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Fermentation Science R&D Lead



Kenya (Nairobi)

Natural Sciences







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Date posted:



About the Role

Essential is recruiting a Fermentation Science R&D Lead based in Kenya who will be responsible for research, development and optimization of our protein production processes: fungi physiology, fermentation media formulation, optimal process conditions.

The Science R&D Lead will be Essential’s lead scientist responsible for all aspects of our fermentation processes and leading all of Essential’s novel R&D. The Science R&D Lead will work closely with our teams to analyze data from our experiments and translate these into actionable next steps. The Science R&D Lead will collaborate closely with Essential’s Chief Technology Officer and operations team to improve our fermentation processes, biomass growth, and protein expression. This is an exciting opportunity to apply your expertise in fungal fermentation to the most important global health problems of our time.

About the Organisation

Essential is a new bioscience organization creating breakthrough solutions to tackle malnutrition and transform food systems. We are leveraging advances in fermentation to convert agricultural byproduct
into affordable, accessible, and climate-resilient proteins that can be integrated into products to prevent and treat malnutrition.

Our goal is to catalyze a new model of climate-resilient protein production in Sub-Saharan Africa and build a bioscience R&D engine in East Africa.

Essential was founded on the belief that advances in the sciences hold potential to transform the most important global problems. We are a passionate and fast-paced team focused on generating
breakthrough solutions for the world’s poor. We are audacious in our vision, ambitious in our thinking, and rigorous and humble in our approach. We have a presence in San Francisco, Nairobi, and Addis

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