Co-Founder & Chief Scientific Officer (m,f,x) – Biotech / Alternative Protein startup (stealth mode)

Founder & Entrepreneurs in Residence
Berlin, Berlin, Germany
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Atlantic Food Labs (AFL) is a venture capital investor and venture studio, based in Berlin with a focus on Food-, Agtech, and Sustainability. We’ve previously backed leading food tech startups such as Gorillas, Infarm, share, Meatable, Mushlabs, Legendairy, and Mitte. In our studio, we are consistently identifying new opportunities to change the food landscape in Europe together with the most daring entrepreneurs and scientists.

We leverage our experience, network, and operational expertise to provide our founders with an unfair advantage to disrupt the food value chain. We consistently seek an insightful exchange with entrepreneurial people who have gained first-hand, operational experience and are aspiring to start their own company. We aim to be a platform that combines the founders’ potential with our experience and network to make these aspirations come true. We are currently looking for a Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer (m/f/x) to build a biotech startup in the space of Cellular Agriculture with us.


As Co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) you will build a groundbreaking venture with us that develops delicious and healthy seafood from cells instead of animals. You will be a founding team member, having a significant impact, creating the company from the ground up through your work, scientific experience, and industry expertise. Amongst many other exciting challenges, as Co-Founders and CSO of a new venture of Atlantic Food Labs your responsibilities will include:

  • Co-develop the scientific, research, and technical vision of the venture as a part of the founding team

  • Build and oversee a multidisciplinary team of scientists and engineers to discover, develop and commercialize cell-based compounds replacing current seafood products

  • Ensure that resources, personnel, and expertise are appropriately prioritized and deployed to successfully and efficiently meet research timelines and budgets

  • Design & implement an integrated research strategy; build out internal capabilities aligned with the strategic goals of the organization

  • Develop and execute global research strategies in close collaboration with internal stakeholders, Clinical Research Partners, and other external partners

  • Lead research grant discovery, grant writing; co-author research papers


  • The opportunity to build your own business with VC backing and a strong operational support network

  • Our dedicated studio team will provide you with financial, operational, and strategic support

  • A high-growth, ambitious food startup environment with an exponential learning curve

  • Full ownership over exciting and challenging projects

  • A team of talented and motivated individuals looking to change the world

  • Great networking opportunities within the Atlantic Food Labs family and Berlin startup ecosystem

  • Free office space in our amazing office in Berlin in Mitte (incl. rooftop terrace)



  • Ph.D. in one of the following fields: Biotechnology, Molecular Biology, Life Sciences, Bioprocess Engineering, Biochemistry, or related disciplines

  • A track record of achievements & experience in the research and development of tissue-based products grown in bioreactors

  • Experience in commercial-scale R&D teams

  • A passion for leading translational research efforts that support the development of innovative products for human health and a sustainable environment

  • Demonstrated ability to work in teams to lead and collaborate successfully on a common vision

  • Strong hands-on attitude and willingness to take on various tasks inside and outside your field of expertise

  • Self-motivated, resourceful, dependable, proactive, execution and solution-oriented

  • Integrity, self-motivation, and a keen drive to improve the health and food system

  • A passion for food, health, nutrition, and sustainability

  • Strong oral and written communication skills in English and German

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