Strain Engineer

Permanent employee, Full-time · München

Your mission

At Planet A Foods, we want to revolutionize the food industry to protect the planet we love. We believe that creating better food ingredients, done by perfecting centuries-old fermentation technology, leads to healthier alternatives for us all and can save up to 500 Mt of CO2 per year.

Our first product? Yummy chocolate! We created the world’s first 100% cocoa-free chocolate called Nocoa. Our Nocoa tastes amazing with a solid snap and smooth melt as well as roasty notes and a subtle sweetness. In addition it is completely natural, gluten-free, vegan and made with only seven ingredients. Nocoa doesn’t only deliver on taste and naturalness. It is also kind to the planet with a breathtaking low carbon and water footprint, plus a complete mitigation of deforestation and child slavery!

On our journey to protect our Planet A, we are looking for a Junior Strain Engineer.

In this role, you will help us to find new ways to rationally design microbial organisms and perform metabolic engineering on our proprietary strains. Together with our experienced team, you will create the next generation of production hosts for microbial cocoa butter as well as other lipids and biochemical products. 

Your tasks at Planet A Foods:


  • Perform hands-on research in collaboration with our scientists

  • Plan and develop strategies to achieve our target metrics through metabolic engineering

  • Conduct molecular biology techniques such as PCR, Golden Gate Cloning and CRISPR

  • Evaluate newly generated strains in high-throughput biochemical and growth assays

  • Validate performance in small scale fermentation systems

  • Reliably document experimental procedures

  • Diligently store and analyze generated data


Your profile
  • A Master’s degree in molecular biology,  biotechnology, biochemistry, genetics or related fields OR alternatively a Bachelor’s degree in the same disciplines with 2+ years of professional experience

  • A well rounded skill-set in molecular biology methodologies (PCR, Cloning, Transformation, etc.)

  • Very good organizational skills and self-sufficient experimental design capabilities

  • Additional experience in bioinformatics and/or data sciences would be desirable

  • Experience in using MS Office, experience with Benchling is a plus

  • Fluent in English (speaking and writing)

  • The ability to work in a flexible dynamic startup setting

  • An open mind and willingness to learn 

How we hire at Planet A Foods

Planet A Foods is committed to pursuing our values throughout our business. 

In the realm of recruitment and hiring, this means that we are not only an Equal Opportunity Employer, but also proactive in embedding fairness and equity into an inclusive recruitment and hiring process:

 

  • We value the knowledge, expertise, and skills that individuals bring based on their identities, life experiences, and backgrounds. We want people to bring their full selves to work and as a global company, we want to reflect the world. Our success relies on talented individuals who share our passion bringing innovation and insights that stem from their different perspectives to help us work as one team to accomplish ambitious global strategy goals. 

  • Our recruitment is inclusive. We recruit top talent that reflect the diversity of the world and global marketplace we inhabit. We conduct deliberate and purposeful recruitment that brings applicants to Planet A Foods that represent a broad range of identities, life experiences, backgrounds, and skill sets.

  • Our hiring process is transparent and consistent. We have high standards for ensuring a clear process is used consistently with every candidate. There are no side doors for bringing in people. We adhere to a hiring protocol that includes and recognizes differences rather than rule them out.

  • We recognize that one of the dynamics of meaningful inclusion is seeing that all people can succeed in our workplace. We know representation matters and that our values are not something we simply talk about, it’s something we work toward. It’s something we do. Our values must show up in who works on the Planet A Foods team, at every level. 

Our values: 

Fellowship

We share a great vision that can only be achieved as a team. We prefer enabling others to succeed instead of petting our egos.

On Discovery

We keep our eyes, hearts, and minds open, curious to explore, improve and create new realities beyond the ordinary.

Creating impact

We aim at building a better world. Science is at our hearts, and full of passion we progress on our journey.

Just do it

We rather take a lousy first step than standing still or losing ourselves in discussions. Smart words are worth nothing if they are not accompanied by smart actions.

Why us?

Our hierarchy is flat and communication direct, which means that we operate and learn fast, as a team. You can expect the following:

 

  • Competitive salary within the industry (incl. stock options)

  • Flexible working hours as we believe in ownership and trust

  • Learning & Development Program for all our team members

  • Regular team events

  • Free drinks & snacks

We are an equal-opportunity employer and value diversity. We consider all applications equally regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, or gender identity. We strongly encourage individuals from groups traditionally underrepresented in tech to apply, and we can help with immigration.

About us
It’s an audacious, incredibly rewarding mission that we are dedicated to achieving. Planet A Foods is built around the idea that everyone should be able to enjoy just, circular and waste-free food. To that end, we create a family of foods by upcycling clean (local/cruelty-free) ingredients with state-of-the-art biotechnology and flavor science.

Exciting challenges lie ahead — Join us on our mission!
Your application!
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