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Job: Research Fellow, The Good Food Institute, Remote, United States


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.