Los Angeles, California

Company Description

At Beyond Meat, we started with two simple questions: why do you need an animal to create meat and why can't you build meat directly from plants? It turns out you we did! We make plant based meats that allow families to eat more, not less, of the traditional dishes they love, while feeling great about the health, sustainability, and animal welfare benefits of plant protein. Our goal is to bring exciting change to the plate and BEYOND!

Position Description

This is a full-time position reporting to the Director of Research and Development. The Research Scientist will use scientific principles and expertise, and a broad range of advanced technologies and industrial tools for achieving company goals. This successful, self-motivated, creative, team-oriented, resourceful, adaptable, and results-oriented individual will lead in their area of expertise to create and characterize macromolecular interactions with a specific emphasis on the chemistry, protein interactions, and solvation properties of plant yeast, bacterial and algal components. The Scientist will have a keen understanding and extensive hands-on experience with the ability to think beyond standard methods, independently lead and reach conclusions, and clearly deliver results within a matrixed organization.

Key Responsibilities

Support R&D team in attaining short-term and long-term development goals.  Adapt to evolving scientific priorities.

Leverage internal and external technology capabilities to develop products that match or exceed consumer needs and provide significant competitive advantage.

Utilize core research capabilities and know-how to develop new products and improve existing products
Develop product prototypes on the bench, conduct pilot and commercial scale trials, establish data and make technical case for product feasibility

Actively support the innovation stage gate process: brain storming and ideation sessions, concept development, concept screening, feasibility and commercialization

Build cross-functional support when appropriate and develop project plans to drive development and implementation

Continuously search for and vet advanced technologies that complement areas of strategic focus

Advise company officers in areas of scientific and process development expertise.

Provide written and verbal reports of research activities. Participate in R&D and larger company meetings.

Preserve all forms of intellectual and material property generated from the above activities, including: writing patents, writing protocols for novel processes.

Coordinate with vendors and CMOs for supply of plant and microbial ingredients.         

Oversee or conduct product formulations and analyses, reagent preparations, cell fractionation, gel electrophoresis, homogenization, sonication, dehydration, etc.

Provide general laboratory support, purchase equipment and supplies, and share in kitchen and laboratory maintenance.

Maintain a safe working environment.                                                                                                                       


Ph.D. degree in Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, Protein Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry, Biophysics or Molecular Biology.

Minimum 5-year experience in academic or industrial research.  Experience in food company ingredient and product development desirable but not required.


Prior experience with analytical chemistry, physical chemistry, protein chemistry, organic chemistry and/or reaction chemistry preferred.


Understanding of food product chemistry, analytical testing, formulation and processes used in food manufacturing desirable but not required.


Proven ability to combine scientific insight with strong technical skills and business acumen

Experience working in a matrix and highly collaborative team orientated environment

Excellent oral and written communication skills.  Fluent in English, both written and spoken.

Ability to manage multiple projects and priorities

Excellent analytical, organizational and multi-tasking skills, as well as the ability to interact and collaborate successfully with all levels and functional areas

Physical Demands: Frequent sitting at a desk, communication-using computer and phone.

Work Environment: Laboratory, office and kitchen environments with some travel (10%).

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