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Co-Founder & Chief Scientific Officer (m/f/x) @ BioTech Venture

Germany, Berlin, BerlinFounder & Entrepreneurs in Residence

Job description


We are an early-stage precision fermentation start-up on a mission to kick off the next great bio-industrial revolution. We want to prove that there is a different way to do things by applying recent scientific advances in microbiology to develop an intelligent, sustainable & healthier approach to the production of raw materials.


As Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer (CSO), you will participate in building a next generation biotech venture that positively impacts the planet and its people. As a core member of the founding team and together with the CEO, you will play a central role in setting up the company’s strategy and objectives. Leveraging your scientific expertise, you will be responsible for hiring top scientific talent, leading the R&D team and co-developing the scientific and technical vision of the company.

  • Design, implement and manage our strain development and fermentation research program using non-conventional microbes

  • Building our internal capabilities aligned with the venture’s objectives, including setting up and managing our lab as well as coordinating with external partners

  • Build and oversee a multidisciplinary team of scientists and engineers to discover, develop and commercialize the bioprocess

  • Work closely with our technology team to develop analytical tools and research infrastructure

  • Lead partnerships and interact with external stakeholders such as academic institutions or contract laboratories

  • Work closely with regulators to ensure a successful go-to-market strategy from a scientific perspective


  • You want to take your scientific background to the next level and build your own company with VC backing

  • Exciting opportunity to take on a management position in a striving start-up that wants to achieve societal and environmental impact

  • Mentoring and advisory from our network of scientific & tech-savvy founders

  • Strive in an independent but cooperative work environment while doing what you love

  • Competitive company share participation, which means a high upside potential

  • Free office space in our amazing office in Berlin Mitte (incl. rooftop terrace)

Job requirements


  • PhD in Biotechnology, Molecular Biology, Bioprocess Engineering, Biochemistry, or related disciplines

  • A track record of achievements & experience in microbial biotechnology

  • Experience leading scientific teams successfully

  • Prior experience in the field of microbial metabolism, metabolic engineering, and synthetic biology

  • Strong entrepreneurial passion to build a next generation biotech venture

  • A passion for food, health, nutrition, and sustainability

  • Strong hands-on attitude and willingness to take on various tasks, including outside your field of expertise

  • Strong oral and written communication skills in English, German knowledge is of advantage but not a must

  • Integrity, self-motivation, a proactive, execution-oriented mindset