Scientist, Fungal Fermentation
Company: The Better Meat Co.
Location: West Sacramento
Posted on: January 12, 2022
The Better Meat Co. (BMC) is a sustainable food tech startup
based in Sacramento, California. Well-funded and partnered with
major food companies like Hormel Foods, we've built and are
operating North America's largest mycelium biomass fermentation
facility, advancing our patented technology to create the most
sustainable food future for our planet.
Under the direction of the Senior Director of Research, the Fungal
Fermentation Scientist will be responsible for improving
fermentation processes at the bench scale, and in coordination with
the plant scale. As a Fermentation Scientist, you will play a lead
role in tackling key challenges in producing a novel food product.
You will be a subject matter expert in fungal physiology, growth,
and metabolism, and drive the development and optimization of
traditional and non-traditional fermentation technology and
Promote scientific and data-driven approaches to pose research
questions, solve problems and troubleshoot processes.
Identify avenues for improvements of fungi and fermentation
parameters to drive growth, protein production, and desired
Design and execute experiments firsthand focused on fungal
morphology, physiology, growth optimization, and nutrient
Identify major inputs in fermentation processes that impact product
yield and quality. Including substrate components and preparation,
fermentation parameters, and downstream processes.
Prepare SOPs for fermentation and downstream processing.
Optimize fermentation pipelines by continually running analyses for
KPIs utilizing expertise, analytical equipment, and external
Qualifications and skills
M.Sc. or Ph.D. in microbiology, genetics, chemical engineering, or
a related field with 2+ years of experience in fungal fermentation
Microbial fermentation experience with bioreactors. Experience
working with filamentous fungi is highly preferred.
Highly versed in statistical-guided experimental design and
Skilled at employing software and statistical platforms for the
analysis of large data sets (e.g. JMP, Tableau, Spotfire, or R and
A proactive and innovative mindset coupled with an enthusiasm to
tweak, improve and optimize processes.
Comfortable working in a start-up environment and handling dynamic
priorities and timelines. A self-driven individual who desires the
fast pace and extreme collaboration of a young company.
Must provide proof of identification and eligibility to work in the
United States of America.
Work is primarily performed in a development lab setting. Work
environment is fast-paced with unique challenges faced daily.
Work requires the use of fine motor skills, standing for extended
periods of time, reaching and twisting motions and lifting 50
As part of the BMC team, you will have the opportunity to explore
innovative techniques, approaches and ideas combining the future of
food and sustainable agriculture. We can't wait to change the world
The Better Meat Co. 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.
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