs for evaluation of product quality, safety, and stability.
  • Support root cause analysis on out of spec heme product.
  • Provide heme quality documentation for regulatory filings.

You Have:

  • Ph.D in Chemical Engineering, Food Science, Biochemistry, Microbiology or a related field.
  • 8+ years of relevant industry experience.
  • 2+ years of managing small to medium size teams including direct supervision of personnel.
  • A strong scientific mind and passion for scientific rigor.
  • Experience with project management is required. Product life cycle management and/or management of change is a plus.
  • Direct experience with product formulation in the Food or Pharmaceutical industries.
  • Experience scaling up food products including bench, pilot, and plant scale testing is a plus.
  • Experienced with complex data analysis and interpretation.
  • Must have proven track record of  applying organizational rigor, documentation, and processes.
  • Self-starter attitude who is naturally curious and enjoys working in a fast-paced environment.
Impossible Foods Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to  race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.

Organization Type

Company  

Organization Size

51-100  

Sectors

Food & Agriculture

Climate Solutions

Plant-rich Diet

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