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Sensory Technician
Posted on 8/10/2022
Menlo Park, CA, USA
Experience Level
Desired Skills
Data Analysis
  • High School diploma or equivalent, AS or BS preferred
  • 1-3 years of experience in a food lab or food pilot plant (pharmaceutical, biochemical and/or food)
  • Enthusiasm for science, and self-motivated to make significant contributions in a team environment
  • Experience with kitchen or food prep and basic understanding of kitchen equipment (oven, griddle, knife use and safety)
  • Full written and verbal fluency in English
  • Experience using basic computer applications (e.g. Google Suite email and calendar) and internal communication (e.g. email, Slack, etc)
  • Ability to work with diverse, dynamic teams effectively
  • Self-motivated individual with good communication skills and strong organizational skills
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks concurrently and show flexibility with last-minute changes
  • Comfortable using math for formulation calculations
  • Ability to continuously establish and maintain excellent record keeping, inventory, and accountability
  • Ability to independently troubleshoot issues when applicable
  • Ability to work independently and ask questions when applicable
  • Work in a laboratory test kitchen to prepare, cook, and serve food samples for the Sensory and Perceptual Research (S&P) team related panels
  • Schedule and support Sensory panels
  • Write standard operating procedures (SOPs), organize data, and document test results
  • Follow detailed written protocols for lab and lab kitchen work
  • Maintain stocks and inventory of food components, samples, ingredients, and supplies
  • Maintain a clean, sanitary, organized and safe workplace
  • Clean and sanitize commercial cooking equipment in the lab kitchen after use
  • Support project teams to produce samples for sensory, analytics, and consumer testing
  • Support multiple projects with general lab kitchen tasks
  • Must demonstrate excellent record keeping and accountability
  • Communicate effectively with panel leaders, S&P team members, and Lab Kitchen personnel in sharing resources such as space and cooking equipment
  • Manage serving and timing logistics for sensory testing, including but not limited to allocating appropriate amount of time for organizing samples and ballots, as well as prompt cooking and serving times
  • Work onsite and arrive in a timely manner to accommodate prompt and organized setup to uphold on-time tasting schedules
  • Coordinate sample logistics for validation testing (may involve occasional heavy lifting)
  • Work shifts Monday - Friday; 40 hours per week
Impossible Foods

501-1,000 employees

Plant-based Meat
Company Overview
Impossible Foods' mission is to make our global food system truly sustainable. The company is developing plant-based alternatives to meat.
  • Paid mission days - Get paid to spend two days a year reconnecting with our mission! Spend it in nature or team up with colleagues to serve local communities and contribute to the greater good.
  • Generous time off policy - We offer 4 weeks paid time off, 10 paid holidays, and 2 floating holidays, so you’ll be able to take the time you need to relax and recharge.
  • Health & wellness - To keep your body and mind healthy, we offer premium medical coverage, emotional support resources, and access to a fitness center at our Redwood City Headquarters
  • Generous equity package - We offer meaningful ownership in our company so all employees can share in Impossible Foods’ success.
  • Financial security - To help you feel financially supported, no matter what the future holds, we offer 401k plans, life insurance, and disability insurance.
  • Commuter benefits - Save hundreds per year on commuter fees.
Company Values
  • Lead with Heart - Love what you do and care about the people around you. (Seriously!) Be kind and generous. Assume others have good intentions. Communicate with empathy and honesty, including when you are providing feedback. Share and welcome new information and ideas, particularly those that challenge convention. Kindness, empathy and honesty make the difference between a bunch of people who happen to work at the same corporation and a team coming together to tackle the world’s most formidable challenge.
  • Stand up for what's right - Stand up against injustice, intolerance, and racism when you see it. Build and nurture diverse teams that reflect our global mission. Empower every single individual to fully harness their unique talents, personalities and perspectives. Be an ally, advocate, coach, mentor and sponsor. Recognize, mitigate and eradicate unconscious bias. We are a stronger company when we are informed by diverse backgrounds, experiences and points of view.
  • Think like scientists -Embrace your curiosity. Challenge assumptions. Recognize that there’s a lot we still need to discover and figure out to achieve our mission. Require evidence and reject dogma. Question the conventional wisdom in science, food and the business world -- until evidence proves otherwise. Discover the truth with a scientific approach to everything, across all departments.
  • Go for 10^12 - We need to replace 10^12 lbs of animal products to achieve our mission. 10^11 lbs won’t save the world. Being a successful food company isn’t enough. Even being the most successful food company in history isn’t enough. We need to grow exponentially, doubling in scale every year for the next 15. That means not only growing the scale of our impact and our business every year, but scaling faster and faster every year. We need to keep investing in exponential growth, and betting on our success well before a return is guaranteed. What feels big now, in 5 years or even in 10 years will look tiny in our rearview mirror.
  • Blast ahead! - Go for the most ambitious goals. Find a way through, over or around the obstacles. Bias towards action. When in doubt, take initiative. Don’t let fear of failure or criticism stop you. Almost everything we need to do will be risky, hard and controversial -- but given the urgency of our mission, the opportunity cost of avoiding risk, delaying action or thinking small is the biggest risk of all. We won’t make 10^12 impact without repeatedly trying things that we know might fail -- and often they will. Creating crazy-ambitious experiments -- and learning when they fail -- is good science, good business and the only way we will succeed.