Sr. Scientist - Microbiology/Physiology

Employer
Motif FoodWorks, Inc.
Location
Boston, Massachusetts, US
Salary
Competitive
Posted
Aug 05, 2021
Closes
Sep 02, 2021
Ref
2361835557
Discipline
Biology
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
Salary
About Motif

Motif FoodWorks is a food-technology company working to make plant-based foods better tasting, more nutritious and so desirable that people actually crave them. The company's mission is to unleash the promise of plant-based foods by taking a new, holistic approach to ingredient development that combines science and technology - merged with sensory fundamentals - to reveal totally new answers. By radically changing our understanding of plant-based food, Motif will enable crave-worthy products that exceed taste and experience expectations, unlocking benefits for everyone and our planet.

About the role

Ready to be part of something really big? We are looking for a highly motivated Sr. Scientist - Microbiology/Physiology to contribute on all aspects of microbial fermentation optimization, strain physiology studies, and process development for protein fermentation, extraction, separation and purification.

The ideal candidate will be self-directed, highly collaborative and enjoy working with a team in a fast-paced startup environment, while bringing his/her experience, expertise and innovative ideas.

Responsibilities
  • Design, lead and conduct studies aimed at improving fermentation metrics through application of physiological principles and data analysis, while aligning the process conditions with the constraints of large-scale manufacturing.
  • Conduct bench scale fermentation and microbial experiment in lab for strain evaluations and protocol development.
  • Support project leads to design and conduct studies aimed at improving processing metrics for intracellular and secretion products, including fermentation and DSP areas
  • Support technical transfer between lab, pilot and manufacture facilities.
  • Contribute to continuous improvement efforts on production optimization and process development.
  • Communicate outcomes of studies, recommendations, and next steps to R&D Leadership.

Requirements
  • PhD with 3+ years of experience.
  • Field of study: Microbiology, Physiology, Biological Engineering, or related areas.
  • Experience in aerobic microbial fermentation and metabolic pathway studies is required.
  • Pilot or plant experience with protein fermentation and purification is helpful.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with both technical and non-technical personnel.

Leadership Capabilities
  • Highly motivated, excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills, and able to multitask in a fast-paced environment with changing priorities
  • Demonstrate a high degree of dedication and ownership of research projects
  • Proven ability to work independently and effectively plan and organize work activities and prioritize task completion to meet schedules and deadlines
  • Hands-on approach, willingness to be tenacious, dive into details to help support and improve projects
  • Excellent analytical, reasoning and problem-solving skills

Culture Fit & Impact
  • Understands how to work in a rapidly growing start-up
  • Able to deal effectively with ambiguity and changing priorities
  • Thrives under pressure and desires to learn and grow
  • Mission-driven and interested in transforming the food industry

Travel

Must be willing to travel up to 20% of time when necessary

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