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Head of Protein Science

Company: UMARO Foods
Location: Berkeley
Posted on: January 8, 2022

Job Description:

Head of Protein Science

The planet is on fire and we'll need an ocean to quench it. At Trophic, we're building an entirely new food system that supports a wild and thriving planet - starting with the ocean. Rather than burning down the rainforests to grow soybeans to feed cattle, we're supporting forests underwater to create an entirely new protein source - protein from seaweed. Rather than growing protein in tiny bioreactors, the ocean is our bioreactor, and Trophic protein requires no land, no freshwater, and no fertilizer to grow. It's a superfood for people and the planet.

Protein from the ocean is the future of protein. It's inevitable that in the next few decades we'll be getting the majority of our protein from the ocean. -But we're not willing to wait - Trophic is starting now. We've developed a method to transform seaweed from plant to protein, and we've turned that protein into our first product - a delicious new plant-based bacon. Our plant-based bacon is being brought to market under our CPG brand UMARO Foods.

Trophic was co-founded by two experts in the seaweed cultivation and plant-based foods industries. We're funded by leading industry and impact investors who want to make a difference, and we're moving fast. -Our planet needs Trophic and Trophic needs you. -We need all hands on deck to make this a reality.

We're looking for a curious, motivated, and independent scientist to lead our R&D efforts to purify and characterize plant proteins from macroalgae, and to develop new methods to enhance their functionalities in novel foods.

What you'll do:
Plan, manage, execute protein research from bench to pilot scale to develop and improve novel methods for high yield protein extraction from a variety of seaweed species.
Evaluate fractionated proteins using analytical, textural, and sensory tests.
Develop methods to characterize protein functionality within model food systems.
Conduct data visualization and statistical analysis of experimental results, and interpret and communicate findings to non-scientists.
Collaborate with our process engineers to test and optimize protein processing methods at pilot scale.
Develop methods to separate and preserve functionality of seaweed proteins and hydrocolloids, and improve our understanding of their interactions in foods.
Serve as a subject matter expert in plant protein research and mentor and develop internal talent.
Participate and lead in-house and external partner collaborative projects.
What you'll bring:
A PhD in chemical engineering, biochemistry, protein chemistry, food science, chemistry, biology, or a related field. Alternatively, a master's degree in the above fields, with 3+ years of relevant industry experience.
Experience purifying and characterizing plant proteins and testing their use in food and beverage systems using analytical methods such as rheology, texture analysis, particle size, scanning microscopy, proteomics, CD/DSC, SDS-PAGE, etc.
A demonstrated ability to conceive original ideas, clearly articulate them, and design experiments to test them under tight timelines.
The ability to manage and organize multi-disciplinary projects and see them through from initial planning to execution and reporting
Effective and direct communication skills; ability to present research findings to both scientists and non-technical audiences
An 'all hands on deck' attitude to do whatever needs to be done alongside the rest of the team.
Bonus if you have:
Understanding of the structure-function properties of proteins, polysaccharides, and fats within complex systems such as hydrocolloids, emulsions, foams, and/or gels.
Experience with the application of physical, chemical, and enzymatic treatments for the enhancement of the functional properties of proteins, and knowledge of analytical methods to characterize these properties such as HPLC, GC-MS, and/or IC.
Experience evaluating the sensory properties of proteins and food products.
What we offer:
A competitive benefits package, a medical insurance reimbursement program, flexible PTO, opportunity to work in an exciting startup environment, and opportunities for rapid career development.
Our commitment:
Women and underrepresented groups strongly encouraged to apply. Trophic is an equal opportunity employer. We will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to sex, race, religion, color, national origin, disability status, preferred identity, or any other characteristics protected by law. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to demonstrate proof of eligibility to work in the United States, proof of identity, and to complete necessary eligibility verification forms upon hire.
To apply:
Send resume/CV to Amanda Stiles at

Keywords: UMARO Foods, Berkeley , Head of Protein Science, Other , Berkeley, California

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