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Research Associate - Extrusion

Impossible Foods
Portola Valley, California, US
Closing date
May 30, 2022

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
Climate Change
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Employment Type
Full time
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Impossible Foods was founded to transform the global food system and reduce the impact of climate change by making the world's most delicious, nutritious, and sustainable meat, fish, and dairy - from plants.

Through the revolutionary work of our world-class R&D team, we're 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 negative environmental or public health impact.

Our flagship product, Impossible™ Burger, uses 96% less land, 87% less water and generates 89% less greenhouse gas emissions than conventional beef from cows. And the burger is just the beginning. We're working on recreating every animal product, from chicken to fish, with plant-based ingredients that are vastly better for people and the planet.

Impossible Foods has experienced spectacular growth over the last few years, and we continue to lead all aspects of the plant-based revolution - from discovery and innovation to commercial production and consumer education. We're building an amazing team of brilliant, collaborative, mission-driven individuals who take pride in using their diverse skills to contribute to a better world. Our core values include leading with heart, thinking like scientists, and doing the right thing, and our employees embody these attributes in their work every day.

Want to join the movement? You can help us solve the most urgent, important challenge facing the world today (and have fun doing it). Check out our job opening below:

As a Research Associate on the Extrusion team, you will work with teammates to produce and evaluate textured plant proteins for novel products. Conduct trials, operate process equipment in compliance with food safety, HACCP, GMP, and EH&S. Complete routine characterization and product evaluations. Regularly exchange information with teammates in functional areas, sometimes present information with cross-functional teams as needed.

You Will:
    • Support texturization lab and pilot trials to make food-grade products, including maintaining ingredient inventory, in-line sampling and post trial product evaluation.
    • Develop and support physical characterization to describe material properties and how they relate to product perception.
    • Conduct sensory evaluations including informal benchtops evaluations to consumer testing, present findings at team meetings regularly.
    • Write standard operating procedures (SOPs), organize data, and document trial results.
    • Maintain a clean, sanitary, organized, and safe food texturization workplace in accordance with 5S standards.
    • Communicates all questions, comments, and concerns to teammates and manager, adheres to all documentation requirements, takes responsibility and ownership over individual and team assignments.
    • Displays strong work ethic, actively builds a positive working environment for others, actively promotes GMP and safety best practices, supports cross-functional teams as needed.
    • Demonstrate knowledge in the use of basic lab techniques and computer knowledge.

    You Have:
      • BS Food Science, chemistry, material science or related fields.
      • 1+ years of food or related industry experience or relevant laboratory experience.
      • Good working knowledge of Google Suite.
      • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds and stand for prolonged periods of time.

      At Impossible Foods, safety is our priority. Our obligation to our employees (and their families and communities) includes providing a fully vaccinated workplace. It is widely recognized that vaccination is by far the safest and most effective tool for protecting ourselves and our community against the spread of Covid-19. For the sake of our employees, their families, and communities, Impossible Foods will require vaccination by February 1, 2022 for all US-based employees who are on-site at one of IF's facilities or co-manufacturing facilities; are in a position that requires them to be in person with co-workers, customers, clients, or contractors; or are traveling on behalf of the Company, including attending any in-person Company-sponsored event.

      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.

      Depending on your location, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) may regulate the way we manage the data of job applicants. Our full notice outlining how data will be processed as part of the application procedure for applicable locations is available here: . By submitting your application, you are agreeing to our use and processing of your data as required.

      If the ability to work remotely is indicated, this role can be performed from any US state except for Alaska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Hawaii, and Wisconsin.
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