Want to help solve the greatest challenge humanity has ever faced by joining the most exciting and important endeavor in the world today? Then Impossible Foods is the place for you.
People around the world love to eat meat, fish, and dairy products and demand is growing faster than the world’s population. At the same time, the system we use to produce these foods is destroying the planet. Animal farming is responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than the entire transportation sector; occupies almost half of Earth’s ice-free land; consumes and pollutes more of the world’s dwindling supply of fresh water than any other industry; and is by far the leading threat to biodiversity.
Impossible Foods was founded 5 years ago to solve this dilemma by inventing an efficient, sustainable way to transform plants into irresistibly delicious, nutritious meat, fish and dairy foods that deliver all the pleasures and nutritional benefits consumers demand without the destructive environmental impact. Our first products will appear in the market in 2016.
We’re looking for the very best scientists, engineers, food developers, and business professionals in the world to join our collegial, multi-talented, mission-driven, creative, diverse and fun-loving team in creating a secure and sustainable food system for the future. Come work with us to change the course of history.
Core Functions And Responsibilities
This person is a key contributor to our food product sensory program. Core responsibilities are setting up and running of sensory tests and taste panels of meat and dairy analog products. Data generated will be used to inform product, process, and package design, and product quality.
- Screen, train, and schedule sensory panelists
- Prepare samples for training panelists and for sensory and consumer testing
- Write standard operating procedures, organize data, and document test results
- Assist in sensory method development and test designs
- Maintain stocks of food components, ingredients, and supplies
- Ensure lab cleanliness, safety, and organization to support the broader team
- Support teams to produce product for sensory and consumer testing
- Other duties as assigned
- No immediate supervisory responsibilities.
Education and/or Experience
- S. degree in Food Science, Biology, Chemistry, or a related field
- 1 - 3 years work experience in a laboratory
- Enthusiasm for science, and self-motivated to make significant contributions in a team environment
Skills & Abilities
- Demonstrated data collection and experiment reporting skills
- Comfortable with experimental design, data interpretation, and presentation
- Must have excellent communication skills, interpersonal skills, and collaborative mindset
- Must be able to manage multiple tasks concurrently
- Ability to independently troubleshoot issues and provide training when applicable
- Must be a self-starter who can work independently and within a team environment
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to walk; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, and ability to adjust focus.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. There are typically between 10-20 employees in the lab at any given time. Proper PPE is provided for employees entering the lab or pilot plant. Time will be split between sensory testing facilities, laboratory and deskwork.