Engineer II - Upstream Process Development



Boston, MA, USA
Posted on Saturday, September 2, 2023

Mori is focused on innovations in the food, agriculture, and packaging industries. We leverage the unique properties of a natural protein discovered in silk that protects food, creates an edible barrier, and slows down spoilage. Our products can be integrated at any time from farm to shelf, allowing food producers, processors, and retailers to deliver more and better-quality food to consumers. Our mission statement “More Food, Less Waste” embodies our companies’ commitment to improving supply chain inefficiencies and reducing food and packaging waste. We abide by the following values to make our mission possible:

  • Think big, start small
  • Embrace complexity
  • See it through
  • Operate with care
  • Keep perspective

Job Description

We are currently seeking a highly motivated, driven, and collaborative Engineer II to work on the development and optimization of Mori's patented reactor process to extract silk protein from a naturally produced feedstock. Responsibilities to include the following and are subject to change:

  • Technical expert for upstream process development with a focus on process optimization from lab to pilot scale including design, execution, and reporting on lab-scale experiments and transferring processes into pilot manufacturing
  • Execute and/or oversee experiments from screening, lab, and pilot scale
  • Contribute with a process development mindset on cross-functional tech transfer and product development teams
  • Author and review standard operating procedures (SOPs) for equipment operation at lab, pilot and manufacturing scale
  • Solve routine process and lab equipment problems through standard troubleshooting.
  • Conducting literature and patent research to support process and research development
  • Documentation of experiments and results in a lab notebook in a timely manner and in sufficient detail for replication
  • Manage upstream team with up to five full time employees


  • Base salary range from $95,000 - $115,000 based on experience.

Ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering, bioengineering, biochemistry, or a related field with 5+ years of industry experience, preferably in protein or food process development. Completed graduate degree in related discipline may substitute for years of experience.
  • Experience with lab scale reactors
  • Analytical laboratory and protein analysis experience preferred
  • Management experience in a research environment
  • Excellent organizational, communication, and teamwork skills
  • Ability to be on your feet in a laboratory setting and lift up to 40 pounds
  • Ability to work flexible and off hours on an as needed basis
  • Proficiency with Design of Experiments (DoE), DoE software such as JMP, and other statistical data analysis methods a plus

Mori provides a comprehensive benefits package which includes:

  • Equity
  • Health, vision, and dental plans where Mori pays 50% or more of the premium
  • Health Savings Account (HSA) for High Deductible Health Plans (HDHP)
  • Unlimited paid-time-off (which includes sick pay) and 11 paid company holidays
  • 401(k) plan with company match
  • Commuter benefits providing employees the opportunity to use tax-free dollars on commuting costs (as specified by the benefit administrator.
  • Free, access to confidential mental health counsellors through a program called Health Advocate. Health Advocate also helps with other things (securing childcare, finding lawyers for wills, etc.), and you have access to the full array of Health Advocate options
    • Health Advocate also offers advice on which health insurance option to choose based on your personal circumstances (HIPAA compliant, everything is done between you and them and never comes to a Mori employee). This type of program is often referred to as an Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
    • Free OneMedical on-demand primary care (24/7 access to physicians, online booking system, membership fee is covered), insurance required for certain services
    • Free TelaDoc through Aetna available to employees with an active Mori health plan
    • One year of TalkSpace (fully online mental health therapists) Access based on enrollment in an active Mori provided Health Benefit plan. Monthly limitations apply
  • Optional Life and supplemental life insurance through MetLife

Additional location specific benefits include:

  • 24/7 access to Hood Park fitness center (Boston benefit)
  • Covered and indoor bike parking (Boston benefit)
  • Hood Park programming and events (Boston benefit)

Mori is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (“ADA”), as amended by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, and all applicable state and local fair employment practices laws. Employment opportunities at Mori are based upon one's qualifications and capabilities to perform the essential functions of a particular job. All employment opportunities are provided without regard to race, religion, caste, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.