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Product Development Scientist

Memphis Meats, Berkeley, CA

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About us

At the forefront of farming and food, Memphis Meats is innovating new ways to produce real meat, without the need to breed, feed and slaughter animals. Our process begins with an animal cell, which is cultivated and harvested as meat. Memphis Meats is a mission-driven company focused on bringing to meat lovers an authentic product that is truly humane, sustainably produced, nutritious and delicious! We are now expanding our team of dedicated professionals across disciplines to make better meat for a better world.


About this Job

The Product Development Scientist will lead the  culinary and science-focused work  to produce world-class, delicious cell-based meat products at scale, safely. This person will lead a data-driven and creative pursuit of quality through food product identification and characterization development. This person should have demonstrable expertise in regulatory-compliant pipeline development of meat, poultry, or seafood products from the kitchen through scaled manufacturing while possessing a keen understanding of the of the culinary arts. Formal training and expertise in food, meat, & nutrition sciences or molecular biology are desired, but not required.

Duties Include

  • Lead the bench-to-pilot commercialization product development work to ensure appropriate processes are applied to cell-based meat food product commercialization  
  • Partner with the research and development team to create meat food products, formulations, preparations, and form factors 
  • Assist and partner with the Process Development Division to ensure product scale up is safe and expedient
  • Establish and maintain quality and food safety standards for consumer-level product production 
  • Work collaboratively with product development and business teams to meet multiple, complex project deadlines
  • Communicate status, risks, and opportunities on product development projects to senior leadership
  • Partner  development and characterization of new meat, poultry, or seafood products in compliance with local, state, and Federal regulatory requirements
  • Scientific diligence, analysis, and evaluation for product development approaches, including benchwork and sensory evaluation
  • Develop and maintain external culinary professionals partnerships

About You

  • Broad working knowledge of food product development including developing and managing product formulation, stability testing, packaging development, quality control testing, scale-up, ingredient supplier networks, nutrition labeling requirements, texture analysis, and sensory testing.
  • 5+ years experience taking CPG food products through development to commercialization
  • MS or PhD in food science or other applicable field, or equivalent experience
  • Expertise in muscle, meat, and flavor science or a domain-expertise in food texture design
  • Demonstrated ability to lead multiple complex projects, synthesize results, and routinely and effectively communicate key recommendations to leadership
  • Can-do attitude, full of integrity, excited to work under our Big Tent
Memphis Meats is an equal opportunity employer and we value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

About Memphis Meats

We love meat. It is core to so many of our cultures and traditions. Global demand for meat is projected to double in the coming decades, so we're working to bring meat to the plate in a sustainable, healthy way that is good for people, animals and the planet. That's why we started Memphis Meats. We are developing a way to produce real meat directly from animal cells, using far less land, water, and energy than conventional meat production. We have produced beef, chicken and duck, and we are cooking up a number of other delicious products. Our goal: Better Meat, Better World.

Memphis Meats

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