Impossible Foods

Redwood City, CA, USA

Posted on: 2022-02-23

Category: food

Employment type:

Full time

Experience required:



Salary not provided

Director of Food Safety Toxicology

About the company:

Hi. We're Impossible Foods, and we make meat, dairy and fish from plants. Our mission is to make the global food system truly sustainable by eliminating the need to make food from animals. Why? Animal agriculture uses a tremendous amount of the world's natural resources. In 2016, we launched our first product, the Impossible™ Burger. It's delicious, nutritious, and made using but a small fraction of the land, water and energy required to make meat from a cow.

The Nutrition, Health and Food Safety team is looking for a Director of Food Safety Toxicology who will be responsible for the non-microbial safety of products, ingredients and food processes. This individual will work closely with many other teams, including Regulatory, Analytics and R&D. 

You Will:

  • Set safety specs for products, ingredients and processing aids, including for environmental contaminants and intrinsic phytochemicals.
  • Develop a comprehensive non-microbial food safety screening program for products and ingredients.
  • Evaluate in-house and external processes for toxicity risk (e.g., residual solvents).
  • Collaborate on the design and analysis of any toxicology or human clinical studies.
  • Evaluate genetically modified strain changes for impact on final product. Familiarity with the Pariza and Johnson decision tree is helpful.

You Have:

  • PhD in chemistry, biochemistry, biology, physiology, toxicology or related field.
  • 10+ years of work experience in the field of toxicology.
  • Extensive food industry background.
  • FT (Institute of Food Technologists) experience.
  • Food Chemicals Codex and/ Codex Alimentarius experience.
  • Experience with genetically modified organisms used for food and ingredient production.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • A highly collaborative nature.
  • A passion for the mission of Impossible Foods.
At Impossible Foods, safety is our priority. Our obligation to our employees (and their families and communities) includes providing a fully vaccinated workplace. It is widely recognized that vaccination is by far the safest and most effective tool for protecting ourselves and our community against the spread of Covid-19. For the sake of our employees, their families, and communities, Impossible Foods will require vaccination by February 1, 2022 for all US-based employees who are on-site at one of IF’s facilities or co-manufacturing facilities; are in a position that requires them to be in person with co-workers, customers, clients, or contractors; or are traveling on behalf of the Company, including attending any in-person Company-sponsored event.

Impossible Foods Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. 

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If the ability to work remotely is indicated, this role can be performed from any US state except for Alaska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Hawaii, and Wisconsin.