Hunter + Esquire

Food Scientist

Hunter + Esquire - Oakland, CA

Our client, a science company that’s creating the most effective and reliable active ingredients for infused Cannabis product producers, has retained our search services to select a Food Scientist for its food-grade production operation. This role will report to the Founder / Chief Science Officer and offer a technical focus on packaging, safety, stability, regulatory, cGMP, organic, ingredient interactions, etc.

The successful candidate will be responsible for testing ingredients and finished products to ensure correct composition and to identify any health or quality control issues that need to be corrected. He or she will also participate in the R&D aspects of the job, including sample preparation, product testing, and new process trials. We’re looking for a professional with experience in quality assurance, compliance, data collection and interpretation as well as the storage and retrieval of samples in a laboratory setting.

The company is in startup mode with a small lab comprised of technical experts who understand formulation screening, basic stability testing & basic chemistry. They have resources for the knowledge and needs they do not have, but currently seek a new team member with a deeper understanding of analytical chemistry, food stability and safety testing / packaging (can packaging / can lining preferred!), oxidation testing, HPLC, etc. and ability to guide the rest of the team on these areas of expertise.


·Establish and lead the company’s analytical and other testing methods.

·Establish process and procedures for testing.

·Establish ways for the lab to be more efficient and take on more testing capabilities.

·Assist with the growth and development of lab capabilities with respect to testing.

·Support research and development effort and assist with new formulations as needed.

·Assist with lab obtainment of ISO or GMP certifications.

·Lead the addition of Oxidation and HPLC testing services to the current lab facilities when the build-out occurs within the next 12 months.

·Able to help the company further establish their in-house powder generation & spray drying capabilities.

·Perform basic chemical research, which includes designing and testing different formulations in the lab as well as on-site when necessary.

·Perform quality control tests on ingredients, completed products and product samples.

·Prepare samples prior to shipping them to customers.

·Analyze retrieved data and prepare reports for laboratory management.

·Follow all company policies and procedures to ensure product integrity and quality control.

·Assist with testing and calibrating lab equipment in preparation for specific task.

·Recognize and report any food safety issues.


·Bachelor’s degree required, preferred in general chemistry or chemical engineering.

·5+ years’ general laboratory experience required. Experience in food manufacturing is preferred.

·Experience working in food stability and safety testing.

·Experience with oxidation testing and analytical testing.

·Food testing and packaging testing knowledge.

·Analytical chemistry experience is strongly desired, but not required.

·HPLC experience is desirable.

·Knowledge of spray drying method is desirable.

·Understand basic analytical chemistry terms and be able to use basic chemistry analytical tools.

·Be able to present data in a clear fashion.

·Can follow instructions and perform step wise chemistry experiment, prefer to have scale up production experience (>300g batch).

·Capable of prioritizing tasks to meet goals and ensure product quality.

Compensation: base salary  + bonus + equity

Posted On: Thursday, July 11, 2019

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