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Research Associate I, Food Application Development 72 views

Berkeley, CA

It’s a Perfect Day to change the world! At Perfect Day, we’re doing just that.
Perfect Day was founded in 2014 to create delicious, nutritious dairy products that everyone can love. We’re using fermentation (not animals) to make dairy proteins that are the foundation for foods like ice cream, cheese and yogurt – all with the distinctive taste and textures that consumers demand, but without lactose or environmental downsides. Through partnerships with respected brands, we’re working to launch a whole range of dairy products that will help shape a humane, sustainable food system for future generations. 
With guidance, you help deliver R&D plans and strategies. Benchmark & develop product applications using characterized food ingredients from concept through product optimization and commercialization.
With guidance maintain objectivity in project work through practical use of the scientific method.
Apply knowledge of food ingredients, food products & food manufacturing processes to design experiments, plan & conduct experiments to demonstrate the effectiveness of the functional properties of microflora-based proteins in dairy & food product applications.
Use bench top, analytical, and pilot plant tools to conduct the experiment.
Trained to perform sensory, food safety, and nutrition review, shelf life validation, write intermediate & finished good specifications, and develop product application material.
Coordinating activities to bring projects to completion, while working in a collegial team environment and proactively keeping everyone on the same page. 
Broad understanding of food ingredients, nutrition, food analytical tools, food microbiology, unit operations in food processing, food production formulation and compositional properties, formulation, and manufacturing of dairy and food products.
Demonstrates broad understanding of scientific techniques and industry standards appropriate to the discipline of food product development.
Can work independently with some guidance and demonstrates a high level of technical engagement.
Critically analyzes results of the experiments, documents findings, and contributes to project plans and experimental planning.


  • Essential functions
  •  Bench-top and pilot experiments
  •  Research / DOE / Reporting
  •  Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis
  •  Communicate with internal/external teams
  • Other functions
  •  Presenting
  •  Lab cleaning 
  •  Ingredient handling/ordering
  • Competencies
  •  Analytical Thinking
  •  Building Collaborative Relationships
  •  Personal Credibility 

  •  Associate Degree in biological related field with 4+ yrs of food industry experience
  •  Familiar with the dairy product and their processing
  • Additional Education and Experience:
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science with 1 – 2 years in industry (or equivalent). Hands-on food analytical lab and pilot plant experience working on cultured dairy, protein extrusion, frozen desserts, sauces, etc.
  • Dairy protein and ingredient functional knowledge
  • High level of technical aptitude, excellent communication, organization, and collaborative skills, and demonstrated ability to innovate, troubleshoot, intellectual curiosity, and thrive in a dynamic cross-functional team environment. 

  • Close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus, with or without corrective lenses.
  • Ability to stand or sit for prolonged periods at a given time; reach, climb, kneel, bend, push and/or pull, and at times lift objects as heavy as 50 lbs.
  • Position located in a mix of typical laboratory, workshop, and kitchen environments, and requires a tolerance for high worker traffic, close quarters, noise, odors, dust, transiently wet and dirty floors, and varying room temperatures and lighting. 
  • Perfect Day is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.
    It’s a Perfect Day to change the world. The day when delicious dairy goodness is something everyone can love. The day we say goodbye to the downsides of factory farming. The day we throw a big party with luscious, animal-free milk, cheese, yogurt, and ice cream, all made with Perfect Day! We hope you join us! 

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