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 the role
As a critical member of the process development team, you will be operating at the interface between research teams and scale-up efforts; collaboration with several multidisciplinary teams including cell line and media development, data and automation, and pilot plant operations will be required. Given candidate cell lines and prototype feed processes, you will apply a combination of analytical methods and small-scale bioreactor systems to determine optimal cultivation processes and parameters. You will be expected to design, troubleshoot, and execute experiments independently while employing critical thinking and organizational skills. A portion of your effort will also be directed towards the design and validation of new experimental systems and assays. Your contributions in this role will advance business-critical technical and scientific knowledge, accelerating the progression of cell-based meats to large-scale manufacturing and to market.
Routine cell culture
Design and execution of small-scale perfusion bioreactor experiments
Troubleshooting and creative implementation of improvements
Design and validation of new scaled-down model platforms
Validation of assay methods for detection of tissue culture parameters/biomarkers
Characterization of candidate cell lines with respect to process variables
Numerical modeling of transport and cultivation processes
Process documentation and transfer to bioreactor scale-up team members
Rigorous analysis of experimental data
Effective communication of results and significance
Collaboration and influence within and across teams
Support the growth and development of junior team members
PhD in chemical engineering or biomedical engineering, with minimum 3+ yrs of hands-on experience with animal cell culture
Demonstrated expertise with benchtop bioreactors and engineered tissues
Solid understanding of tissue engineering principles: cell signaling, heat and mass transport, fluid dynamics, shear and other mechanical effects
Prior experience with process transfer and scale-up preferred
Ability to establish priorities and work independently
High performance in a fast-paced, dynamic work environment
Flexible, creative, and clever in technical problem solving
Strong written, visual, and oral communication skills
Flexibility to work on weekends as needed
Excited to contribute to the knowledge base of a novel industry
Mission-aligned, strong desire to change the world
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.