Director of Science and Technology
The Good Food Institute (GFI) is on the forefront of the movement to use food technology and markets to solve some of the world’s biggest problems, from climate change and global hunger to antibiotic efficacy and the exploitation of billions of animals annually. The Good Food Institute’s Director of Science and Technology will have an outsized role in ensuring that a good food future happens as quickly and efficiently as possible. At GFI, you will work with the world’s top scientists focused on: using plants to create the best possible alternatives to conventional animal agriculture products; using synthetic biology to create real dairy and egg proteins without the use of animals; and using tissue engineering to grow real animal meat, but without the same adverse impacts on the environment, the global poor, or animals.
How You Will Make a Difference
As GFI’s Director of Science and Technology, you will manage our talented team of experienced scientists and work with them to inspire and fund innovative research, provide a high level of support to plant-based and cellular agriculture (“clean meat”) food companies and academic research institutions, and lead our efforts to ensure that the science and technologies behind plant-based and clean alternatives to animal products are cutting-edge and exceptional. You will do this by:
- Managing all aspects of the Science and Technology Department, including supervising staff, overseeing department budgeting and spending, creating and implementing expansion plans, and providing visionary leadership.
- Developing and implementing strategic plans that address the needs of the clean and plant-based food industries and work to fill research, infrastructure, and technology gaps.
- Creating engaging webinars and speaking at scientific conferences to highlight expertise and innovations needed in the field and inspire more scientists and engineers to get involved.
- Overseeing and assisting with the creation of peer-reviewed publications, white papers, and other scientific and technical resources.
Who We’re Looking For
We are seeking smart, thoughtful, and creative self-starters who want to push back against climate change, transform industrial animal agriculture, and develop healthy and humane foods that are accessible to everyone.
The Director of Science and Technology must have an extremely strong work ethic and ability to see projects through to completion, exceptional written and verbal communication skills, strong organizational and interpersonal skills, experience leading teams, and enthusiasm for GFI’s mission. You will enjoy a high level of autonomy while being responsible for managing potentially competing needs of the team. You must be self-motivated, work well both independently and in concert with a larger group, and be comfortable working with a rapidly evolving and growing team. Top candidates will be able to envision the wider impact of GFI’s science and technology work and make team-inclusive, strategic decisions and plans that maximize our efforts.
We are considering candidates with a master’s degree or higher in a related scientific or engineering field, with a strong preference for a Ph.D. that is relevant to either plant-based or clean meat research and development and at least three years of professional experience after receipt of the graduate degree. Candidates from technology management MBA programs are also encouraged to apply. All candidates should have demonstrated experience leading and managing a science, engineering, or technology-specific team of multidisciplinary professionals.
Enjoy full medical coverage, optional dental and vision packages, a 401(k) retirement plan, working from home, flexible holiday and vacation plans, room for advancement, respectful managers, and supportive colleagues at The Good Food Institute!
(Please Note: We are only able to consider applicants who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States, or who already possess a United States Worker Visa. All applicants must live in the United States.)