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Food Research Scientist

Vow

Vow

Sydney, NSW, Australia
Posted on Tuesday, June 4, 2024

About us

Vow is a food company - a very different one. We’re creating real meat products from animal cells instead of the animal itself.

As one of the most innovative and mature cultured meat companies in the world-– one of only three to achieve regulatory approval in any jurisdiction – we are at the forefront of the protein revolution.

As a next step in our rapid expansion, we’re bringing together cutting-edge innovations in science, engineering, culinary and design to make sustainable food that’s both irresistible and available to billions of people worldwide.

The role:

As a Food Research Scientist at Vow, you will leverage your deep understanding of food science to help us create meat that meat eaters choose selfishly.

In particular, you will drive application-driven research underpinning our ability to control the texture, flavor, and overall sensory experience of our products.

You will:

  • Drive early-stage research activities intended to build foundational product knowledge in materials, ingredients, formulation science, food processing and breakthrough technologies with a focus on textured meat products using cultured cells
  • Partner with cross-functional teams including biologists, engineers, and culinary experts to drive product innovation and development
  • Apply your deep understanding of functional ingredients and advanced processing techniques to enhance food texture
  • Develop innovative concepts, prototypes, and/or formulations that can be integrated into a range of delicious foods destined for Michelin-star restaurants, health-conscious consumers and eventually the supermarket.
  • Design and execute experiments to evaluate and validate new processing methods and ingredients.
  • Stay up-to-date on the latest advancements in food science and technology, leveraging emerging trends to enhance product quality and efficiency.
  • Contribute to intellectual property development through patent applications and publications.

The experience/skills you will bring:

  • A degree in a relevant scientific discipline, preferably a master's or PhD, with a focus on Materials Science, Food Science, or a related field
  • Proven track record of innovation and problem-solving in a research or industrial setting.
  • 3+ years experience in food science R&D, either in industry or academic research
  • Strong understanding of food chemistry, texture modification, and sensory analysis.
  • Demonstrated expertise in manipulating the structure of foods both through ingredient manipulation and processing techniques.
  • Demonstrated experience in the characterisation of food ingredients and formulations, (e.g. microscopy, texture analysis rheology etc) and the ability to correlate that analysis to the sensory experience
  • Proficiency in experimental design, data analysis, and statistical methods.
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to effectively collaborate within a multidisciplinary team.
  • A commitment to driving positive change in the food industry.

What success looks like:

  • Within 3 months you will have made substantial contributions to an existing food research project by building subject matter expertise, running experiments and adding to the knowledgebase to demonstrate improved texture in a food prototype.
  • Within 6 months you will have characterized the use of a process new to Vow, demonstrating how it can be used to create irresistible products and how to control it to produce desirable variations. You will have established yourself as an invaluable member of the team that brings unique perspectives and knowledge to producing products with better taste and texture.
  • Within 12 months you will have a pipeline of new ingredients and processes to explore, operating multiple of each through different levels of our development cycle. You will be researching and establishing new areas of knowledge unique to Vow.

VOW, MORE THAN JUST A JOB.

Who we are and why join:

  • We are building a diverse, mission-led dream team of “Vowzers.” Our mission is to make food products for everyone. To do that well we need a workforce that’s representative of the people we serve. We celebrate multiple approaches and points of view - so we’re building a culture to match. Be yourself and come as you are.
  • Work on cutting-edge technology. We’re bringing together cutting-edge innovations in science, engineering, and food, to recreate the world’s most tantalising and unique culinary experiences. All without compromising on ethics or our planet along the way. Since our inception in 2019, we have held the title of being the first startup to cultivate meat from the cells of an undomesticated animal, and have served up our exotic meats ranging from kangaroo dumplings to alpaca sliders in tastings with world-renowned chefs.
  • Work with and learn from the best. Our team includes some of the world’s top scientists, innovators, operators, and creatives with decades of industry experience. Despite our experiences though, we all strive to build, break, learn, and repeat. We see the impossible as temporary and strive to learn and support our company and fellow Vowzers' growth as much as possible.
  • We’re fully funded and ready to go. We are a growing Aussie biotech start-up backed by Blackbird Ventures, Square Peg Capital, Grok Ventures, Tenacious Ventures, P7 Ventures, Toyota Ventures, and PeakBridge VC.

Vow perks and benefits:

  • Everyone is an owner. In addition to competitive base salaries, each and every ‘Vowzer’ owns equity in the company so we can all benefit from our hard work and future success.
  • Generous paid parental leave. We offer 8 weeks of paid caregiver leave and an additional 8 weeks paid leave for the birth giver.
  • Generous relocation budget & support. Support for interstate or overseas team members and their families (including pets!)
  • Flexible working hours and location. We value work-life balance. While we’re mostly back in the office, you’re free to choose the best way for you to work.
  • Unlimited personal leave. At Vow we recognise that sometimes you need time off to recuperate, look after your mental health, or simply deal with an emergency. We put unlimited personal leave in place to empower you to truly bring your best self to work every single day and you are always paid for days taken off as personal leave.
  • Heaps of tasty samples from our culinary centre. Our fantastic "food inventors" on the Vow team are always cooking up new product prototypes, and all Vowzers are given the opportunity to taste, give feedback, and learn from their culinary prowess.
  • An awesome converted warehouse “campus” in Alexandria. Complete with a glass-walled lab, manufacturing line, free snacks, a culinary centre, and professional-grade coffee machine in our cafe, as well as a DIY workshop for all hands-on projects.
  • Human and dog friendly office! An inclusive community and culture, in a welcoming office, complete with friendly “Vowzer” dogs!
  • A variety of social clubs. We encourage all our Vowzers to build the culture with us and share what you love by creating social clubs across the business. From book clubs to hiking groups, we’re always looking for ways to learn and engage with our team.