The Good Food Institute US is seeking an independent contractor based in the United States to help identify high-priority white spaces and suggest promising research directions.
The Research Fellow will be responsible for:
- Proposing 4-6 high-priority research white spaces from a list identified by GFI scientists as areas of focus for the Research Fellow project in alignment with interests and expertise.
- Conducting a literature review to understand what specific research strategies or other interventions are likely to be effective for these priority white spaces.
- Communicating findings and recommendations through new entries in the Solutions Database.
- If applicable, creating graphics to aid in the communication of ideas.
- Incorporating feedback from other team members before publication in the database.
The Research Fellow will decide which solutions to focus on in collaboration with GFI scientists. Approximately 4-6 solutions will be chosen from the following list:
- Cultivated, fermentation-derived, or hybrid surimi.
- Consumer and sensory research for alternative fish product development.
- Cell line development from food-relevant aquatic species.
- Controlling fat profiles in cultivated crustacean meat.
- Controlling myogenesis in cultivated mollusc meat.
- Investigating novel combinations of scaffolding technologies for complex whole-cut CM.
- Naturally adhesive food-grade scaffolding materials.
- Novel optimized / scalable bioreactor technologies.
- Maintaining sterile bioreactor conditions at reasonable costs.
- High-performance oxygen carriers for cultivated meat.
- Enabling optimization of fatty acid profiles by understanding tradeoffs between nutritional and organoleptic properties.
- Taking advantage of synergies between alternative proteins and other climate solutions.
The Research Fellow must have:
- M.Sc. or Ph.D. preferred; candidates currently pursuing an M.Sc. or Ph.D. will be considered.
- Ideally, coursework or experience related to one or more of the following areas (or similar): alternative proteins, agriculture, food science, cell and molecular biology, cell culture from livestock or seafood species, scaffold biomaterials, tissue engineering, bioprocessing, nutrition, fatty acid chemistry, sensory analysis, or related topics.
- Strong writing skills.
- Experience conducting literature reviews.
- Motivation to learn about new topics.
- Strong support for GFI’s philosophy and mission; demonstrated interest in public health, environmentalism, animal protection, or hunger relief.
The Fine Print
- Position Type: Independent Contractor
- Position Term: 10 hours a week for 16 weeks
- Reports to: Claire Bomkamp, Ph.D., Lead Scientist, Cultivated Meat and Seafood
- Location: Remote; United States
- Stipend: $4800, paid biweekly in 8 equal installments of $600. (To ensure organizational equity, GFI does not negotiate pay.)
Read more here. The closing date is 30 March 2023.