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Senior Research Associate Microbial Research

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Company :
Impossible Foods

Location :
Redwood City, California

Expiry Date :
Fri, 06 Nov 2020 23:59:59 GMT

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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 CO2 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 revolutionfrom 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:

We are hiring for a Program to characterize and control microbial physiology to support building the outstanding products that enable our mission. To meet this goal, we seek a senior research associate who is creative, sharp-eyed, highly curious and collaborative. The role will help define fundamental, relevant aspects of microbial biochemistry and physiology; the person who takes on this role will interact widely throughout the network of Impossible colleagues to access a broad range of technical expertise. Together we will characterize and improve our microbial platforms by iterating through experimental design, execution and learning, then circle back to design.

You Will:

Work with Program lead and team to understand, discuss and critically evaluate conceptual questions;
Measure microbial features to include macroscopic properties, microscopic structure, gene expression, enzymes and small molecule profiles;
Test our findings using common process methods to isolate microbial biopolymers and small molecules (eg, mechanical disruption, clarification and filtration);
Aggregate, help contextualize and summarize data; regularly present data at meetings and informally. We are deeply committed to transparency, accessibility, accurate communication and the proper deployment of caveats.

You Have:

BS or MS in Biochemistry, Biology or related fields;
Passion for protein biochemistry and microbial physiology;
Skills required to thrive in a biochemistry or molecular biology laboratory;
The ability to keep our mission top-of-mind while zooming into and back out of details and reshuffling priorities when we learn;
A drive to communicate clearly and to continually improve this ability – the visual display of quantitative information in particular;
Perseverance; our work is meaningful, highly innovative and captivating — but not necessarily straightforward;
Ability to wrangle and communicate your data, minimally to include some programming (Python preferred).

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.