Fermentation Technician

San Leandro, California /
Fermentation /
At New Culture, we are making 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 a Fermentation Tech to join us in leading the global transformation to an animal-free dairy future. As an early member of the team, you will have significant influence and responsibility in determining the success and trajectory of New Culture. The ideal candidate is looking for a new challenge in a fast-moving collaborative environment and has experience in benchtop fermentation process development, ideally for protein and/or food production. 

Learn more about our CULTURE here!

What will you be doing:

    • Prepare necessary media and stock solutions for fermentation experiments
    • Setup, sterilize, tear down and clean benchtop bioreactors
    • Perform calibration of equipment (pH probes, pumps)  and routine maintenance if necessary
    • Monitor fermentation through sampling, checking online parameters, and offline measurements
    • Collect samples and perform routine biochemical assays and analysis
    • Perform aseptic techniques to prepare seed trains
    • Manage inventory of chemicals, consumables Troubleshoot, communicate,  and collaborate with other team members to resolve equipment and process issues as they arise in the operation of bioreactors and lab equipment
    • Contribute to the development and improvement of SOPs
    • Maintain safe practices and work environment

What we expect from you:

    • Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology, Bioprocess Engineering, Chemical or Biochemical Engineering, or related field with 1+ year of relevant industry or academic experience
    • Willingness to work with a flexible schedule and extended hours when needed
    • Ability to follow standard operating procedures and batch record to ensure proper execution of experiments
    • Ability to prioritize multiple concurrent assignments and daily tasks and adjust workflow as needed
    • Ability to work closely in a team of interdisciplinary and intercultural individuals
    • Computer skills: basic spreadsheet and word processing competency

Even better if you had:

    • Hands-on experience with various types of fermentation processes (batch, fed-batch, continuous; aerobic and anaerobic), fermentation equipment and scale, control and analysis software
    • Prior involvement with startups and/or small businesses
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 experiments 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.

If you would like to apply for this position please send your resume and a cover letter to jobs@newculturefood.com