The Research Associate will be our analytical and food chemistry lead focusing on tannins characterization and separation techniques. The candidate will work alongside our sommelier and senior flavor chemist to map and recreate flavors of existing wines and tannin sources. Other core responsibilities include general lab operations as we are a small team. Starting date ASAP.
What we’re looking for
-M.S. or higher in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Food Science, or a related field
-Extensive wet lab experience with tannin analysis
-Experience with general lab management (safety, regulatory, logistics)
-You will be working on a small team of diverse talents and experiences. The only things that are sacrosanct are (1) deadlines and (2) the Scientific Method.
-You should have a demonstrated track record of success in progressive environments that shun both dogma and hierarchy. For this position, we have a strong preference for smarts and creativity over experience.
-You have a highly analytical mind with impeccable attention to detail. You aren’t afraid to articulate ideas and you aren’t afraid to be wrong.
-A startup work environment appeals to you. You worked hard for what you have in life and you’re willing to work harder for more.
-You’re able to laugh at yourself.
Ava is a venture-backed food technology startup based in San Francisco. We create wines without grapes or fermentation by analyzing their molecular profiles to recreate and perfect them. We started Ava with the goal of making the great vintages accessible to all. Ava's mission is to recreate the experience of wine without having to recreate the process of traditional winemaking.
We believe foods will be designed the way clothing is designed and printed with the ease that we print on paper today. The future of creating foods with total control can't be realized if we don't understand the "inks" that will be used to print these foods.
Ava's pursuit of the molecular reconstruction of food will help push the envelope of the food tech revolution.
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