Prime Roots – Food Science Technician

Prime Roots is on a mission to change the world by reimagining protein. Prime Roots’ foundational ingredient is koji: which has the potential to replicate the taste and texture of nearly any meat or seafood through a simple fermentation. The work of the team has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Fast Company, and Food & Wine. Prime Roots is headquartered in Berkeley, CA, and backed by the same investors behind Blue Bottle Coffee and Sweetgreen.
We are seeking a Food Science Technician to join our team! In this hands-on role, you will work side by side with our food science team, and support both production scale-up and new product development of new plant-based meat and meal products. You will play a critical role in formulating and scaling our products for commercialization. From researching new concepts through creating recipes and ensuring seamless execution and in production, you will be able to see your work come to life! The ideal candidate should be passionate about creating delicious, meaty, better-for-the-planet options for plant-based and flexitarian eaters alike. This role is based at our HQ in Berkeley, CA.

What you’ll do:

    • Assist with full product lifecycle processes, from formulation to scaleup, while ensuring product quality and safety standards are followed and upheld
    • Manage sensory tasting and sampling events (both internally and with external focus panels) including setup, takedown, analysis, and presentation of results
    • Test samples, create new recipes, and troubleshoot/modify formulas to meet quality and nutrition standards
    • Conduct testing of products qualitatively and quantitatively on multiple factors, including shelf life, stability, texture analysis, and sensory evaluation
    • Compile and analyze results from quantitative and qualitative tests by preparing charts, presentations, and reports describing test results
    • Assist in maintaining a safe, clean, stocked laboratory environment and safe and clean production environment
    • Collect and compile all necessary documentation and data management for samples, R&D inventory, and for scaleup
    • Execute data entry tasks and creation of nutrition labels and research on claims
    • Collaborate with vendors and external parties for lab testing, equipment testing/procurement, manufacturing, and for sample ingredients
    • Take bench samples to pilot and production both with in-house manufacturing and with co-manufacturers and co-packers and troubleshooting and reformulating as needed
    • Conduct microbiology lab testing on product for shelf-life testing and as part of QA/QC protocols
    • Aid team with project management skills to ensure key dates are being met

Who you are:

    • Relevant degree in Food Science, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Culinology, Culinary Arts, Certified Food Scientist or similar program
    • Experience in product development and scaleup
    • Basic knowledge of food chemistry, ingredient technology, food processing and analytical techniques used in food industry is desirable
    • Able to work independently as well as in a collaborative team environment
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • Extensive experience using laboratory equipment and extremely detail oriented
    • Ample knowledge of food manufacturing equipment
    • Strong quantitative and qualitative data analysis skills
    • Experience working with novel ingredients and proteins
    • A love and passion for food!
    • Must be able to lift at least 50lbs and work in a physically demanding environment

Perks of working with us:

    • Opportunity to work in a fast-growing innovative food start-up
    • Loads of plant-based foods to try
    • Competitive compensation and equity
    • Excellent growth and advancement opportunities
    • Collaborative working environment
    • Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance
    • FSA, HSA, and Commuter Benefits Accounts
    • 401k
Prime Roots is an equal opportunity employer and we value diversity and inclusiveness. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.
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Keith McAleer