Bioprocess Engineer in Emeryville CA

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Finless Foods
Bioprocess Engineer
Job ID: 
Emeryville CA
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Job Types:
Process Engineer, Research Technician
Employment Type:
Full Time

About Finless

At Finless Foods, our mission is simple – we want to create a future for seafood where the ocean thrives. Every day, we work toward this by creating delicious, alternative seafood products that help you satisfy your cravings without bait or a hook. We are using ground-breaking (or rather ocean-breaking) plant and cell culture technology to revolutionize how the world sources delicious and sustainable food. Good for us. Good for the ocean.

These are our values: 

  • Be driven to create a future for seafood where the ocean thrives

  • Produce safe, healthy, and great-tasting food

  • Urgently commit to a flourishing ocean and waterways

  • Respect coastal communities and their relationship with the ocean

  • Foster a diverse culture of people and knowledge

  • Believe people want to help and that we can offer them a helping hand.

Our Culture

At Finless Foods, we are passionate about supporting our employees’ growth, both personally and professionally. We want you to be proud of having ‘Finless Foods’ on your resume, and we want you to be a crucial part of making Finless’ unique culture what it is.

We value: 

  • Emotional intelligence - The ability to be both self and socially aware and effectively manage yourself and your social relationships, including your Finless teammates.

  • Building trust through transparency - The ability to communicate by leading with transparency and honesty, even when it's difficult

  • Proactively supporting your teammates - The ability to identify and proactively offer support to your teammates (because we succeed together)

  • Looking for opportunities in failure - The ability to frame losses as learnings and growth opportunities because this is the building block of success 

At Finless, we integrate these values daily, and they also are a core part of our annual individual and team evaluations. We’re looking for individuals who will take these to heart as much as we do. 

Position Description

As a Bioprocess Engineer, you will support animal cell cultivation and bioprocess development under supervision for scaled manufacturing. As an integral member of the R&D group, you will collaborate with the Cell Biology, Tissue Engineering, and Food Science groups. The successful candidate will utilize their knowledge in bioprocessing technologies and experience scaling up animal cell culture to support and help achieve Finless Food’s mission. Salary and title will be commensurate with experience.

Key Responsibilities

  • Assist in implementing the bioprocess engineering systems that enable Finless Foods to commercialize its technology

  • Scale growth of animal cell culture from benchtop and pilot-scale bioreactors toward industrial scales for manufacturing

  • Assist in upstream bioprocess development and media optimization

  • Define parameters to increase growth and production of cell cultures for scaled production

  • Assist in evaluating and implementing new engineering technologies/systems for continual improvement 

  • Work with outside vendors and resources where appropriate and assist in external projects required to accomplish project goals

  • Use the electronic laboratory notebook (ELN) system for rigorous documentation of experimental procedures and data 

  • Contribute to regulatory submissions and inspections as appropriate as a subject matter expert representing our bioprocess

  • Perform other tasks as assigned by supervisor

  • Communicate effectively and present work-related results to supervisor, project teams, and all functional groups

Experience, Skills, and Attributes

  • BS with 2+ years of experience or MS in bioengineering, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, biotechnologies, biochemistry, life sciences, or a closely related field

  • Experience in cultivating animal cell culture in adherent (e.g., 2D tissue culture) and non-adherent formats (e.g., shake and spinner flasks)

  • Experience in operating various types and scales of bioreactors for bioprocess development and media optimization

  • Experience in cell line development is desirable.

  • Understanding of GMP and relevant ISOs is desirable

  • A plus is an experience in using a Design-of-Experiment (DOE) approach for bioprocess optimization of animal cell culture in a bioreactor system.

  • Experience in analytical data acquisition and analytical instrument maintenance

  • Resourceful, well organized, highly dependable, efficient, and detail-oriented

  • Familiarity with G Suite/MS Office and an electronic laboratory notebook (ELN) system is desirable.

  • Excellent organization and communication skills, written and oral in English.

  • Great team player with strong interpersonal and collaboration skills

Position Details

  • Competitive salary with the industry – Actual salaries will vary and may be above or below the range based on factors including but not limited to location, experience, and performance.

  • Unlimited PTO

  • Flexible Schedule

  • 401k

  • Medical, dental & vision

  • Access to well-being tools and development opportunities

  • Legal authorization to work in the U.S. is required. 

  • In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

  • Be part of the change for a better world.

Work Environment/Physical Demands

This position involves working primarily in a laboratory setting. As such, this position requires the ability to stand or sit at the bench, lift laboratory equipment to 40 lbs, use standard laboratory equipment, and computers and office equipment. The position requires communication with other individuals through a variety of methods.


Finless Foods Inc is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, mental or physical disability, and genetic information, marital status, citizenship status, military status, protected veteran status, membership in any other legally protected category.

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We strive to create an inclusive environment, empower employees and embrace diversity. We encourage everyone to respond.

We sincerely appreciate the time and effort you spent contacting us, and we thank you for your interest in Finless.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Due to many applications, only applicants moving on to the next round will be contacted.

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