Food Scientist

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Match criteria
  • Food
  • Flevoland
  • Utrecht
  • Overijssel
  • Gelderland
  • Procestechnologie
  • Productontwikkeling
  • Medior functie

Korte omschrijving

Protifarm is an Agri-tech scale up riding the wave of an ongoing increasing demand for more sustainable but nutritious food. In a fully automated breeding and rearing facility, based on vertical farming and distinguishing patented processing techniques, insect larvae of the Alphitobius diaperinus are converted into sustainable, high-quality, functional ingredients for the food and potentially nutraceutical industry.

Protifarm’s ingredients (sold under the brand AdalbaPro) show interesting functionalities like solubility, bite and structure.

Protifarm does believe in a market for edible insects. It is our ambition to solve global challenges of the food industry, our approach is realistic, simple but most of all, effective. We bridge the gap in consumer acceptance by producing (recognizable) functional ingredients for the food industry, for everyday recipes.

Wat ga je doen

Protifarm is looking for a Food Scientist and Process Engineer with a foodie attitude and an interest in application development. As a food scientist you develop continuous improvements of the existing AdalbaPro product range. Furthermore, you will pursue development of new ingredients from the buffalo larva; and communicate engineering requirements to process engineering team.

This role involves leading a small team to produce small scale ingredients from buffalo larva and translating those results into engineering requirements for further scale-up. The candidate is expected to be hands-on and support the scientific requirements of the engineering and scale-up. This may involve some labor-intensive commercial kitchen work to prepare samples and perform testing with support of the team. Additionally, the candidate will have an opportunity to supervise some research projects with Wageningen University and other research institutes as well as lead product and application development for the AdalbaPro ingredient line.

The ideal candidate may fill all roles described above but may also be suited to some of the role while undertaking other duties within Protifarm as aligned with their particular skills. A strong understanding of food science, protein chemistry, food microbiology, sanitation, and food engineering is important.

The candidate holds a vital role within the organization and needs to contribute to the strategy of Protifarm and develop a clear vision on the role of downstream processing within the organization and its future.

Waar ga je dit doen

The company was founded in 2015 and at his start acquired Kreca. Kreca is amongst the most recognized and respected insect producers in Europe, with in-house knowledge of and experience with the rearing of more than ten species of insects. Protifarm used the in-depth knowledge of Kreca and translated the breeding techniques into a fully automated and robotized environment for one specie, The Alphitobius diaperinus.

As part of Protifarm, Kreca continues to deliver their high-quality products and services in existing feed and food markets while Protifarm further aims to serve the international food ingredient and nutraceutical industry with its innovative products and techniques. Protifarm is based in Ermelo.

Wat heb je in huis

  • Enthusiasm and a drive to work and build on a sustainable food system
  • Ownership
  • Problem solving attitude
  • Sense of urgency
  • Entrepreneurial spirit
  • Analytical thinking
  • Ability to connect with different stakeholders in various levels, positions and disciplines

Masters or PhD in Food Science, Chemistry, Food Processing or Engineering or equivalent experience
3-5 year of experience in process management from the food or chemical industries, for example Dairy,

  • Meat (alternatives) or Fish/Shrimp industry or other food/process industries
  • Experience in product development of ingredients an asset
  • Experience with improving process and product management
  • Experience with working in a pilot plant and Laboratory
  • Experience with working in a R&D environment
  • Experience in working with research institutes and Universities an asset
  • Knowledge of application management
  • Excellent communication skills, written and spoken, in English


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