At Beyond Meat, we started with simple questions. Why do you need an animal to create meat? Why can’t you build meat directly from plants? Thus, we make plant-based meats that allow families to eat more, not less, of the traditional dishes they love while feeling great about the health, sustainability, and animal welfare benefits of plant protein. Our goal is to bring exciting change to the plate—and Beyond.
The Innovation team is seeking an outstanding individual to join Beyond Meat to further expand our analytical capabilities at the company’s headquarters in El Segundo, CA. The candidate will be a resident expert in state-of-the-art analytical methods and data analysis for food ingredients, chemical and biochemical systems. The Scientist will use their excellent problem solving and analytical skills to develop impactful research insights and meaningfully contribute to new product development.
- Develop analytical methods for isolation, detection, identification, and quantification of chemical and biochemical compounds, including small molecules and macromolecules
- Conduct discovery phase research and quantitative analysis using diverse instrumental techniques as applied to complex matrices
- Characterize and quantify food ingredients such as proteins, fats, flavorants, colorants, nutrients, and binders by developing unique analytical methods
- Oversee program on nutritional analysis of foods
- Develop mechanistic insights and models for how composition and quality of proteins, carbohydrates, fats, and oils impact product characteristics
- Develop complex datasets, databases, and analysis/interpretative methods
- Translate results and ideas into meaningful research plans that address key research questions within the Innovation team
- Prepare reports and develop Standard Operating Procedures for potentially complex analytical methods for translation to the team
- Ensure analytical equipment is maintained in good working order; troubleshoot and perform minor repairs as needed; oversee preventative maintenance program in the lab
- Maintain a safe and orderly laboratory and ensure compliance with all safety policies and practices
- Supervise and mentor Analytical personnel in several aspects of Department operations including reporting and method validation/qualification, research planning, investigating deviations and unexpected results
- Collaborate with Innovation Senior Management in the growth and development of the Department
- Collaborate with teammates in cross-functional settings to build a strong knowledge base and repository of food ingredients
- Collaborate with the various cross-functional teams within the company
- Ph.D. in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology or related discipline with over 8 years of analytical chemistry or biochemistry experience
- Experience with GC and LC using mass and spectroscopic detection methods, ICP-MS/OES, spectroscopic methods (UV/Vis, fluorescence, AES/AAS, IR, CD, light scattering) and general chromatographic/separations methods including liquid extractions, solid phase extractions, ion and size exclusion chromatography
- Extensive experience with HPLC/UPLC-MS and GC/MS is preferred, including high resolution triple quad MS/MS and qTOF-MS
- Experience with developing complex datasets and/or omics small molecule research, script development for data handling, and database building is preferred
- Experience with qualitative and quantitative materials characterization is a plus
- Experience with characterizing bio-macromolecules is a plus
- Exhibit strong technical skills and the ability to critically evaluate raw data and results without supervision.
- Proven ability to generate research plans that lead to meaningful conclusions
- Must be skilled in operation of chromatographic data acquisition and processing software packages such as Agilent ChemStation, Shimadzu LabSolutions, and other software tools for data reduction and presentation.
- Experience in the operation, minor maintenance, troubleshooting, and calibration of laboratory equipment required
- Experience with statistical software and theory