Senior Scientist 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 in order to build the outstanding products that enable our mission. To meet this goal, we seek a Senior Scientist who is profoundly curious, collaborates broadly and easily draws connections between disparate fields. You will lead the effort to understand and improve IF’s microbial platforms. In this role, you define fundamental, relevant aspects of microbial biochemistry and physiology; extend and improve databases that link microbial strains to final products made from them (with technical support); mentor junior colleagues; and interact widely throughout the network of Impossible colleagues to access a broad range of technical expertise.

You Will:

Lead: define, discuss, critically evaluate and revise conceptual questions for this effort;
Select and measure relevant microbial features to include macroscopic properties, microscopic structure, gene expression, enzymes and small molecule profiles;
Test microscale findings at kilogram scale using common methods to isolate microbial biopolymers and small molecules (eg, mechanical disruption, clarification and filtration);
Aggregate, contextualize and summarize data. We are deeply committed to transparency, accessibility, accurate communication and the proper deployment of caveats.
Invent. Impossible Foods has built a new arena for its ingredients and products that your discoveries will support.

You Have:

PhD in Biochemistry, Microbiology or related fields;
A very deep interest in protein biochemistry and microbial physiology;
The ability to keep our mission top-of-mind while zooming into and back out of details and reshuffling priorities when we learn;
The aim to communicate clearly and to continually improve your ability to visually display quantitative information;
Perseverance. Our work is meaningful, highly innovative and fascinating – but not always straightforward;
The ability to wrangle and communicate data from your work and that of the extended team, 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.