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Biochemist

Ab Foods

This is a Full-time position in San Marcos, CA posted December 17, 2019.

In a world with a continuously growing population and diminishing resources, efficient food production is critically important.

At Plantible, we are on a mission to create a truly sustainable global food system by inventing an efficient, sustainable way to transform plants into irresistibly delicious, nutritious food.

We do this by harnessing the power of the humble, but awe-inspiring lemna.

Being considered one of the world’s most sustainable and nutrient dense plants, lemna contains one of the most valuable proteins in the world; a protein that behaves just like an egg-white and casein, and has an amino acid profile that is comparable to whey.

That is why we at Plantible Foods are developing innovative technologies to cultivate the biomass and extract the valuable protein out of the crop.

We recently received funding from venture firms based in Silicon Valley and are now preparing for the commercial launch of the first truly sustainable and functional plant-based protein product.

OverviewWe are looking for a Protein Biochemist that wants to join our growing company.

This individual is responsible for the production and development of plant-based proteins, as well as other ingredients, from lemna.

As our Protein Biochemist, you will be working on the optimization of our current designed extraction technology as well as the identification of commercial applications of the extracted ingredients.

The Scientist is expected to initiate and complete routine procedures, troubleshoot scientific problems, and interpret the outcomes of experiments in an independent and efficient manner.PurposeRefine, optimize and scale our current extraction technology for the production of our functional plant-based protein from lemnaDesign and develop innovative processing methodologies to valorize the nutrients present in lemnaKey responsibilitiesOptimize existing purification processes to improve product yield and qualityDevelop analytical methods to assess the effectiveness and robustness of extraction processesDevelopment of unit operations from laboratory scale to commercial scale such as, centrifugation, homogenization, separation and filtration, drying and chromatographyPerform quality control testing, functional tests and standard protein characterization assaysConduct research in process modeling, simulation and optimization for biorefineriesDevelopment of protein production protocols geared towards high quality, robust and cost-effective extraction of plant-based proteinsKnowledge Skills and AbilitiesAbility to learn quickly, solve complex problems and have excellent data analysis/interpretation skillExcellent verbal and written communication and presentation skillsBeing a self-starter and able to respond creatively and simply to continuous change and steady growth environmentSeek out information, training, and other resources needed to facilitate continual professional development necessary to be successful in this positionThrive in a fast-paced environment where the primary focus is on simplification and optimizationAbility to work across geographies and cultures, international experience a plusRequisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications:MS or Ph.D.

in Food Science, Biochemistry, or Chemical ScienceExperience in protein production and purification in an industrial settingStrong technical background and direct hands-on experience with downstream processing unit operations such as preparative chromatography, centrifugation, homogenization, separation and filtration technologies, drying technologies etc.Understanding of engineering issues involved in scale up and possesses both practical and analytical skills to implement relevant scale down modelsSound understanding of protein biochemistryGMP manufacturing experience and/or understanding is a mustWhy Plantible Foods:Becoming part of Plantible means contributing to sustainable future for all.

We make sure that we not only spread happiness amongst our employees, but also to current and future generations.

We believe diversity creates uniqueness.

Our diverse international team of highly talented people has different interests and hobbies and we support them all.

Additional Plantible benefits:a BBQ-worthy gardenWorking in a young, flexible and entrepreneurial environmentBi-weekly Friday drinks and social eventsAnd of course, lots of beautiful land to practice any outdoor activity you can imagine!Plantible Foods is an equal employment opportunity employer.

Candidates are considered for employment without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, ancestry, veteran status, marital status, gender identify, sexual orientation, national origin, liability for military service, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

If you are interested in learning the status of your application, please note you will be contacted directly by the appropriate human resources contact person if you are selected for further consideration.

Plantible Foods reserves the right to defer or close a vacancy at any time