Why We Exist

Fat is good. "Vegetable" oils are bad. Bad for us. Bad for the planet. How bad?

Vegetable oils are terrible for human health. Regular consumption is shown to increase the risk of death by 62%, more than moderate smoking. They're also killing the planet. Four of the top five greenhouse gas emitting crops are industrially produced seed oils. And they are hidden everywhere. The average American consumes a staggering 20% of their calories from vegetable oils.

We're on a mission to replace these "vegetable" oils in the food system. We believe they are the biggest problem when it comes to both rising rates of chronic disease and agricultural impact on climate change and ecosystem destruction. We're using the ancient art of fermentation to make healthier and more sustainable oils and fats. We need your help! Read below to see if your skills can help us make this a movement that changes the world.

About Us

We’re a team of food lovers, nutrition believers, innovators, doctors, PhD’s, and problem solvers. We believe in taking care of our health and our planet’s health without sacrificing the foods we love. We started Zero Acre Farms out of concern for what we’re all involuntarily putting into our bodies and the profound effect it’s having on our health and the natural world.

Zero Acre Farms is backed by an incredible group of investors, including mission-driven VC’s, celebrities, influencers, and change makers.

The Role

Zero Acre Farms is seeking an experienced process development engineer to support development and commercialization of new products. As a member of the Process Development and Scale Up team, the incumbent will conduct DSP process development at bench and pilot scale, development and utilize Techno-Economic analyses, transfer processes between sites, and support successful implementation of production processes at commercial scale.

Responsibilities include design and execution of experiments in our internal laboratory as well as coordinating work at external CRO/CMOs. This hands-on position will also play a key role in building out our internal DSP Process Research laboratory capabilities.

Responsibilities

  • Conduct DSP process development at pilot scale, transfer processes to commercial scale, and support initial commercial scale production
  • Perform hands-on downstream processing (DSP) process research at lab scale to support commercially-scalable process research and development
  • Conduct process and/or equipment testing at CRO/CMO and equipment vendor facilities
  • Support development and maintenance of Techno-Economic analyses for Zero Acre Farms’ products, providing process definition, experimental data, and process models as necessary
  • Establish and expand DSP laboratory capabilities as needed, including selecting, acquiring and setting up equipment

Requirements

Minimum Qualifications:

  • BS to PhD in Chemical Engineering or relevant field and 10 years of industry bioprocess experience
  • Demonstrated experience in developing DSP separation and purification processes for fermentation broth
  • Demonstrated experience in scaling processes from lab to pilot or plant scale, including performing on-site support
  • Experience with a range of commercially-applicable unit operations such as cell isolation, extraction, liquid-liquid and liquid-solid separations, distillation, drying, filtration, chromatography, etc
  • Hands-on experience conducting development work at lab and/or pilot scale
  • Thorough knowledge of chemical engineering principles and familiarity with fermentation and biochemical processes
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Desire to work in a fast-moving team-based environment

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with food-grade development and production
  • Strong background in chemistry
  • Experience building and/or utilizing Techno-Economic Analyses and Process Models

What We Offer

  • The excitement and purpose of a mission-driven startup and the stability of a well-funded company with experienced founders and executives at the helm
  • Empowered team members with minimal bureaucracy
  • Competitive salary and meaningful equity
  • Flexible vacation time (minimum 2 weeks)
  • Focus on uninterrupted deep work time every day
  • Medical, dental, vision, long-term disability, life coverage, health and dependent care FSA (flexible spending account). 401k coming soon!
  • Additional perks like Audible membership and free books
  • Fun and engaging community. Work with driven, ambitious, health-conscious people who care about their work

A Note From Our Founders

The majority of Americans are sick. Let that sink in. More people have a chronic disease than not in this country! 6 out of 10. And a hundred years ago, almost no one had a chronic disease. Our healthy life expectancy is decreasing for the first time in recorded history. Our solution so far has been more prescription drugs (in 2018, the average American filled eighteen prescriptions).

Our planet is also being destroyed by the day. The Amazon loses about 2 football fields of rainforest every minute, mostly to grow industrial monocrops like seed oils that make us sick. Species extinction is at an all time high. Some projections say we only have 60 harvests left before our soil doesn't support any more life.

The real issue? These problems are interconnected. We're destroying the planet to grow food that makes us sick.

How is this not one of the most important, urgent, and talked about issues of our generation? We want to change that. We want to slow down and ideally reverse the skyrocketing rates of chronic disease and environmental impact caused by what we eat. We truly believe that we can save millions of lives, as well as millions of acres of rainforest, if we are successful in our mission of replacing destructive vegetable oils in our food supply.

That’s what drives us, and we hope you’ll join us.

Apply

If you are interested in applying, please include a brief cover letter, and tell us about your relevant experience, why you're interesting in this role, and what you do in your own life to improve your health and the health of the planet!

*Title and compensation will be commensurate with experience