Senior Research Associate on Proteomics - Impossible Foods, Redwood City, CA

Senior Research Associate on Proteomics - Impossible Foods, Redwood City, CA Yiming Chen  2021-02-04

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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:

We are inviting an experienced researcher with broad knowledge of proteomics and mass spectrometry to join the Discovery Team at Impossible Foods at Redwood City, CA. We are looking for a top-tier scientist to design and perform high-throughput proteomics experiments, and to develop in-house protein analysis platforms. Alongside your R&D team members you will collaboratively tackle some of the hardest challenges at the frontier of food science and biotechnology.

You Will:

  • Use your knowledge in analytical chemistry and biology to design and perform high-throughput quantitative proteomics experiments.
  • Develop new analytical methods for mass spectrometry-based protein analysis, including but not limited to bottom-up proteomics, top-down proteomics, targeted proteomics, PTM characterization, peptide mapping, intact protein MS, native MS.
  • Collaborate with other researchers on the projects in different fields including microbiology, downstream processing, materials and texture, nutrition, food science, legal and regulation.
  • Performing MS data processing and statistical analysis with various software packages.

You Have:

  • Ph. D./M. S., or equivalent, in chemistry, biology, or related fields.
  • Strong oral and written communications skills.
  • Abilities to work efficiently with diverse and dynamic teams.
  • A self-motivated personality and an “can-do” attitude are required for success.
  • Good hands-on abilities. Good observer and recorder.
  • Avid data analyst.
  • Extensive hands-on experience on proteomics sample preparation, including but not limited to: sample homogenization, protein extraction, proteolytic digestion, peptide fractionation.
  • Extensive experience and knowledge on using LC-MS systems, preferably Thermo Orbitrap series instruments.
  • Experiences in data processing with programming languages such as Python or R are strongly preferred, especially on pipeline & workflow development and web frameworks.

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.