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Lead Fermentation Microbiology Scientist

Atomo Coffee
Seattle, Washington, US
Closing date
Jan 25, 2022

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Consultancy/Private Sector
Conservation science
Biology, Climate Change
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About Atomo

Atomo is a cutting-edge, Seattle-based, food-tech startup confronting the climate crisis by reinventing coffee for tomorrow. Founded in 2019, with offices in the heart of Seattle, Atomo is a place for innovative, creative, committed people to come together, learn from one another and leave this planet better than we found it. We have already reverse-engineered the coffee bean-producing outstanding cold brew coffee with over 90% reduction in both water and carbon footprints-and have even bigger plans for the future. Join us to help shape the future of coffee!

Core Values

At Atomo we believe that everyone has a critical role to play in how we change the future. We believe in Empowering Innovation through continuous learning while also honoring coffee traditions. We believe in being Stewards to the Planet by leading through example in everything we do and putting the planet over profits. We believe in Building Community by fostering an environment of psychological safety and always striving for a team of "we". And we are committed to delivering an exceptional product and experience, every single time.

Job Description:

Atomo is currently seeking an experienced fermentation scientist. You are an expert in your field, well-versed in fermentation science and microbial physiology and understand the importance and excitement of working in a start-up environment, which includes wearing many hats and being flexible with timelines and direction.

As a critical member of the Innovation team, you will bring an eager entrepreneurial spirit to the table, driving cutting edge innovation, as well as be highly collaborative across projects. In this role, you will design and equip the laboratory, and also interact with the members of the Innovation team in selection of raw material biomass and strains, as well as optimization of fermentation conditions.

The Fermentation Scientist will report to the Head of Innovation and Head of R&D.

What You'll Do:
  • Develop microbial processes to create or enhance Atomo bean-less coffee
  • Establish parameters for optimal growth, environmental stewardship, succession and flavor compound production for bacteria, yeasts & molds for bean-less coffee production
  • Microorganism selection, propagation and management of strain fidelity
  • Design and analyze fermentation experiments
  • Maximize understanding of interactions between bacterial, yeast & mold populations in proprietary fermentations
  • Define factors stimulating & suppressing the growth of bacteria, yeast & fungi present in proprietary fermentations
  • Conduct microbial identification utilizing in-house & external resources
  • Support toxicology studies and technology scaleup
  • Assist with the development of the QC program for industrial fermentation processes
  • Collaborate with QC team and fellow product development scientists to ensure that experiments are designed and executed effectively
  • Maintain individual and co-worker safety as the highest priority by supporting and reinforcing procedures and policies

Skills and Qualifications:
  • MS + 4 years or Ph.D. + 2 years in microbiology, molecular biology or related field required with relevant experience and key knowledge of microbial fermentation
  • Experience designing and analyzing microbial fermentation experiments
  • Experience scaling fermentation processes from lab to industrial scale strongly preferred
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills are an essential characteristic of a successful candidate due to the highly collaborative nature of the position
  • Ability to work well in a fast-paced environment and balance multiple projects
  • Strong organization, problem-solving, and quantitative analysis skills are critical
  • Ability to deliver clear, compelling, and effective technical presentations to colleagues and stakeholders

?Additional Details:

Pay Range: $100-$125k + Equity

Benefits: Full medical, dental, vision and life insurance.
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