Lead Scientist (all genders)

Permanent employee, Full-time · München

Life is short, do stuff that matters.

With Happy Ocean Foods, we're shaping the future of food today. Good for you and the oceans.

We achieved a lot in our first 2,5 years and things really will take off in 2023. Now YOU can join us in continuing to build the company.

As Lead Scientist (all genders) you are part of our Product Team and bring high R&D value with your knowledge to our company. Your overall goal is to strengthen the in-house R&D capabilities and broaden the Happy Ocean Foods product range.

Your main focus ​will be to work within our two-year R&D project to launch a new generation of fish fillets based on the technology of ​wet extrusion and fermentation in collaboration with the research institute Fraunhofer IVV in Freising.

++ Please note: we will collect applications until the end of January and start the recruiting process in February. ++
Your tasks
  • You lead, manage and execute our R&D project "new generation of fish fillets". You are responsible and have the opportunity to bring these new great products alive. 

  • You improve our signature product Happy Ocean Shrymps and have a clear focus on specific characteristics of the Shrymps that we've chosen to improve.

  • You oversee and manage the whole product development from ideation to commercialization and with your can-do mentality you conquer any challenges that may arise. 

  • You develop and mentor one Food Scientist and one R&D intern, provide them with guidance and technical knowledge as well as support.

Your profile
  • You have a Master or PhD degree, PhD degree preferred in Food Science/ Technology or a similar scientific background.

  • You have 3-5 years of work experience in Food Science/ Technology as a Senior/ Lead Food Scientist or equivalent in the food industry, preferably in plant-based industry.

  • Strong expertise in wet extrusion and texture building is a must, ideally within the plant-based field. Expertise in fermentation is a strong plus.

  • You are a born Project manager and Team Player with strong management, communication and negotiation skills.

  • Your problem-solving mindset and strategic thinking enables you to manage a wide range of tasks.

  • You are fluent in English (verbal & written), German is a Plus.

  • You are proficient in MS Office and able to quickly learn new tools. Previous experience with statistical analysis tools are a plus.

  • A food startup is exactly your cup of tea. You are interested in the industry and can identify with our Happy Ocean products.

We hustle, but healthy
  • Work-life balance: Studies show that the productivity curve drops sharply as the number of hours increases. We want to give you the opportunity to use your time stress-free, even during the week. We measure by output, not input. That's why we have a 35-hour week. On the other hand, we expect you to use your time efficient, be beyond ambitious and goal-oriented. In the early-stage of startups, that's super unusual. But we are healthy-hustlers.

  • Work Location: For this role it will be in our office in a prime location in Munich, in the Lab at Fraunhofer in Freising and with some flexible days in Home-Office.

  • Daily structure: With our One Thing as focus phase, no internal meetings before 2 pm, lunch break incl. walk, walking meetings etc. we care about a lifestyle that sets a sustainable framework for productive work.

  • The opportunity: To work in a company where the team knows for which higher purpose they come to work in the morning.



Start date & duration
  • 15.03.2023
  • Fulltime
  • Application deadline: 31.01.2023
About us
Happy Ocean, Happy You!
Happy Ocean Foods is a foodtech startup for plant-based alternatives for fish and seafood based in Munich. Our mission is to reduce overfishing of the oceans. 
We believe that people need to change their eating habits because of specific problems in the fishing industry. In doing so, it is much easier to deliver deliciousness instead of asking for sacrifice. This is exactly why we develop authentic plant-based products. Good for us and the oceans.

Started at the end of 2019, we launched in 2022 and will grow rapidly in 2023.


++ Please note that we can only consider applications that reach us directly via the career page. ++
We look forward to meeting you!
We are happy about your interest in Happy Ocean Foods and would like to know more about you. Please fill out the following application form. If you have any difficulties uploading your files or questions about the application, please contact n.krohmer@happyoceanfoods.org.

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