Why We Exist

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

Increased consumption of vegetable oils 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 one of the biggest problems 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, PhDs, 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 VCs, celebrities, influencers, and change-makers

The Role

Zero Acre Farms is seeking an associate engineer to support development and commercialization of new products. As a member of the Process Development and Scale Up team, the successful candidate will support and execute experiments in the Down Stream Processing (DSP) Laboratory, as well as provide support for process development across scales, transfer of processes between sites, and initial manufacturing.

Responsibilities

  • Performing hands-on DSP experimentation at lab scale to support commercially-scalable process definition and development
  • Analyzing test samples and/or preparing and shipping samples for external analysis
  • Interfacing with other Zero Acre teams, such as Fermentation, Bioanalytical, etc. to successfully execute experiments and evaluate results
  • Keeping organized records of experimental data
  • Supporting Zero Acre test work at external organizations, if necessary
  • Support expansion of DSP laboratory capabilities as needed, including setting up and troubleshooting equipment and authoring SOPs
  • Maintaining a clean, operable, and organized DSP Lab

Requirements

Minimum Qualifications:

  • BS or MS in Chemical Engineering, Biochemical Engineering, or relevant field
  • Proven excellence and high achievement in previous technical and non-technical work
  • Rigorous attention to detail in experimental preparation, execution, and documentation
  • Ability to operate or experience in operating a range of laboratory-scale unit operations such as centrifugation, distillation, drying, evaporation, extraction, filtration, etc.
  • Familiarity with basic statistical concepts
  • Knowledge of chemical engineering principles
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Desire to work in a fast-moving team-based environment
  • Ability to be an adaptive, resourceful, and quick learner
  • Ability to travel 0-15% of time, if necessary

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Up to 2 years of industry laboratory experience
  • Basic familiarity with fermentation and biochemical processes
  • Basic understanding of any analytical methods, including NMR, liquid and gas chromatography, titration, DSC, etc.

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 interested in this role, and what you do in your own life to improve your health and the health of the planet!