Food Science Intern- job post

Benson Hill

St. Louis, MO 63132

Internship

Full Job Description

About Benson Hill
Benson Hill empowers innovators to develop more healthy, tasty and sustainable food by unlocking the natural genetic diversity of plants. Benson Hill’s CropOS™ platform combines machine learning and big data with breeding techniques and plant biology to drastically accelerate and simplify the product development process. This platform allows for cost-effective and more efficient ways for companies to analyze and make improvements in plant genetics. Benson Hill brings a unique and holistic approach to our product and platform development, as we span a broader workflow involving trait and seed development, genome editing, and breeding all the way to creating better ingredients and varieties that tap a strong consumer demand for more flavorful and nutritious fruits and vegetables. More information can be found online at www.bensonhill.com. Follow us on Twitter at @BensonHillInc.
Our Purpose and Core Values
Our Core Values are a set of common principles we share that are fundamental to our company’s identity.

  • Be Bold! We redefine boundaries by providing new solutions to difficult problems. Together we are driven to transform the future and will not allow the fear of failure to prevent us from innovating. We voice our opinions, embrace change, and challenge each other to think creatively.
  • Be Inspired! We redefine boundaries by providing new solutions to difficult problems. Together we are driven to transform the future and will not allow the fear of failure to prevent us from innovating. We voice our opinions, embrace change, and challenge each other to think creatively.
  • Be Real! We understand who we are, what we want to achieve, and what it takes to get there. We hold each other accountable through timely, candid, and well-intentioned feedback. Together we engage in honest communication and healthy debate that leads to success through true alignment.

Department Overview
The Research and Development Department is responsible for the development of technology platforms and products designed to support the future growth, competitiveness, and long-term sustainability of the company. As part of its platform development efforts, R&D conducts a wide range of research activities, namely in the areas of trait discovery and validation, crop genetic engineering, crop transformation, molecular detection, biochemical assays, plant growth, and molecular breeding, food science & innovation to name a few. These activities are aimed at developing new capabilities in crop research, the outcome of which is then leveraged to create new product development opportunities and shorten the time to market. The department leverages its platform capabilities and extensive knowhow in biology and crop science, along with the computational expertise housed within the Data Science & Platform Engineering, as well as the market insights of the Business Development and Commercial teams to design and create new and improved crop varieties, which offer tangible benefits to farmers and consumers, specifically in the areas of sustainability, health and nutrition.
Position Summary
We are actively seeking a Food Science Intern to join our rapidly growing Food Innovation team within the Research and Development Department. The primary purpose of this internship is to gain practical work experience in the food science function while being assigned to specific tasks pertaining to food and ingredient characterization. The Intern will be involved in a variety of food science activities, including sample preparation, functionality, composition, and related assay / process development.
You Will:
(Essential Duties and Responsibilities)

  • Support food analytical analyses, such as composition, functionality, and flavor chemistry
  • Participate ingredient preparation, including sampling and inventory
  • Assist new product development, including ingredient characterization, testing, and evaluation
  • Communicate research progress and results to team members and leadership

You Have:
(Competencies and Qualifications)
Education

  • Currently enrolled in accredited university in pursuit of a Bachelor of Science degree, including food science, food engineering, chemistry, biochemistry, and related discipline

Qualifications/Skills

  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-moving environment
  • Active learning and growth mindsets
  • Strong written and verbal communication
  • All candidates must be geographically flexible