microTERRA is a fast-growing Mexican biotech startup focused on solving 3 of the world’s most urgent and important challenges: protecting water resources, improving the economics of fish farmers, and sustainably addressing the growing demand for proteins. We have developed a sustainable, scalable, and affordable process to cultivate the protein-rich lemna plant in fish farms, reducing wastewater run-off and producing a reliable supply of plant-based proteins for the animal feed industry. We pay back the farms, generating a financial incentive for the aquaculture industry to adopt more sustainable wastewater treatment practices.

Founded in 2018 with a mission to transform our food system and protect our waterways, microTERRA has won several international agritech and cleantech competitions, raised non-dilutive capital from prestigious institutions like Echoing Green, National Geographic and Columbia University, and recently closed a pre-seed round in 2020 wth the biotech program IndieBio as our main investor. We are currently running lemna cultivation pilots in fish farms across Mexico and are looking for our next Chief of Product to join our highly-accomplished management team and lead the development of our lemna-based feed ingredient, aligned with the business strategy and the mission.

What you will work on: 

R&D

  • Develop the sustainable, scalable and affordable production processes for lemna-based specialty ingredients out of lemna cultivated in microTERRA’s fish farms
  • Benchmark downstream processes and costs for green protein concentration and extraction, based on literature and experimental data
  • Create roadmaps for the lemna protein product development, starting with MVP phase and further on scale-up phase
  • Validate that our lemna cultivation process on the farm generates a high-end product without altering its nutritional properties, its naturalization nor its functionality
  • Elaborate technical datasheets and cost-benefit analysis to promote microTERRA’s lemna ingredients to the feed industry

Strategy

  • Participate in microTERRA’s business strategy, leading the product development vision from a scientific perspective and in partnership with the business development and the lemna production growth process
  • Create and lead the research & development team
  • Manage the R&D budget and report results and KPIs to the CEO
  • Participate in and nurtuer microTERRA’s company culture along with other C-level team members

What you bring:

  • MSc in Food Science Engineering, Bioprocess Engineering, Chemical Engineering (PhD preferred, Msc accepted), specializing in green protein extraction and isolation
  • Fundamental knowledge and proven experience of at least 5 years on developing protein downstreaming processes as well as experience on performing process design, yield and cost optimization
  • Deep technical knowledge and expertise in implementation and optimization of unit operations in green protein separations, isolation and purification including but not limited to membrane filtration, coagulation, mechanical separations, chromatography, evaporation, drying etc. Experience in scale-up of these processes from bench to pilot to commercial is a plus
  • Experience in high-demand professional environments, either agro corporations, biotech/food tech startups or R&D projects
  • Track record of leading projects and developing relationship with internal or external manufacturing operations
  • Familiarity with regulatory requirements for manufacturing feed and food ingredients
  • Interest and basic experience in the plant-based industry and the potential of plant-based protein sources
  • Excellent oral and written communication in English and Spanish

Our team members are:

  • Results-focused with a drive to succeed and to achieve high performance
  • Naturally curious and proactive, real team players and looking for collective opportunities to create something big in terms of impact
  • Passionate about the development of sustainable innovation to transform our food system and protect our waterways

What microTERRA offers:

  • Joining a passionate team, commited to solving the water crisis by developing inovative circular solutions to treat aquaculture wastewater
  • Workable days: from Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm with flexibility
  • Remote work as long as Covid-19 restrains office work and traveling, but with the perspective of getting back to a hybrid way of working between remote and office work in Mexico City (to be defined depending on your present residence)
  • Salary: negotiable upon experience and credentials
  • Equity: vested stock options offer upon completion of 3-month trial and the closure of the seed round of funding
  • Benefits: Mexican legal benefit package and 30 days of paid holidays

To apply, send us your CV at job@microterra.com.mx, with a letter telling us about you and why yu’re the best candidate to be our future Chief of Product. We want to know you! Don’t hesitate in telling us honestly about your experience and interest in joining our team.

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