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Fermentation Scientist (m/f/x) @ Alternative Protein Venture

Germany, Sachsen, LeipzigPortfolio Company

Job description

About the Venture: 

We are looking for a Fermentation Scientist to join us in harnessing the power of fermentation technology to create alternative proteins. This is an opportunity to create practical solutions to some of the biggest problems facing our world: protecting ecosystems, climate change, and meeting the world’s growing protein requirement. Join us to help shape the future of the global food system!

Who we are:

We are a newly-founded biotech company on a mission to unlock the potential of fermentation to revolutionise the way the world interacts with our environment. We are creating the next generation of protein alternatives.

Our team is united by a shared passion for our mission, combining scientific and business skill sets to create a fast-paced and collaborative culture! We are backed by one of Europe’s leading food-tech and sustainability VC investors. We are based in Berlin and Leipzig.

Our core beliefs:

  • We believe that innovation and the practical application of cutting-edge science is the only way to protect our ecosystems, combat climate change, and meet the world’s growing demand for protein.

  • We believe that a mission-focused team, and a collaborative, idea meritocracy is the most effective way to drive innovation and achieve our objectives.

  • We believe that to succeed, alternative protein products need to be tasty, healthy, sustainable, and affordable.


The role:

You will work with our scientific co-founder to develop and innovate our fermentation process for creating protein alternatives that people and the environment will love. You will be the first key hire in our scientific team with exciting opportunities to play a pivotal role in shaping our company. You will have the opportunity to develop our upstream and downstream processes, and grow and learn alongside our company.

Your main tasks:

  • Design, plan, and execute fermentation experimental work at bench and pilot scale bioreactors

  • Data acquisition, processing, and analysis of bioprocess data

  • Support the team in the scale-up effort of the upstream bioprocess and develop intangible assets e.g. patents

  • Support planning for further lab expansion and project requirements

  • Engineer new reactors to improve the growth of strains through fermentation

Job requirements

What you need to succeed in this role:

Required skills and experience

  • A passion for our core mission

  • PhD or equivalent, and/or M.Sc. (with relevant industry experience) in: Biotechnology, Microbiology, Chemical engineering, Bioprocess engineering, Food Science or Engineering, or similar field

  • Proven experience in fungi biotechnology:
    • Designing high-quality experiments, including data analysis

    • Fermentation-related R&D in a wet and sterile lab environment (lab-bench and pilot bioreactors)

    • Working with bioreactor bioprocesses using liquid or solid state fermentation, including bioprocess data generation and analysis

    • Outstanding understanding of fermentation bioprocess data

  • Experienced in physical-chemical methods to analyze solid and liquid samples as well as familiarity using GC and HPLC

  • Confident managing and analyzing big datasets with R, phyton, Matlab or similar


Additional skills/qualities that will be useful/preferred:


  • Hands-on and proactive mindset, with strong problem-solving skills

  • Confidence to drive workstreams independently in a fast-paced and challenging environment

  • Excellent communication skills in English (German is not required, but is a plus)

  • Experience valorizing side-streams from the food or related industries

  • Skilled in mass balance analysis or bioprocess modelling skills


Please apply if you want to play a key role in the development and scale-up of cutting-edge solutions to global problems in a fun, intellectually challenging, and fast-paced environment! We will review applications on a rolling basis. We commit to unbiased assessment. We value ​​diversity and we actively commit to equal opportunities for all employees, regardless of their gender, origin, religion, ideology, disability, age, or sexual identity.


If you have any questions about this role, or would like to chat about future opportunities with us, please reach out to our co-founders: Washington: washington@foodlabs.de, Zac

You won’t see our company name here as we are currently in ‘stealth mode’. Our focus is on developing our tech, rather than building a brand and public image at this stage!





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