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Technician Plant Meat Structuring

Vacaturenummer: A2100084
Unilever Research & Development - Wageningen (Nederland)

For our client, Unilever Research & Development, we are looking for a Technician Plant Meat Structuring.


  • B.Sc. or M.Sc.
  • Plant based meat
  • Food structuring
  • Lab and Pilot plant
  • Excel

Would you like to make plant-based meat the standard, and eliminate animals from the food chain? Join us!
In your role as Technician Plant Meat Structuring, you develop new plant meat structures by experimenting at lab and pilot plant scale, finding correlations between key parameters of ingredient properties and product characteristics. You will develop models to describe these correlations in for example excel models. The focus is on identifying and applying new technologies with the objective to design new plant meat textures with the best possible sensorial, nutritional and sustainability characteristics. Many of these activities will be done with external partners. The design, execution, interpretation and reporting of these R&D activities will be done in innovation teams, working according to agile principles.

  • You will prepare novel plant meat structures, based on non-animal protein sources and blends, at either lab or pilot plant scale;
  • You will analyse these structures with a variety of technologies & report the results to the wider organisation;
  • You will then correlate these results in models to link ingredient characteristics with desired product properties.

Who we're looking for
We are looking for a B.Sc. or M.Sc. candidate with a background in Food Technology, Process Engineering, Chemical Engineering and relevant (internship) experience in food structuring. You have a technical mindset applied to solutions and the ambition to continuously learn and improve. You have good planning and organisation skills and you like to work in a multifunctional, multicultural environment. Excellent communication skills in English are important for this position.

Company profile
Unilever R&D has built the Hive, a new Global Foods Innovation Centre in Wageningen, the Netherlands. In this way Unilever creates critical mass in expertise areas to ensure that our new technologies ultimately bring breakthrough innovations to the markets that are good for People and Planet. In addition, they aim to evolve our R&D sites into innovation ecosystems to leverage the knowledge and expertise of external partners.
It is Unilever’s ambition to reach 1 billion turnover in the next 5 to 7 years from plant based products of which plant-based meat is a significant part. To achieve that ambition, they are strengthening their technical capability and, therefore, we are looking for people with specific skills in this area.

The Science & Technology (S&T) team in the Foods & Refreshment (F&R) division is an agile team of enthusiastic world-class scientists. At the end of 2018 Unilever acquired The Vegetarian Butcher, which has the mission to become the biggest butcher in the world by making plant based meat the standard. The Vegetarian Butcher aims to provide meat-lovers vegan alternatives without any compromise.

Additional vacancy information
Contract:Temporary contract with CLS Services
Education:HBO/BSc. WO/MSc.
Employment terms:Position for 1.5 years, extension possible. Full time highly prefered.
Salary: 2700-3300
Days of leave: 25 + 13
See here our other employment terms for this vacancy
Publication date:8-4-2021
Location:View location with Google Maps
Contactperson:Jan Paul Favier
+31 (0)88 22 77 555

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