Sr./Principal Scientist/Manager, Validation- Ingredient Discovery

Impossible Foods
Redwood City, California, US
Jun 16, 2021
Jun 17, 2021
Climate Change
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
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 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:

Do you often find yourself thinking about how ingredients work together to make delicious food? If you are the most organized person you know, an excellent communicator, and thrive when working on diverse teams, this may be the role for you! You will be working in a cross-functional team evaluating the ingredients that make up our products - from discovery to commercial production. This role is essential to ensure that Impossible Foods identifies or develops high quality ingredients to create delicious and nutritious plant based products to delight customers.

We are looking for outstanding experimentalists with a passion for discovery and deep understanding of ingredient and product functionality. We want a person that is analytically minded and a creative problem solver who enjoys working with a variety of cross-functional teams to achieve research and commercial goals.
Postion Responsibilities:
  • Develop assays, workflows, and processes to validate ingredient or process changes in current and future products
  • Lead a group of Scientists and/or Research Associates working on ingredient discovery and validation at the lab, R&D kitchen, pilot plant, and manufacturing scales
  • Collaborate extensively with Strategic Sourcing, Product Commercialization, Discovery, Material Science, Analytical Science, and Product Management to validate and commercialize new technology and ingredients.
  • Design, conduct, and analyze sensory and analytical experiments to characterize protein, fats, starches, and their functionality in plant-based foods.
  • Identify new ingredient attributes that would solve technical challenges in current and future products.
  • Work cross-functionally across R&D to identify areas for investment to further our understanding of ingredients
  • Lead multiple projects and adhere to fast timelines.
  • Establish a database for systematic data collection and archiving.
Position Requirements:
  • Ph.D. in Food Science, Biochemistry, Material Science, Chemistry, or similar field
  • 10+ years in Applied Research or Development
  • 5+ years of experience managing a team
  • Proven track record of innovative research and development projects.
  • A passion to create new insights into ingredients which enable products that meet consumers needs.
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.

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