This is a 6-month program running from February 1st to July 31st. Applications close midnight December 6th.
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 bringing together cutting edge innovations in science, technology, culinary and design to make sustainable food that’s both irresistible and accessible for billions of people worldwide.
The work that we are doing is a critical step on the path to creating a future where humans can exist in sustainable harmony with our planet, something we can proudly hand over to our children and grandchildren. We’re not only making food that is great for humans and great for the earth, but also creating food that is the most delicious, desirable choice of any food available. This is a mission we believe in deeply.
In our short history since founding in April 2019, we’ve grown to be a team of 19 and gained a lot of attention for our world-first: the first kangaroo meat cultured in a lab (Wall Street Journal, The Australian and Channel 9). We’ve now grown 7 species and counting, with an even more ambitious plan through 2021 and beyond. We’re backed by Australia’s most prolific VC firm Blackbird Ventures, alongside a long list of prominent investors and partners.
As a Junior Research 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.
This role will be one of a small number of Junior Research Scientists joining Vow together in February 2021. Under the guidance and mentorship of our team, our expectation is that by the end of this six months you will have developed the following skills.
You will have expanded on your existing scientific skills, developing proficiency across:
You will be confident in:
You will be able to prove your critical analysis skills:
You will be able to troubleshoot problems with the best of them:
While this is a defined six-month program, high performing Junior Research Scientists will be offered full time ongoing positions at Vow at the conclusion of the six months.About you:
Required experience / skills:
Ideally you also have:
In return, we will support you with:
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.
Vow’s mission is to make food products for everyone, and we mean everyone. To do that well we need a workforce that’s representative of the people we serve. We celebrate multiple approaches and points of view, we are inclusive and we believe diversity drives innovation - so we’re building a culture to match. Uniqueness is powerful - be yourself and come as you are.