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 can...so 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!
This is a full-time Scientist position in the Innovation Team at Beyond Meat. The Scientist will use scientific principles and expertise, as well as a broad range of advanced technologies and industrial tools, for achieving company goals. The Scientist will conduct basic and applied research on soft matter and lipid technologies in the context of developing innovative plant-based foods, as well as contribute to all aspects of product development as needed by the Innovation Team. The Scientist will have a keen understanding and extensive hands-on experience with soft matter and lipids, and possess the ability to think beyond standard methods, independently innovate and clearly deliver results in a matrixed organization. A strong interest in food applications is a must. Successful applicant will be self-motivated, creative, resourceful, adaptable, team-oriented and results-oriented. Prior experience in soft matter and lipid science, lipid chemistry, plant lipids, colloidal science, soft matter coatings and their respective technological applications will be considered, with an emphasis on candidates that have done innovative empirical work in these fields. Post-doctoral and/or industrial experience is preferred but not required.
Support R&D team in attaining short-term and long-term development goals. Adapt to evolving scientific priorities and communicate findings with other members of the team.
Leverage internal and external technological capabilities to develop food products to respond to consumer needs, company goals 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, provide sensory feedback on prototypes, advise or take part in pilot scale trials as needed, establish/maintain databases, interpret results and make technical case for product feasibility.
Oversee or conduct research and development in the following areas: new ingredients development, new materials development, materials characterization, food characterization, colloids, lipid isolation and analysis, ingredient sourcing, microscopy and other scientific techniques of the field. Oversee or conduct product development testing that integrates new materials, ingredients and technologies.
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 supervisor or company officers in areas of technical 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.
Communicate and coordinate with vendors, collaborators and CMOs for transfer of ingredients, materials and information, while maintaining intellectual property and confidentiality as needed.
Provide general laboratory support, purchase equipment and supplies, and share in kitchen and laboratory maintenance.
Maintain a safe working environment.
Ph.D. degree in Materials Science, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Food Science, or a related field with a strong background in soft matter, materials chemistry and lipid sciences.
Minimum 5-year experience in academic or industrial research. Post-doctoral experience and/or industrial experience preferred.
Prior experience in soft matter and lipid science, lipid chemistry, plant (bio)materials, colloidal science, soft matter coatings and molecular- and macromolecular-level characterization of soft matter.
Understanding of food product development, food chemistry, instrumental analysis and analytical testing, and processes used in fat and food manufacturing. Some familiarity with food ingredient regulations is preferred, but not a requirement.
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, frequent laboratory work, communication-using computer and phone.
Work Environment: Laboratory, office and kitchen environments with some travel (10%).
Salary Commensurate with experience
Beyond Meat is an equal employment opportunity employer. Candidates are considered for employment without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, ancestry, veteran status, marital status, gender identify, sexual orientation, national origin, liability for military service, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. If you are interested in learning the status of your application, please note you will be contacted directly by the appropriate human resources contact person if you are selected for further consideration. Beyond Meat reserves the right to defer or close a vacancy at any time.