San Leandro, California
At New Culture, we make cow cheese without the cow. Dairy cheese is unsustainable and plant-based cheeses don’t work. Ours are sustainable, healthy, ethical, and indistinguishable from current dairy options in taste, texture, and function. Using fermentation to produce dairy proteins, food science to combine those proteins with natural ingredients, and traditional cheesemaking methods to make any cheese of choice, we are bringing about a new culture for the cheese industry.
We are a Bay Area-based, venture-backed startup in an exciting growth and rapid expansion phase. We are looking for an experienced and motivated Food Scientist to join us in our mission of producing animal-free dairy cheese. By being one of our early employees, you will have significant say and responsibility in determining the success and outcomes of New Culture. The ideal candidate will thrive in a fast-moving collaborative environment, and will have a deep understanding of novel food research, design and development.
Learn more about our culture here
What will you be doing:
Work with Product Team to optimize and commercialize the world’s first animal-free dairy mozzarella cheese
Apply principles of texture analysis, rheology, and QC to evaluate and enhance product performance, stability, and shelf-life
Develop and conduct analytical assays to understand the protein biochemistry of our animal-free casein as related to its behavior and functionality in cheesemaking
Conduct in-house sensory testing and organize external sensory panels
Collaborate with chefs and industry partners to craft and deliver culinary experiences for internal and external product showcases
Qualify ingredients for new formulations and alternate suppliers for existing ingredients
Collaborate with external labs to conduct physical/chemical characterization of benchtop formulations
Utilize understanding of commercial-scale operations and implementation to participate in/lead the identification of product specifications, processing methods, and control parameters
Support scale-up and technology transfer to contract manufacturers
Participate in IP generation and applications development
Keep meticulous records of R&D activities (product iterations, new ingredient trials, processing methods, analytical assays)
Collaborate cross-functionally with DSP, Business/Marketing, and external advisors to achieve product and commercialization milestones
What we expect from you:
PhD in Food Science/Chemistry, PhD in Protein Biochemistry with food product R&D experience, or MSc with 3+ years of relevant industry experience
Experience with novel food product development
Ability to design, perform, and troubleshoot experiments independently
Strong data analysis and interpretation skills
Technical expertise in ingredient chemistry as it relates to functionality and stability in food systems
Hands-on experience with texture analysis, rheology, and emulsification instruments and methods
Familiarity with CGMP, HACCP, QC/QA standards and testing frameworks, and basic principles of food safety
Ability to deliver high-quality work under constraints of time and budget
Ability to work cross-functionally and adapt to dynamic workflows and shifting priorities
Creative and resourceful problem solving skills
Self-starter and goal-oriented with team-first mentality
Even better if you had:
Experience developing food and/or beverage products with dairy proteins
Experience with biosynthetic
Experience in product development and launch for foodservice and retail/CPG
Managing co-manufacturer relations/networks
Liaising with internal and external parties to drive successful production trials and runs
Familiarity with FDA (GRAS) standards and regulations for dairy and dairy alternatives
Experience coordinating and conducting sensory panels
Proficiency in Genesis R&D® Food Formulation & Labeling Software or equivalent, and familiarity with FDA nutrition and health claims
Previous experience at a start-up or small business
How to know you are a great fit:
We look for candidates who are team players, learners, doers, and hungry to make a difference in the world. Creativity and resourcefulness, honesty and empathy go a long way. Our five core values guide us on our path to achieving our mission.
Determination with Kindness | Have the resolve, the drive, and the will to succeed, but do it with empathy, encouragement, and compassion. In the face of adversity we will only excel as a team by keeping kindness at the forefront of everything we do.
Tenacity with Transparency | Creativity, persistence, questioning, and crazy ideas to solve hard problems are essential to our work. We do all of this out in the open while being honest and forthright about the new things we’re trying, getting feedback and input from our teammates along the way.
Teamwork with Rigor | Hold yourself and those around you to high standards and understand how your responsibilities are interconnected with others’. As much as you rely on your teammates, they’re relying on you, and only with consistent communication and rigorous teamwork will we achieve our goals together.
Speed with Focus | We move quickly, exploring new opportunities and incorporating new results to make progress rapidly. Remaining focused throughout our experimentations means making thoughtful decisions, listening to a range of perspectives, and moving forward as a unified team once we’ve committed to the path ahead.
Love the Product | The science is cool but the product is even cooler. Our breakthroughs are always in the pursuit of better products. It’s by selling delicious dairy that we will bring about a successful future for New Culture and a positive impact for our customers and the planet.
New Culture is committed to promoting and creating a diverse, inclusive environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. Diversity is the foundation of what we do at New Culture, enabling us to build a company that celebrates what makes each of us unique.