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Director, Head of Pilot Plant & Engineering

Wildtype San Francisco, CA

  • Expired: over a month ago. Applications are no longer accepted.
Job Description

Wildtype is on a mission to create the cleanest, most sustainable seafood on the planet, starting with sushi-grade salmon. We’re pioneering cellular agriculture to protect wild species and our oceans, and to reverse trends of global food insecurity. Wildtype will provide consumers with a new option for real seafood that provides the same nutritional benefits as the most pristine wild-caught fish, without common contaminants such as mercury, microplastics, antibiotics, or pesticides.

We were founded in 2016 by Aryé Elfenbein (Chief Scientist), a cardiologist and molecular biologist, and Justin Kolbeck (CEO), a former US diplomat who served in Pakistan and Afghanistan, in an effort to solve one of the world’s biggest problems: how to feed a growing population without stripping the earth of its natural resources and biodiversity. Investors include Spark Capital, Charles River Ventures, Root Ventures, Alexis Ohanian and Kyle Vogt, among others.

Come join us in transforming our food system for good!


What you will own at Wildtype

  • Lead the conceptualization, design, implementation, and evaluation of our pilot plant systems

  • Lead bioreactor prototype development, installation, and evaluation of new technologies; manage overall bioreactor acquisition and validation plan

  • Partner with our leadership team to define scale-up plans and work through technical roadblocks

  • Establish operating procedures consistent with good manufacturing practices in a food context

  • Equipment validation to qualify prototype instruments

  • Management and oversight of consultants, construction project managers, and subcontractors during procurement, construction, permitting, and validation

  • Promote, develop, and ensure the safety of people, equipment, and process

How you’ll support others

  • Provide input to setting Wildtype’s goals and milestones for 2022 and 2023

  • Work with scientific team to define facilities and equipment requirements

  • Partner with our executive team on budgeting, capital expenditures, and procurement

  • Support leaders across the organization through technical problem solving

What we’ll teach you

  • How to apply your experience in project engineering to the production of next-generation seafood

  • How to work with a fast-moving, interdisciplinary team working at the leading edge of several fields

What you’ll teach us

  • Deep experience with a wide range of bioreactor platforms and control systems

  • How to take a complex project from concept to operation on time and on budget, by successfully managing a team of internal and external resources

  • How to navigate supply chain constraints to achieve project outcomes

  • How to work in and lead a diverse, team-based environment

Impact Plan

  • Within 1 month you will have adapted your experience in project engineering to Wildtype’s unique context. You will have set your professional development goals for the next twelve months.

  • Within 3 months you will have assumed responsibility for Wildtype’s facilities, construction, and engineering team including the installation, validation, operation, and maintenance of the company’s fleet of bioreactors. Additionally, you will assume accountability for the installation of remaining equipment for our first pilot plant. You will have written and operationalized standard procedures consistent with good manufacturing practices for food. You will regularly design and test new equipment as Wildtype continues to scale its production capacity.

  • Within 6 months you will be working closely with our leadership team to set production goals and manage output for Wildtype’s pilot plant. Additionally, you will be working closely with our executive team to scope and commence design of Wildtype’s next production facility including site selection, general arrangement design, permitting, lease negotiation, contractor selection, and work kickoff.

  • Within 12 months you will be overseeing the design, implementation, and maintenance of equipment in the world’s first pilot-scale facility for cell-cultivated seafood. We expect that the majority of your time by this point will be spent on supervising the construction of the world’s first industrial-scale cultivated seafood facility. You will also be working closely with our production teams to ensure we are collectively able to achieve our production targets.


Wildtype is committed to building a diverse workplace spanning multiple dimensions including race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, gender identity, and veteran status.

Company Description
We're on a mission to create the cleanest, most sustainable seafood on the planet.


We're on a mission to create the cleanest, most sustainable seafood on the planet.

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San Francisco, CA




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