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 a High Throughput Screening Associate / Automation Specialist to join our growing Bioanalytical Team. The successful candidate will be highly motivated with a solid experience in HTP assay development and execution using liquid handling robots and related automation tools. This position will work cross functionally to understand, miniaturize, and run automated assays to support the rapid development of new production cultures and processes, and will directly contribute to Zero Acre Farm’s mission to remove destructive vegetable oils from our food system.

Responsibilities

  • Lead implementation and execution of high-throughput automated assays and workflows
  • Miniaturize and execute small scale fermentation screening and multi-step sample preparation for GC and LCMS analyses
  • Write scripts within existing commercial platform-specific software to drive operation of laboratory instruments and robotics for biological screening
  • Maintain laboratory automation instruments to support colony picking, liquid handling, plate management, and sample analysis, including Tecan Evo, Molecular Devices Qpix and Plate Readers, Agilent Bravo and Plate Sealer, Integra Viaflo and other
  • Organize and support validation and QC of automated screening protocols
  • Lead simplification and streamlining of HTP workflows with an eye for statistical precision, robustness, and time and material efficiencies
  • Collaborate with LIMS team to ensure robust sample tracking and data capture

Requirements

  • BS or MS degree in biology, biochemistry, bioengineering, chemistry, chemical engineering or equivalent with 2+ years of relevant industry experience
  • Experience operating automated liquid handling systems
  • Proven ability to develop screening assays and to optimize conditions to reduce variability
  • Strong data and statistics background applied to HTP screening
  • Direct experience with programming and management of a Tecan-Evo200
  • Experience with sterile techniques, HTP fermentation, solvent handling, and HTP preparation of samples for a diversity of biochemical, spectroscopic, and analytical assays
  • Familiarity with LIMS environments and statistical software packages, ability to script simple data analysis using R, Python, Matlab or similar are highly desirable
  • Strong communication skills
  • Strong time management and organizational skills with a keen attention to detail
  • Thrive in a fluid, dynamic start-up environment building capabilities from the ground up

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
  • 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!

*Title and compensation will be commensurate with experience