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Fermentation Senior Scientist - Upstream Processing

Better Dairy

Better Dairy

Multiple locations · London, UK · England, UK
Posted on Thursday, June 13, 2024
About Us

Better Dairy is building the future of food by producing molecularly identical dairy without using any animals.

This allows us to provide consumers with delicious, nutritious and versatile dairy products without harmful effects to the planet and animals. By utilizing a series of technologies, including precision fermentation, we are rebuilding dairy from the ground up. Our products melt, stretch, pour and pop with umami like their originals just without lactose, antibiotics and hormones.

We've been ranked #7 on the 2024 Startups 100 Index in the UK and we're keen to make an impact and are equally as passionate about great tasting food and eating experiences. You will be joining a dynamic and diverse team that will be expanding rapidly. We are tackling a huge problem and are having a lot of fun along the way.

The Role

We are searching for a Fermentation Senior Scientist to join our Upstream Processing team. This is a critical role for the business in which the role holder will be responsible for leading the fermentation process of new dairy proteins within a wider Bioprocessing team. The successful applicant must be a curious and creative problem solver who can help us create a future-proof strategy within fermentation and scale-up.

We would love to meet candidates from a variety of backgrounds who have a passion for science and food. The successful candidate will be comfortable pitching in at every level and enjoys a high accountability/high autonomy environment.


  • Lead the fermentation process of new dairy proteins
  • Work to establish integrated workflows and solutions, building out the company’s core capabilities by introducing new technologies, identify technology bottlenecks plus drive for their resolution, and expand the company’s IP strategy by adding to its IP portfolio
  • Manage projects as a scientific lead to drive success within the fermentation engineering team and build on our mission and values
  • Provide technical guidance for yeast and filamentous fungi fermentation development at micro, bench, and scale-up levels, focusing on optimal workflows, safety and quality
  • Strong collaboration with adjacent teams, including strain engineering, downstream processing and analytics
  • Communicate technical information to a range of audience, including cross functional teams, non-technical leaders and junior staff
  • Coordinate with CDMO/CMOs and partnerships to oversee the execution of process scale-up campaigns and manufacturing efforts
  • Work with project managers to manage project milestone, KPIs, timelines, work plans, interdependencies, and budgets
  • Drive success within the upstream processing function and across the science team, while comfortably holding others accountable and leading and influencing others across the company to deliver objectives
  • Cultivate an environment where feedback is valued
  • This role will involve hands on establishment of fermentation processes with coached development strategy and leadership skills in parallel

Required Experience

  • A PhD in biology, biotechnology, biochemistry, bioprocessing or asimilar relevant area
  • 3-6 years of relevant experience post PhD
  • Expertise in fermentation process development, especially interfacing with strain engineering teams, including strategy, process improvement, troubleshooting, and problem solving
  • Proven experience in scaling up process from benchtop (4L DasGIP systems) bioreactors to > 10 L
  • Broad knowledge of microbiology, particularly in yeast
  • Excellent problem solving, ability to be creative in finding new solutions, and critical thinking skills, including strong attention to detail
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills, both verbally and in writing
  • The ability to analyse and summarise complex scientific data and communicate this to technical and non-technical audiences
  • Excellent organisation, planning, and time management skills
  • Self-motivation, a willingness to learn, independence and a proactive driving force of efficient execution
  • A team player who enjoys helping others to develop and thrives in a fast-paced and dynamic environment, where rapid change is the norm

Desirable Experience

  • At least 3 years of experience in an industrial environment leading projects in a fermentation team
  • Experience with filamentous fungi
  • Experience with CDMOs and other organizations for pilot-level scale-up
  • Experience with Design of Experiment software

Working at Better Dairy

Our core values are to be bold, kind and resilient.

Better Dairy is located in a brand new lab and office space in Hackney Wick. Our environment is genuinely diverse and collaborative. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package commensurate with qualifications and experience.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to any protected characteristics. We also embrace our diverse workforce and strive to create a climate where we celebrate our diversity in all forms by treating each other with respect, listening to different viewpoints, and creating a workplace where your authentic self belongs and thrives. We believe in an agile working culture for all our roles.

Some of the benefits you can expect as part of this role include:

  • 25 days of holiday, plus bank holidays
  • Access to Private Healthcare & Mental Health support apps
  • Share Option Scheme
  • Weekly team breakfast and monthly team lunch
  • Ongoing learning and development opportunities
  • On site Gym
  • Cycle2Work
  • Eye-care vouchers