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At the forefront of farming and food, UPSIDE Foods 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. UPSIDE Foods 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

UPSIDE is seeking an innovative Process Development Scientist or Engineer, who enjoys fast-paced growth and is passionate about changing the future of food. This individual will be responsible for developing and executing cell culture experimental designs to understand and optimize novel cultivation processes. You will perform experiments, analyze and interpret data, communicate results, and make recommendations to drive forward a strategy for scalable, cultivated meat. As part of a talented team, you will collaborate closely with colleagues and scientists from other functions such as cell line and media development, process engineering, data scientists, and manufacturing. The ideal candidate will mentor junior associates and flourish in our dynamic and growing team.

Responsibilities include…

  • Lead and drive lab-scale bioreactor operations and cell culture harvest experiments, including testing of novel technologies, processes, and cultivation parameters.
  • Plan, execute, and analyze cultivation experiments with complex data sets to understand mass balances and metabolic shifts.
  • Proficient in data collection, interpretation, and analysis to determine the next steps with the project team/lead. 
  • Plan further experiments based on data and objectives.
  • Develops experiments in scaled-down manufacturing models and high throughput cell culture platforms.
  • Mentor and supervise others in areas of expertise.

About you…

  • Ph.D. in chemical engineering, bioprocessing, bioengineering, or closely related science; or BS/MS candidates with 5+(BS) or 3+(MS) years of research and development experience in the biopharmaceutical, cell therapy, or similar industry are also encouraged to apply.
  • Industrial or academic cell culture and process development experience.
  • Experience with JMP for navigating and analyzing large data sets.
  • Comfortable with traditional bioreactor scaling concepts and applying concepts to novel meat cultivation processes. 
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced and cross-functional environment.
  • Comfortable developing scientific knowledge base by learning new methods from peers, seminars, and scientific literature.
  • Maintain scientific scholarship through internal and external networking and frequent literature reviews.

Desirable skills

  • Working knowledge/understanding of scale-up considerations for large-scale bioreactors.
  • Mammalian and/or avian cell culture and recombinant protein expression.
  • Experience with designing and executing DOE-based experiments.

Who you’ll work with…

  • While we expect growth in all functions in the next 1-2 years, this role will most frequently interact with our Cell Line Development team, Cell Culture Media team, Food R&D team, and Technical Operations team.

Key Contributions in First Year…

  • Optimize scalable meat cultivation process for the Upside Foods EPIC facility.
  • Increased process understanding of the various cultivation processes at Upside Foods.
  • Proposals for IP around cultivated meat.

UPSIDE Benefits!

  • Stock options for all full-time incoming team members!
  • 90-100% employer-paid healthcare premiums for team members (medical [including HSA and FSA], dental, and vision)
  • Pet insurance for your furry family members!
  • Unlimited PTO
  • DE&I (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion) Council and People Engagement Programs
  • Company-sponsored learning & development opportunities


UPSIDE Foods 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. Our company-wide mission is to create a product for everyone, so we are deeply committed to having teams and leaders that reflect this mission.

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  • Location California
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