We are currently looking for a food scientist with a background in food science and hands-on experience in product development to join our product development team to assist with the development and commercialization of a coffee alternative. This position is responsible for collaborating with other teams to build the product from ideation through commercialization and associated support work under general supervision. You will have the opportunity to make an immediate impact on our core scientific understanding, initiate creative product and process development, and evolve into leadership roles. This is a full-time position, working 40 hours a week. This position reports to the Group leader within the department.
Explore and iterate on food ingredients to create unique formulas and products
Understand ingredient functionality and be able to formulate new coffee alternative products based on that knowledge.
Be willing to taste, roast coffees, brew, and learn the language to sensorily describe them!
Communicate with suppliers to source new ingredients and compile information to ensure compliance with food safety and quality requirements.
Analyze and organize ingredients, formulations, and processing information to facilitate efficient and accurate technology transfer
Understand and highlight the cause and effect of product/ingredient/process changes and identify effective solutions
Evaluate and propose alternate ingredients that may be used in existing formulas which can lead to a better product, sustainability, or cost savings
Collaborate with cross-functional teams (fermentation, synthetic biology) to incorporate ingredients and provide sensory feedback
Develop formulation trial plans
Conduct pilot plant testing, product evaluation, and troubleshooting to transition prototypes from benchtop to commercialization
Work with pilot equipment in-house; be willing to set up, test and devise procedures to use the equipment.
Collaborate with external copackers on product first-time scale-up, process feasibility, and adaptability
Collaborate with external labs to conduct physical/ chemical characterization and microbial safety of products from trials
Travel to copacker locations during scale-up trials
Degree in Food Science and Food related science (preferable), but also Engineering, Biotechnology or a related field
B.S. with 4-7 years or M.S. 2-4 years or PhD with 1-2 years od post-graduation experience in food product development or flavor lab
Food formulation and product development experience is a must
Process development and scale up experience is a plus
Candidate must possess a high level of technical aptitude, excellent communication, organization, and collaborative skills, and demonstrated ability to innovate, troubleshoot, and thrive in a dynamic cross-functional team environment
Ability to adapt to a rapidly changing environment
Maintain a high degree of accuracy and meticulous attention to detail
Capable of high performance in independent work and in a team setting
Strong desire to work in multi-disciplinary teams, learn new skills, and proactively solve problems