Scientist - Stem Cells

Application Deadline: Ongoing

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

VOW is a food company, a very different one. We’re creating real meat products from animal cells, instead of the animal itself. We’re obsessed with cutting edge innovations in science, technology, culinary and design, bringing them together to deliver entirely new food products and eating experiences to the world.

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:

Cell culture on a range of stem cells from a wide range of species

Manage our growing library of cells from different species

Flow cytometry and FACS to sort for specific sub-populations

Manage and mentor team of highly motivated, passionate scientists

Project management across our ever-growing pipeline of experiments

Conducting genetic engineering of cells

Contributing strategic scientific considerations for long term data acquisition and analysis

Analysing data and presenting results internally and externally

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. (+2 years post-graduate experience) or Ph.D. in a relevant field (biology or biotechnology)

Experience in the culture of mammalian stem cells, including the isolation and maintenance of primary cells

Experience in molecular biochemistry and immunofluorescent techniques

A demonstrated capacity to design, perform and analyse experiments

Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Ideally you also have:

Experience in fluorescence-activated cell sorting and flow cytometry

Proficiency in statistical analysis tools

Publication of original research in refereed journals

Applicant who can demonstrate a track record of having worked with cell derived organoids 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?