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Academic Research Advisor

 Academic Research Advisor

Advise and Mentor the Next Generation Focused on Saving the World

The Good Food Institute (GFI) is on the forefront of the movement to use food technology and markets to solve some of the world’s biggest problems, from climate change and global hunger to antibiotic efficacy and the exploitation of billions of animals annually. The Good Food Institute’s Academic Research Advisor will have a far reaching role in ensuring that a good food future materializes as quickly and efficiently as possible. At GFI, you will work with the world’s top universities and students who are focused on discovering innovative solutions to develop the best possible alternatives to conventional animal agriculture and conducting research to address fundamental gaps in the science and technology of plant-based and "clean" meat, dairy, and eggs.

How You Will Make a Difference
As GFI’s Academic Research Advisor, you will supervise and mentor our talented team of enthusiastic science interns and fellows, serve as GFI’s formal co-advisor for students pursuing GFI-articulated research projects in university settings, and coordinate student entrepreneurship and innovation competitions like the UC Berkeley Sutardja Center Challenge Labs and Colliders in collaboration with GFI’s Science & Technology team. You will do this by:
  • Connecting students looking for research opportunities in the plant-based and clean food fields with faculty and university labs, as well as with external funding opportunities to pursue their research.
  • Directing the focus of student research projects in plant-based or clean food labs to address the most pressing and important questions in the field, as identified by GFI’s scientists.
  • Developing and implementing science and technology courses and labs related to plant-based and clean food at top universities across the country.
  • Supporting the development of academic and student initiatives (such as the Cellular Agriculture Academic Society, CAAS) focused on inspiring the next generation of professionals dedicated to pursuing and promoting plant-based or clean foods.
Who We’re Looking For
We are seeking smart, thoughtful, and creative self-starters who want to push back against climate change, transform industrial animal agriculture, and develop healthy and humane foods that are accessible to everyone.

The Academic Research Advisor must have hands-on academic research experience, exceptional verbal communication and writing abilities, strong organizational and interpersonal skills, experience working with undergraduate and graduate students, and enthusiasm about GFI’s mission. You will enjoy a high level of autonomy in this role and must be self-motivated, work well both independently and in concert with a larger group, and be comfortable working with a rapidly evolving and growing team.

We are considering candidates with a master’s degree or higher (some postdoctoral research or Ph.D. preferred) in a related scientific or engineering field who have at least one year of academic research experience. A strong preference will be given to candidates who have authored peer-reviewed research publications and who have experience mentoring college students.

Enjoy full medical coverage, optional dental and vision packages, a 401(k) retirement plan, working from home, flexible holiday and vacation plans, room for advancement, respectful managers, and supportive colleagues at The Good Food Institute!
(Please Note: We are only able to consider applicants who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States, or who already possess a United States Worker Visa. All applicants must live in the United States.)

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement: Women, people of color, people with disabilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, the Good Food Institute does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, pregnancy, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran. GFI complies with applicable federal, state, and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the organization operates. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

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