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Lead Food Biotechnologist (Food Chemist) @ Early-Stage Alternativ Protein Venture

Germany, Berlin, BerlinPortfolio Company

Job description


Our vision is to accelerate the world’s transition to an environmentally sustainable, equitable, and animal-free food

system. Our mission is to create the next generation of meat alternatives, starting with whole-cut meat products grown naturally from fungal

mycelium. We aim to create better-than-meat products that deliver on the entire taste experience, nutrition, and price of traditional meat without compromise.

We are an early-stage venture founded in 2020 and the first European fungi-based meat alternative company focusing entirely on the whole-cut meat segment. After graduating from the IndieBio’s accelerator program in New York City, we are now opening our lab in Berlin, Germany.


We are looking for an experienced and mission-aligned scientist to join us as our Lead Food Biotechnologist / Food Chemist.
The core responsibility of this role is to research and develop innovative solutions to creating our whole-cut fungi-based meat alternatives. We are looking for someone with a proven track record in biology, chemistry, and (process) engineering in the area of
food technology, product development, and innovation. You will cross-functionally lead the creation of our products, guiding the team’s research, designing experiments, analyzing data, and engineering solutions. Overall, we are looking for a leader who can inspire, generate ideas, manage a team, and drive novel products forward.

Your tasks will include:

• Lead applied research projects to develop new, delicious, and nutritious fungi-based whole-cut meat alternatives.
• Lead the product development process from idea to benchtop, and further to mass-scale applications.
• Work in close relationships with internal and external R&D and multi-disciplinary teams.
• Research and develop new food technologies and product building blocks, including flavor & texture interactions.
• Design, conduct and analyze sensory and analytical experiments.
• Proactively collaborate cross-functionally and manage multiple projects that adhere to fast timelines.

• Work in our brand new lab in the center of Berlin (Prenzlauer Berg).
• Opportunity to join a dynamic and diverse mission-driven team with
sky-high ambitions to build the future of food!
• Chance to shape and co-create scientific strategy at an early-stage
• Last but not least, the opportunity to work in an innovative, high-impact environment with flexible working hours, minimal hierarchy, and endless growth opportunities!

Job requirements


• Degree in Food Chemistry, Food Biotechnology, Food Science or Engineering, or related experience.
• 2+ years of experience in food product development or food manufacturing, ideally has experience with meat-alternatives
• Ideally experience in fermentation technology
• Experience in process engineering.
• Strong background in bioanalytical technologies
• Creative and collaborative problem solver
• Excellent communications skills with the ability to link with internal and external stakeholders
• Growth mindset: Self-starter with the capacity to thrive in a fast-paced and challenging startup environment, doing what needs to be done for the business regardless of your title.
• English language skills required.

• Experience in converting filamentous fungi into meat-alternatives
• Experience in microbiology/mycology
• Experience in reaction flavor chemistry and/or making newly textured material is a plus.
• Experience with designing and conducting sensory testing is a plus.