Senior Scientist-Biopolymers-Polysaccharides

  • Impossible Foods
  • Redwood City, CA
  • Oct 03, 2020

Job Description

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:

You Will:

  • Lead: define, discuss, critically evaluate and revise conceptual questions for this effort;
  • Help define targeted “food activities” that we need biopolymers to deliver;
  • Identify polysaccharides that create targeted structures or activities;
  • Define mechanism(s) that explain why selected biopolymers meet our targets;
  • Collaborate broadly and rapidly in response to new information, particularly with others in the Biopolymers group;
  • Aggregate, contextualize and summarize data. We are deeply committed to transparency, accessibility, accurate communication and the proper deployment of caveats.
  • Invent. Impossible Foods has built a new arena for its ingredients and products that your discoveries will support.

You Have:

  • PhD in biochemistry, biophysics or related fields;
  • A deep interest in understanding biophysical and biochemical mechanisms underlying textural transitions and other food activities by polysaccharides, as well as the general principles that drive them;
  • A drive to push into new and exciting intellectual areas while synthesizing and revising models; 
  • Relatedly, the ability to keep our mission top-of-mind while zooming into and back out of details and reshuffling priorities as we learn;
  • The aim to communicate clearly and to continually improve the visual display of quantitative information;
  • Perseverance. Our work is meaningful, highly innovative and fascinating - but not always straightforward;
  • Ability to wrangle, interpret and communicate data from previous work, our team and existing literature.

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.

Organization Type



Food & Agriculture

Drawdown Solutions

Plant-Rich Diets

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