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Senior Scientist - Tissue Engineering

Novel Farms, Inc.

Novel Farms, Inc.

Berkeley, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, September 14, 2023

About the company:

Industrial animal agriculture has had its share of negative impacts on the environment, public health, and animal welfare, and it's time for a change. In the near future, cultivated meat will be a necessity to address the challenges posed by traditional factory farming. The well-being of our planet, public health, and the economy all depend on it. At Novel Farms, we are reshaping the future of meat production and strive to deliver cultivated meat products to the dinner table that not only reproduce the taste and texture of a traditional steak but also offer a culinary experience for the next generation of meat lovers.

Our mission is clear - to alleviate the strain on our current food system and provide a sustainable solution that benefits not only human health but also animal welfare and the climate. With cultivated meat, we aim to offer real animal protein without the drawbacks of traditional factory farming. By doing so, we can significantly reduce the use of land and freshwater, as well as cut down on greenhouse gas emissions, which currently contribute to 14.5% of global emissions. As an early-stage foodtech startup, we are at the forefront of the cellular agriculture movement, and our vision is to make cultivated meat production accessible to all. We are working tirelessly to achieve price parity with conventional meat, developing groundbreaking scaffolding technology that allows us to produce cultivated meat as a viable and affordable option for consumers worldwide.

Joining our team means being part of a revolutionary movement that reinvents the way we feed our planet. Our operations are expanding and seek to build the most creative team of problem solvers for the task. As a member of Novel Farms, you'll have the opportunity to tackle complex issues and answer hard-hitting questions to make a positive impact on the world.

About the role:

As a Senior Scientist at Novel Farms, you will lead the charge in designing and executing experiments, workflows, and pipelines to enable the scalable generation of muscle tissues in vitro. Your primary focus will be on implementing bioreactors for scaling purposes. This role offers a unique opportunity for independence and growth, with some management responsibilities overseeing a research assistant. You will report directly to the Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) and collaborate closely with our molecular biology team and external consultants.

Location: Berkeley, CA, Full-time, 100% On-site.


  • Designing and conducting experiments, analyzing data and maintaining accurate records of experimental procedures, results, and conclusions.
  • Prepare technical reports, documents for intellectual property application and presentations for internal and external stakeholders.
  • Isolating cell lines from biopsies and necropsies.
  • Characterizing cell line attributes, including identity, growth rate, and media requirements.
  • Conducting cell line differentiation and lineage characterization.
  • Characterizing cell line properties on proprietary scaffolds.
  • Formulating growth media specific to particular cell lines and optimizing for growth rates.
  • Developing workflows and pipelines for the scalable generation of tissues in vitro.
  • Operating a high-density perfusion bioreactor (training will be provided).
  • Managing and training R&D team members.
  • Ph.D. in a relevant scientific field.
  • A minimum of 2 years of post-doctoral experience in a muscle-specific area, either in industry or academia.
  • Authorization to work in the US.

Skill requirements

  • Animal cell line isolation.
  • Animal cell line characterization (i.e. immunofluorescence microscopy, FACS, transcriptional profiling).
  • Differentiation and lineage characterization.
  • Growth media formulation.
  • Experience with various cell growth substrata.
  • Rudimentary data analysis and image quantification.
  • Fluorescence microscopy.

Preferred qualifications

  • Familiarity with bioreactor operation.
  • Familiarity with process development, optimization, and scale-up.

Full Time employees enjoy 100% coverage for medical, dental and vision benefits, a 401K, stock options, a spacious and luminous office and a fully-equipped laboratory in historical Berkeley landmark building close to Berkeley Bowl West, Ironworks, and ample career advancement as the company grows.

How to apply

To apply, please submit your updated resume, cover letter, and any relevant publications or academic achievements. We look forward to receiving your application!

We are driven by the pursuit of gastronomic excellence and sustainability, and we invite you to be a part of this extraordinary journey. Join us in accelerating the world's transition to cellular agriculture and create a sustainable and delicious future for all.

Additional information

Novel Farms is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability status. This role does not offer sponsorship for work authorization. External applicants must be eligible to work in the US. This job description is a general overview and may be subject to change based on the evolving needs of the startup.