Principal Scientist - Texture Analytics
Company: Impossible Foods
Location: Redwood City
Posted on: February 14, 2021
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
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