Scientist/Engineer I, MSAT

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. The founding company of the industry, UPSIDE Foods is a mission-driven organization 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 has grown fast over the last two years, and the momentum continues! The Scientist/Engineer I, MSAT will support the scale-up of novel platforms for the cultivation of cell-based meat, support pilot and large-scale production operations and implement process transfer to commercial scale. We are searching for a person with both scientific and operational experience between pilot operations and cGMP manufacturing scales and who is excited to implement new processes and novel technologies. We are excited to bring on a self-starter who finds as much joy in the laboratory as they do at the desk to be part of our growing team.

Responsibilities include…

  • Manage pilot and bench scale production runs in collaboration with process development and manufacturing leading into technology transfer activities and execution of production runs including person-in-plan support.
  • Design, execute, and analyze experiments ranging from bench through pilot scale, leading to process transfer to commercial scale and manufacturing support.
  • Responsible for day-to-day operations and management of pilot scale bioreactors.
  • Participate in new process development, including selection, installation and evaluation of new bioreactor technologies and development of operating procedures.
  • Author, review, and revise batch records and sample plans in support of pilot and commercial manufacturing process changes.
  • Support impact assessments, risk assessments and investigations including root cause analysis utilizing industry best practices in collaboration with manufacturing operations and Quality.

About you…

  • BS in cell/molecular biology, chemical/bioengineering, or related life sciences degree with 5+ years of related experience, which should include cell culture bioprocess development and process transfer across size scales; or MS with 3+ years/PhD with 1+ years of related experience.  
  • Experienced with scale-up/scale-down of bioreactors, process transfer to production and with cGMP operations or pilot plant operations is helpful.
  • Experience with statistically driven design of experiments and data driven strategy and with presenting in front of large groups consisting of peers and/or management.
  • Detail-oriented, well-organized and comfortable with change and the absence of certainty.
  • Ability to relate with people at all levels within an organization, including diverse cultures.
  • Must be willing and able to work evenings and weekends when needed.

Who you’ll work with…

  • The MSAT team interfaces with all aspects of R&D and Manufacturing, and this person will accordingly be expected to work with stakeholders across the organization to design studies, and manage handoffs of materials and data. To support tech transfer and manufacturing operations, this person will be expected to prepare process documentation, transfer processes into manufacturing, and provide on the floor support.

Key Contributions in First Year…

  • Add additional skill in large scale bioprocess operations necessary for pilot scale operations.
  • Dedicated manufacturing support and a function to test most current processes at pilot scales prior to technology transfer to commercial scales.

Compensation Range: $66,000 - $115,000*
*Pay may vary depending on factors including job-related knowledge and skills.

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

The Details

Emeryville, CA

About the Company

Upside Foods

A food technology company aiming to grow sustainable cultured meat.

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