Research and Grants Manager

Application deadline: 31 July 2022, 11.59pm CEST

The Good Food Institute Europe is looking for a Research and Grants Manager to mobilise research funding to build a sustainable, secure and just food system.

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Job description

Mobilise research funding to build a sustainable food system 

The Good Food Institute Europe (GFI Europe) is at the forefront of the movement to transform meat production in order to solve some of the world’s biggest problems, from climate change and global hunger, to antibiotic resistance and animal suffering.

We work with scientists, businesses and policymakers to make plant-based and cultivated meat (grown directly from cells) delicious, affordable and accessible. Please check out the rest of our website, our 2021 Year in Review and our 2021 Europe highlights blog post to find out more about who we are and what we do.

We are at an exciting stage in our growth and are looking for a Research and Grants Manager to join GFI Europe’s Science and Technology team. For more information about this new role, please take a look at the job brochure here.

How you will make a difference

We need the best scientists in Europe to be engaged in plant-based, cultivated, and fermentation-made protein research and development. At GFI Europe, the goals of our SciTech work are threefold:

1) grow the technical research community,

2) enable and catalyse the work of this community, and

3) increase the research funding this community receives.

This role focuses on the third of these goals, which positively impacts the first two goals. As a nascent sector, sustainable protein research is currently extremely underfunded. There is a particularly urgent need for more open-access, foundational research to overcome the largest technical hurdles. Billions of euros are spent on this kind of research by governments and foundations in Europe, but currently little of this is accessed for sustainable protein R&D.

In this role, you will lead the design and execution of a scientific research funding-focused function for GFI Europe. You will engage with scientists, universities, companies, research funding bodies, and policymakers across Europe to catalyse the sustainable protein research ecosystem through two principal activities:

1) ensuring that researchers gain access to research funding that is already available, and that applicants’ proposals address the highest priority technical questions, and

2) mobilising more research funding for the sector.

As a member of our growing European team, you will help radically transform the food system by:

Who we’re looking for

You must have:

The ideal candidate may also have some of the following, although these are absolutely not requirements:

We want the best people and we don’t want biases holding us back. We strongly encourage people of every colour, orientation, age, gender, origin, and ability to apply. Because we value a diverse workplace, we prioritise an inclusive climate absent of discrimination and harassment during the application process and after you join the team.

Benefits and the fine print

We want you to have every opportunity to shine and show us your talents – we are happy to make all the reasonable adjustments that we possibly can to make sure the assessment process works for you. Email us at europe-hiring@gfi.org.

The full application process is outlined in the job brochure. We really look forward to hearing from you!

Questions

Watch the recording of our Q&A session, where Science and Technology Manager Seren Kell and Talent Acquisition and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Specialist Catherine Derieux answered applicants’ questions about the role:

If you have any questions about this role, please do reach out to us at europe-hiring@gfi.org.

If you’ve read this far but decided not to apply, please share this job description with someone else in your network who you think might be a good fit for the role! Thank you.

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