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Principal Scientist - Texture Analytics

Company: Impossible Foods
Location: Redwood City
Posted on: February 14, 2021

Job Description:

Impossible Foods is addressing the most catastrophic threats facing humanity: climate change and biodiversity collapse. A global transition to a plant-based food system will turn back the clock on atmospheric CO2 levels, restore natural ecosystems and reverse meltdown in wildlife biomass. The easiest -- if not only -- way to make our civilization sustainable is to eliminate livestock, the most dangerous technology on Earth. But humans won't give up meat. So we need to make meat better -- more delicious and more nutritious, without animals as the underlying production technology. That means that making meat sustainably is the most important and urgent problem for the global scientific community. Impossible Foods' mission is to completely replace the use of animals as a food-production technology by offering consumers everything they currently value about animal products -- and making products that are vastly superior to their animal analogues. To do this, we are taking a revolutionary scientific and market-based approach. We are 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 destructive environmental or public health impact. Our world-class R&D team has been building the know-how and technology platform to produce meat, fish and dairy foods from plants. Impossible Foods is experiencing rapid growth and is resolutely committed to leading all aspects of the plant-based food revolution-from discovery to commercial production. The only thing that will separate Impossible Foods from success and failure is our ability to recruit more world-class experts. Want to join? Check out the job opening and requirements below: Impossible Foods is looking for an innovative, motivated and mission-aligned scientist who wants to do fundamental research in the area of food texture. The overarching goal of the Materials & Texture group is to build up an arsenal of plant-based materials that enable re-creation of any animal-based foods. We want to develop a deep quantitative understanding of food texture, look for a candidate who can envision and put in place a research program that connects mechanical and sensory aspects of texture measurements. Background in mechanical and/or sensory measurements is desirable but not necessary: any bright and driven scientist will be considered. We are looking for a person who can generate ideas, influence and drive them forward, rather than simply execute; someone who is a master of state-of-the-art, but can challenge existing paradigms and innovate rather than always opt for the tried-and-true. You Will:

  • Build out and lead the Texture Analytics program.
  • Spearhead research aimed at deeper understanding and better control of food texture.
  • Mentor and lead a group of scientists, engineers, research associates, and technicians working in the area of texture research. Closely collaborate with the sensory group.
  • Integrate method development and texture data collection across the company, develop new methods, and standardize existing ones.
  • Actively participate in creating new food prototypes leveraging deep understanding of food texture.
  • Develop and improve on data systems to store and retrieve texture analytics data. You Have:
    • PhD. in Material Science, Physics, Physical Chemistry, Chemistry, Biological or Chemical Engineering or any other relevant field. BS or MSc degrees will be considered given the evidence of PhD+ level of knowledge in the relevant areas.
    • Track record of publications and presentation indicative of high recognition of candidate's research in relevant areas by peers.--
    • Demonstrated ability to suggest novel ideas, articulate them clearly and design experiments testing these ideas.
    • Ability and desire to work effectively in a team, leading and mentoring research associates, collaborating effectively with fellow scientists and engineers, and setting an example of scientific excellence for the team.
    • Knowledge and experience of programming languages including SQL and/or Python, are nice to have. 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.

Keywords: Impossible Foods, Redwood City , Principal Scientist - Texture Analytics, Other , Redwood City, California

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