We're working on a challenging and incredibly exciting mission: to bring cultured meat to market! Isolating, establishing and characterising a bank of different types of stem cells is critical to this process.
We are currently looking for one or two Cell Banking Production Technicians. As a member of our friendly and dedicated team, you will help in the production and characterisation of starting cells for downstream use in cultured beef production.
Do you want the same as we do?
Would you like to be a crucial part of bringing cultured meat to market, having a massive positive impact on the world?
Do you want to develop your scientific skills and learn new cell and molecular biology techniques as part of a small but critical subteam?
Would you love to collaborate with an international team of world-class scientists and engineers in a fast-paced and exciting start-up environment?
What is the purpose of your role?
Execute the construction of muscle and fat bovine stem cell banks for use in downstream cultured meat production.
What are your key responsibilities?
Carry out isolation, purification and culture of bovine muscle and fat cells from various sources and at various scales, mostly employing 2D culture in tissue culture flasks.
Perform various cell and molecular biological assays and tests to confirm the safety and quality of cell banks.
Give feedback and contribute new ideas and suggestions related to the quality of cell banks and the processes used to establish them.
What else will you do?
Work according to Standardised Operating Procedures to establish, characterise and maintain master and working cell banks of muscle and fat stem cells.
Gain experience and expertise in a wide range of cell and molecular biology techniques, using these skills to perform analysis relevant for the quality and safety of cell banks.
Act as a key link between R&D scientists developing protocols, and the production team executing them at scale.
Document, analyse and present results in various formats and to various audiences.
Assist in the smooth day-to-day running of the laboratory.
What are we looking for?
Bachelor's degree or equivalent in a biological or biomedical subject, including prior laboratory experience (essential).
Experience with mammalian cell culture and aseptic technique (essential), although no specific knowledge of bovine, muscle or fat cell culture is required.
Prior experience working according to SOPs and protocols (essential), especially in a cleanroom or GMP environment (desirable).
Passionate about our mission, and excited about working in a commercial start-up environment.
A hardworking, organised and dedicated team-player.
Good verbal and written communication skills (minimum B2 level English).
Ability to commence soon (desirable).
Permission to work in the EU (desirable).
*Please be aware that we are more likely to consider EU citizens, for this position and all other Technician or Assistant positions. This is due to specific visa requirements for applicants coming from outside the EU. Feel free to apply if you think this might not be applicable to you.
What can you expect from us?
We are a medium-sized team working on an innovation that we believe will have a huge global impact. As part of this exciting project, you will get to:
- Enjoy an enterprising work culture in a fun, international team environment!
- Work at the interface of R&D and Production, combining science with a clear commercial goal.
- Have access to fundamental training, and be part of our continuous learning culture.
- Work in the beautiful, historical city of Maastricht.
- Enjoy flexible working hours (a limited amount of weekend work is to be expected).
- Enjoy at least 25 days of paid leave per year.
- As part of a competitive remuneration package, receive a bonus plan similar to stock options (called Stock Appreciation Rights - SARs).