Clara Foods is currently seeking a talented and innovative Process Engineer to join our R&D Manufacturing department located at our South San Francisco, CA. As a process engineer, you will have the opportunity to participate in activities directly related to different aspects of downstream process development and industrialization of animal free animal proteins. You will be a key figure to work on purifying transformative ingredients and change the existing food system.

Reports to: Senior Process Engineer

FLSA Status: Exempt, Full Time

Location: South San Francisco, CA

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Drive improvements in yield, quality, and efficiency in downstream processes across various products using different techniques.
  • Support scale-up scale-down experiments and work to creatively find solutions for at scale problems
  • Be a technical resource for internal manufacturing, business development, and external manufacturing teams to troubleshoot problems on the floor and recommend solutions
  • Manage external vendors, recommend equipment, and arrange for purchase of equipment and parts adhering to quality standards and necessary specifications.
  • Execute downstream processing using various methods not limited to centrifugation, filtration (UF/DF), chromatography, flocculation, precipitation, etc. on a routine weekly basis
  • Be a subject matter expert in all unit operations and have the ability to pick up new equipment quickly
  • Have the ability to be an independent contributor and work under ambiguity
  • Structure back end data processing and convert existing SQL data into visual results and derive conclusions.
  • Support the upstream processing team in ongoing projects and processes.
  • Travel may be required for 2-4 weeks at a time to support tech transfer at commercial partners


Skills and abilities:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree with 2-4 years of experience of demonstrated downstream experience at scale would be highly preferred
  • Existing knowledge about upstream, downstream processes and the ability to link upstream broth to downstream purified finished product
  • Existing knowledge and prior experience in food/pharmaceutical GMP facilities
  • Must have prior experience in the lab and have good aseptic technique to work in the biosafety cabinet.
  • Basic knowledge of SQL, R, Tableau to support data processing and analysis.
  • Good communicator and be comfortable with handling simultaneous tasks.
  • Authorized to work in the United States for Clara Foods


What Clara Can Offer

  • Generous benefits package; 100% medical, dental, and vision employee coverage, 401k matching, and stock
  • Optional benefits; Dependent coverage, FSA, HSA, Commuter, Pet Care, and additional life insurance
  • Flexible PTO and 10 paid company holidays per year
  • Free parking, unlimited gym access, lounge, mini-golf patio, yoga and fitness classes onsite
  • Unlimited supply of sparkling water, granola bars, snacks, local coffee and tea
  • Weekly virtual happy hours & lunches
  • Monthly all-hands meetings and 1:1 with CEO and leadership
  • Close to South San Francisco BART and Cal Train stations, including free shuttle service


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