Senior Sensory Scientist

We are looking for someone who is obsessed with how our human senses create individual experience. As Senior Sensory Scientist you’ll be the subject matter expert and go-to person for all things sensory.

About Vow

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 available to 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. A world we can proudly hand over to our children and grandchildren. We are achieving this by creating sustainable food that is the most delicious, desirable choice of anything available. This is a mission we believe in deeply.

As a company we’re 16 months old. We have a growing team of 16 hard-working people who genuinely look out for each other and we are fully funded to tackle our ambitious mission. 

About the opportunity

Joining Vow as one of our first Food Science hires is an incredibly exciting opportunity. You’ll be given a blank slate and total creative freedom to take biological breakthroughs and turn them into seriously-good food products. This is more than just replicating the meat we have today, it’s completely redefining food from the ground up, and ultimately producing irresistible products for billions of people. 

You will have access to expansive labspace, a brand new, kitted-out test kitchen and have the opportunity to bounce ideas off our network, which includes some of the smartest minds in science, food and business. You will be able to take total ownership of our food formulations, taking new concepts all the way from idea, to product-in-market. 

We are looking for someone who is obsessed with how our human senses create individual experience. As Senior Sensory Scientist you’ll be the subject matter expert and go-to person for all things sensory. You will develop and own Vow’s overall approach to sensory panelling and sensory analysis, uncovering the insights that other people miss, through a combination of quantitative and qualitative techniques. You will work with our Senior Food Scientist to become the product attribute experts and constantly improve the sensory outcomes of our products, be that flavour, aroma, texture and beyond. 

The ideal person will thrive in a fast growing and mission driven environment that isn’t constrained by traditional thinking when it comes to food innovation. You will take your experience, your knowledge and your enthusiasm and be given the resources to successfully create food that’s irresistible to consumers. 

More than anything, you’ll be working alongside a team who is passionate about food, care about our future, and are excited to work with you and let you be at your greatest. 

This is an incredible time to join Vow, and really own the direction of a critical piece of the company's future. The earth's current food systems are not sustainable, solving this is an everyday reality when you’re working at Vow. Come and make the positive impact that you were born to make. ‍

What you'll do:

  • Develop an initial sensory procedure for an in-house sensory panel.
  • Provide sensory leadership for the company and serve as the key subject matter expert on our meat product organoleptic analysis.
  • Contribute to the direction we take in hiring our Food Science / Product Development Team.
  • Recommend and select the purchase and lease of equipment for the food science lab & test kitchen.
  • Develop and standardize sensory protocols to be used company-wide.
  • Research literature and existing innovations to transfer theory into empirical research in the lab / the kitchen.
  • Design, plan and execute experiments, gather and analyze data, document and report results, and make recommendations.
  • Conduct a wide range of analytical tests, sensory and consumer testing.
  • Leverage lab instrumentation like the texture analyzer, rheometer and moisture analyzer.
  • Iterate constantly on formulations, with both hands-on and digital tools.
  • Manage key relationships with external sensory and consumer testing partners.

In return, we will support you with:

  • We’ll work tirelessly to provide you a productive, safe, supportive and collaborative work environment.
  • Active transparency to let you actively contribute to every facet of the business.
  • Access to gym facilities.
  • No legacy overheads -- the freedom to define the best approach to solving problems, both technically and organisationally.
  • The resources you need to succeed.
  • High-stakes work that matters deeply to the company and the world. A mission for you to sink your skills and passion into.
  • Opportunities for meaningful ownership including equity position in the company.

About you:

  • You're a true foodie, obsessed with making incredible culinary products - understanding why people love certain foods.
  • You're proactive and thrive on ambiguity in the rapidly evolving world of a startup.
  • You're intimidatingly organised and raise the bar for everyone you work with.
  • You're great at managing all of the moving pieces in a project and rarely let things slip through the cracks.
  • You're kind, curious and enjoy learning new things.
  • You care that you’re building something that solves a problem and helps end users.

Selection Criteria:

Required experience / skills:

  • Master’s degree or PhD in Food Biotechnology, Food Science or related fields.
  • 5+ years of sensory science or product development experience - ideally involving commercialising a product through the stages of bench, pilot, and scale.
  • Strong proficiency in sensory analysis technologies and techniques.
  • Fundamental understanding of meat, food or flavour science on a molecular level.
  • Ability to think and work independently and manage multiple projects.
  • Proven track record of innovative research and development projects in startup or similar environments.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Good experience with project management.

Ideally you also have experience in:

  • Meat science, or working with meat products / meat analogues
  • Culinary, restaurant or fine dining industries.

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.

Full time

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