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Downstream Process Development - Internship (f/m/d)

Planet A Foods

Planet A Foods

Munich, Germany
Posted on Monday, June 17, 2024
Your mission

At Planet A Foods, we are revolutionizing the food industry to protect the planet we love. by perfecting centuries-old fermentation technology, we offer healthier alternatives and can save up to 500 Mt of CO2 per year!

We created the world’s first 100% cocoa-free chocolate called ChoViva. Our ChoViva tastes amazing with a solid snap and smooth melt as well as roasty notes and a subtle sweetness. It is completely natural, gluten-free, vegan and made with only seven ingredients! Choviva allows for a breathtakingly low carbon & water footprint. This contributes towards the mitigation of both deforestation & exploitation of child labour.

Your profile
  • Knowledge of basic principles and concepts of fermentation, process engineering or chemistry
  • Hands-on experience in a chemical or biological lab environment is required
  • Experience with lipid extraction techniques (e.g., solvent extraction, supercritical fluid extraction, membrane separation) is appreciated
  • A strong familiarity with commonly used laboratory equipment in downstream processing is highly advantageous
  • Attention to detail and ability to follow experimental protocols
  • Good analytical, problem-solving, and communication skills
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team


Your Tasks

  • Collaborate with the team to design and optimize the DSP for the production of ChoViva Butter.
  • Collaborate in designing and executing experiments focused on lipid extraction processes, which may involve exploring different separation techniques and equipment setups.
  • Conduct experiments, collect samples, and perform analytical tests to monitor and evaluate process performance.
  • Perform data analysis and interpretation to identify trends, optimize process parameters, and troubleshoot issues.
  • Support DSP activities, including technology transfer and process validation.
  • Maintain accurate laboratory records, prepare reports, and present findings to the team.


Key Results

  • Optimize our DSP to improve lipid recovery rates.
  • Reduce cost of DSP by supporting the exploration of alternative DSP avenues and approaches.
  • Gather hands-on experience in a professional lab environment, including data analysis and dissemination.
How we hire at Planet A Foods

Joining the Planet A Foods team is more than just a job – it's a commitment to our core values that permeate every aspect of our business. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we go above and beyond to embed fairness and equity in our inclusive recruitment and hiring process. We are not only an Equal Opportunity Employer, but also proactive in embedding fairness and equity into an inclusive recruitment and hiring process.


Our Values

Fellowship: We share a great vision that can only be achieved as a team. We prefer enabling others to succeed instead of petting our egos.

On Discovery: We keep our eyes, hearts, and minds open, curious to explore, improve and create new realities beyond the ordinary.

Creating impact: We aim at building a better world. Science is at our hearts, and full of passion we progress on our journey.

Just do it: We rather take a lousy first step than standing still or losing ourselves in discussions. Smart words are worth nothing if they are not accompanied by smart actions.

Why us?

Our hierarchy is flat and communication direct, which means that we operate and learn fast as a team. You can expect the following:

  • Competitive Salary

  • Flexible Working Hours

  • Regular Team Events

  • Daily Free Lunch + Free Drinks

  • Daily Free Snacks (Of course with our delicious Choviva!)

  • Fresh Fruit + Vegetables

  • A Personalized Macbook Air

  • Entitled to 30 Days Holiday

  • Your “normal” workplace is our office/lab (to build a strong culture we believe in physically meeting and interacting)

We are an equal-opportunity employer and value diversity. We consider all applications equally. We strongly encourage individuals from traditionally underrepresented groups in tech to apply.

About us
It’s an audacious, incredibly rewarding mission that we are dedicated to achieving. Planet A Foods is built around the idea that everyone should be able to enjoy just, circular and waste-free food. To that end, we create a family of foods by upcycling clean (local/cruelty-free) ingredients with state-of-the-art biotechnology and flavor science.

Exciting challenges lie ahead — Join us on our mission!