Process Associate I-II, Fermentation Engineering

Clara Foods
South San Francisco, California, US
Aug 04, 2021
Aug 07, 2021
Climate Change
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
Process Associate I-II, Fermentation Engineering

If you are…
  • ready to move past a traditional 9-5 and work towards moving the needle on the Earth's most existential threats of deforestation, mass extinctions, climate change, and food shortages
  • insanely hungry and entrepreneurial with no ego and a relentless work ethic
  • ready to change the course of history, push the frontier of science and do it alongside the most passionate, intelligent, and humble people you've ever met, then look no further.
  • This job isn't for the faint of heart. Join our team, own your destiny, and lead the world's transition to animal-free protein

Clara Foods is looking for a Process Associate who is passionate about changing the food space to join the Fermentation Engineering team. As a Process Associate, you will help implement novel upstream processes to improve recombinant protein production rate, titer, yield and purity. You will primarily be running bioreactors and gathering data to evaluate and optimize key fermentation process parameters. The ideal candidate has strong organization and communication skills and is comfortable working within a small, collaborative team.

Reports to: Senior Manager

Location: South San Francisco

FLSA status: Exempt, Full-Time

Role and Responsibilities:
  • Routine set up, operation, and take down of bioreactors
  • Collaborate on experimental design of fermentation experiments
  • Record and manage fermentation data in our laboratory database
  • Troubleshoot equipment and process issues and implement corrective actions
  • Apply creative problem solving to improve laboratory operations
  • Perform data analysis to understand the tradeoffs between process parameters and key performance indicators
  • Collaborate and communicate effectively with internal teams

  • B.S. in biology, microbiology, chemical engineering, or related field
  • 1-4 years of fermentation or cell culture laboratory experience
  • Familiarity with aseptic technique and microbiology lab equipment including biosafety cabinets, incubators, autoclaves, and plate readers
  • Technical knowledge of fermentation processes preferred
  • Experience with design of experiment, statistical analysis, and modeling preferred
  • Familiarity with data management and visualization with SQL and Tableau is a plus
  • Availability to work occasional weekend shifts
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States for Clara Foods

What Clara can offer:
  • Generous benefits package; 100% medical, dental, and vision employee coverage, 401k matching, and stock options
  • Optional benefits; FSA, HSA, Commuter, Pet Care, and additional life insurance
  • Flexible PTO
  • Free parking, unlimited gym access, lounge, mini-golf patio, yoga and fitness classes onsite
  • Unlimited supply of sparkling water, granola bars, snacks, local coffee and tea
  • Weekly themed happy hours and quarterly company outings
  • Monthly all-hands meetings and 1:1 with CEO and leadership
  • Close to South San Francisco BART and Cal Train stations, including free shuttle service

About Clara Foods™
Clara Foods™ is a Bay Area venture capital-backed company working towards a disruptive advance in food technology by producing animal proteins without the animal using fermentation. We join a new generation of entrepreneurs, activists and scientists who recognize that the decades-old factory farm model cannot sustain the dietary needs of 7 billion people and counting - and that technology may hold a solution.

Clara Foods™ aims to subvert this moral and economic deadlock by taking the animal out of the equation. We're bringing products to the table that are produced completely animal-free, use less land and water inputs, while matching the taste, nutritional value, and unique culinary properties of animal proteins.