Shiru (S19)
Shiru leverages ML to create proteins to feed the world sustainably.

Director of Discovery

Emeryville, CA
Full-time
11+ years
About Shiru

At Shiru we believe that food should be delicious and nourishing without negatively affecting our planet. Acknowledging our growing global population as well as the imminent effects of climate change, Shiru’s mission is to create better protein ingredients that will catapult us into a sustainable food future.

With our mission in mind, Shiru makes high quality, functional food proteins through better leveraging our precious environmental resources. To do this, we employ technologies originally created to solve problems in adjacent industries, including computational biology, machine learning, and industrial fermentation and bioprocessing.

We apply computational intelligence to find the most functional natural food proteins in the world, harnessing the inherent ability of microflora to produce them. We then partner with food and beverage companies to incorporate these unique protein ingredients into everyday products. Shiru is now expanding our team of dedicated professionals across multiple disciplines to make enhanced protein ingredients for a better world.

About the role

Shiru’s Director of Discovery will lead a team of extraordinary researchers using technologies spanning molecular biology, protein chemistry, automation, as well as materials and food science to exploit the vast resources of the plant kingdom to make better food. The discovery team at Shiru is responsible for screening functional food proteins capable of replacing less sustainable ingredients. At Shiru we identify ideal food proteins by mining curated protein libraries, producing proteins via high throughput fermentation, and testing their properties in novel assays to screen for food functionality. Shiru’s discovery team develops novel assays, executes high-throughput protein production, performs large-scale data analysis, leads technology platform development, and aids in scientific consulting with customers. You will be responsible for the management and growth of scientists on the team, resource allocation, and delivering functional protein candidates that meet commercial project needs.

Your work will be critical to bringing sustainable, functional protein ingredients to market by cultivating a best in class team of interdisciplinary research scientists to identify ideal protein ingredients for a range of different applications. Your role at Shiru will be varied, with clear communication critical to your success. Ensuring that your team is fully integrated and well-aligned with the work of the company as a whole will guide you towards success in this position.

Technology

Shiru makes high quality, functional food proteins through better leveraging our precious environmental resources. To do this, we employ technologies originally created to solve problems in adjacent industries, including computational biology, machine learning, and industrial fermentation and bioprocessing.

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