Vacancy: Head of Food Science

Will you write history with the development of your cheese from microbially obtained protein?

We are looking for a Head of Food Science with a strong interest and experience in dairy proteins and taking novel food ingredients from applied research to commercialization. The successful candidate should be a team player with a creative mindset. A person that enjoys challenges, with a passion for food, sustainability and health.

Job description

  • Lead the cheese development activities with our microbially produced milk proteins
  • Leading the Food Science team
  • Create vegan cheese prototypes and characterize the chemical, physical and sensory properties
  • Managing the designed experiments in the lab/food kitchen, followed by data collection, data analysis and data interpretation
  • Coordinate and manage external research collaborations
  • Contribute to IP generation
  • Collaborate with the different departments (upstream and downstream processing) from a food and functionality perspective
  • Collaborate with our cheese expert consultants, as well as our external partners

Your profile

  • Academic degree in Food Science or Food (Bio)technology
  • Min. 5 years experience in the field of food proteins
  • A good knowledge of (novel) food ingredients and their functionality (you know all about taste and texture!)
  • An analytical mindset and the ability to translate research data into product development
  • Ability to think innovatively
  • A good team motivator and willing to take initiative to get projects accomplished
  • Flexible within a start-up environment, able to take on a variety of tasks
    Great communication, organization and collaborative skills

It’s a plus, if you have

  • Hands-on experience with developing novel products, and processes in dairy and/or alt-dairy
  • Experience in cheese manufacturing (traditional and/or vegan)
  • Hands-on experience with texture analysis, rheology, and emulsification techniques
  • Familiarity with novel food regulations

Why join

Working as a Vegan Cowboy family member (cheesy but true), means excellent career perspectives in a rapidly growing field, your very own cowboy name (which yes, will be used) and proud ownership of a share in the company through our personnel participation program. Shared with your colleagues, you will own 20% to be exact.

Are you our new Head of Food Science?

Please drop us a note at If you have any questions about this vacancie, please contact Belinda Hunziker by mail or phone + 32 (0)9 261 77 00.

Vacancy online since 2022-10-31 by Those Vegan Cowboys
Technologiepark 82
9052 Gent – Zwijnaarde

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