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Sr Fermentation Scientist/Engineer

Nature’s Fynd

Nature’s Fynd

Chicago, IL, USA
Posted on Thursday, October 13, 2022
Nature’s Fynd is a groundbreaking food tech company born out of NASA-supported research on extremophiles in the geothermal pools of Yellowstone National Park. Our novel fermentation technology produces a sustainable source of complete protein using only a fraction of the resources required by traditional agriculture. As the challenge to feed the world’s expanding population grows, our mission is to create amazing foods and materials that provide sustainable choices and nurture the planet.
We’re looking for passionate, driven, and ambitious people to join our fast-growing team.
Our investors include premier venture capital firms (Softbank’s Vision Fund, Blackstone Strategic Partners, 1955 Capital, Generation Investment Management led by Al Gore, and Breakthrough Energy Ventures led by Bill Gates) as well as two of the world’s largest Food & Ag companies (Danone and ADM). With our latest $350M in Series C financing, we are continuing in our ambitious growth trajectory to revolutionize the field of sustainability and have global impact.
The Sr Fermentation Scientist/Engineer will report to the Director Strain, Build & Design and play a critical role in developing strategies to explore the potential of our amazingly versatile organism, Fy. A successful candidate will be a positive and energetic self-starter, while balancing lab work and documentation. The right candidate will thrive in fast-paced environments and display exceptional multi-tasking skills while managing priorities. Compensation will be competitive and commensurate with experience.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Prepare experimental plans for testing of complex factors
  • Set-up experiments in lab scale fermentation
  • Document all work and findings in an ELN
  • Execute experimental designs in lab
  • Participate in scientific discourse for process improvement
  • Monitor equipment to ensure proper function and control
  • Design strategies for process improvement
  • Build processes to comply with process targets
  • Author SOP’s and technical transfer documents as needed
  • Mentor/Manage RA’s in execution of experimental plans
  • Maintain a safe working environment
  • Conduct maintenance on equipment
  • Prioritize business goals in experimental design

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Fermentation Science, Fermentation Engineering, Biosystems Engineering or a related field of study
  • 5+ years industrial experience
  • Experience working with filamentous fungal fermentations
  • Experience working with different fermentation processes
  • Experience with scale up of fermentation

Additional Qualifications & Skills:

  • Strong organization, planning, and time management skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Comfortable working in an action-oriented, start-up environment
  • Sound judgement when faced with uncertainty and ambiguity
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team-focused environment
  • Self-motivated by problem solving and inherent curiosity to understand how things work
  • Approachable, dependable, and positive
  • Exhibit a strong sense of professional and personal integrity
  • Strong technical skills including proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and GSuite
  • Experience with fermentation control software

Physical Requirements:

  • Must have flexibility and availability to work on site off hours depending on experimental needs
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds


  • Participation in Employee Stock Ownership Program
  • 100% paid employee benefits (medical, dental, vision)
  • Generous Parental leave policy
  • Opportunity to join a company with an aggressive growth trajectory that will revolutionize multiple industries
  • Engaging and dynamic work culture full of innovation and collaboration with your fellow Fynders

Commitment To Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, And Belonging:

  • Nature’s Fynd views equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a culture where everyone can thrive. We strive to create a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values

EEO Statement:

  • We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law