Senior Scientist - Media Optimization

Application Deadline: February 10th 2020

Employment Type: Full-time

How to Apply: Send us an email with a bit about who you are, along with your CV and a letter addressing all of the selection criteria (described below)

Contact for enquiries only: Dr. James Ryall | Email: | Please do not send your application to this contact


As a Senior Scientist at VOW, you'll be hands on in the lab working to overcome a number of challenges to make this exciting future possible. You will be working on improving our cost effective and animal free media to grow food from our library of cells.You will collaborate with high performance scientists, chefs, software engineers and designers to define the links between cell biology, growth media and the food produced at the end.

One day you’ll be working on primary cell culture, working with the cells of new and novel species, another day you will be developing custom media formulations to be executed by high-throughput robotics. Our problems are more than just discovery -- you will be working in a fast-paced environment on the nexus of automation, data science and biology, growing real products to put in the hands of customers as soon as humanly possible, all without any harm to animals.

You will work directly with our Chief Scientific Officer and other members of our small but growing team to do high quality science. You’ll be autonomous and empowered to find better ways to do things. A ‘hacker’ mentality, or non-traditional pathway into science are both a big plus for us.

The position is based in Sydney, Australia.


What you’ll do:

- Continually improve our high throughput, robotic media screening pipeline

- Robotic process automation, protocol designer etc

- Develop new high throughput screening assays

- Developing novel media formulations

- Formulating optimal media for seed trains, proliferation and differentiation of different cell types

- Work with our engineering and data team to develop and validate high throughput analytic pipelines

- Manage and mentor team of highly motivated, passionate scientists


In return, we will support you with:

- Working tirelessly to give you an incredible place to work and a team that feels more like a family.

- Chef-prepared lunch Monday - Friday

- Access to gym facilities

- Weekly 1:1’s and mentorship from exec team.

- No legacy overheads: we’re giving you the freedom to help define the best approach to solving problems.

- Massive room to grow in an exciting, emerging industry.

- High-stakes work that matters to the team and the world. A mission for you to sink your skills and passion into.


About you:

- Above all you are mission aligned: you want to apply your skills in science to build a better food system and a brighter future. For some of us this is about animal welfare, for others it’s saving the environment or caring deeply about developing incredibly delicious foods - all different perspectives on the same mission.

- You’re proactive and enjoy thinking about the big picture.

- You’re kind, curious and enjoy learning new things.

- You’re product focused. You think about the perspectives of end users even when it might not be expected of you.

- You care that you’re building something that solves a problem and helps end users.

- You’re high-performance, you’re inspired and you inspire others.


Selection Criteria

Required experience / skills:

- Completion of a M.Sc. or Ph.D. in a relevant field (biology or biotechnology)

- Minimum of six years post-graduate (M.Sc.) or three years post-doctoral (Ph.D.) experience

- Project management experience

- A demonstrated capacity to design, perform and analyse experiments

- Excellent written and verbal communication skills

- Demonstrated leadership experience

**Ideally you also have: **

- Experience with mammalian cell culture

- Hands on experience with the design and use of large-scale bioreactors

- Experience in immunofluorescent labelling of cells, imaging and analysis

- Experience in data science

- Proficiency in statistical analysis tools

- Publication of original research in refereed journals

- Applicants with a proven track-record of product and/or process development will be viewed favourably

Ultimately this role will be shaped around the right candidate. If you love the mission and want to work on some of the most exciting and impactful problems on the planet today we want to speak to you.

Final remark: we think it's important to have a diverse workforce, so please don't hesitate to apply if you think or look differently. We actually like that. Come as you are :)

Sounds interesting?