Food Science Intern (Paid)


Alameda, CA

Job Type


About us

At Shiru we believe that food should be delicious and nourishing without negatively affecting our planet. Acknowledging our growing global population as well as the imminent effects of climate change, Shiru’s mission is to create better protein ingredients that will catapult us into a sustainable food future.

With our mission in mind, Shiru makes high quality, functional food proteins through better leveraging our precious environmental resources. To do this, we employ technologies originally created to solve problems in adjacent industries, including computational biology, machine learning, and industrial fermentation and bioprocessing.

We apply computational intelligence to find the most functional natural food proteins in the world, harnessing the inherent ability of microflora to produce them. We then partner with food and beverage companies to incorporate these unique protein ingredients into everyday products. Shiru is now expanding our team of dedicated professionals across multiple disciplines to make enhanced protein ingredients for a better world.

About the role

Under the direction of Shiru’s Product Developer, this intern will work on creating plant-based food products to showcase Shiru’s ingredients. You’ll take the lead on getting to a working prototype that delivers on the most important characteristics of the food. This will include hands-on development work to optimize the system, as well as identification and implementation of analytical methods to determine its performance.

This is a paid, full time role based out of our R&D HQ in Alameda, California and will earn $25 an hour for at least 10 weeks over the summer. Start and end dates are flexible.

About you

We’re looking for folks just starting in their career who have tremendous passion, honest grit and deep integrity; and who are going to help us in creating a more sustainable and secure food system. Some of our greatest ideas have come to us from our talented interns, and so we’re looking for folks whose experience and mission-alignment stand out since you’ll have the chance to impact our work from Day One. We can’t wait to talk with you about this unique and special opportunity to join and learn from our Shiru team. And together, we look forward to celebrating the impact you’ve made at the end of the summer!

You’re encouraged to apply even if your experience doesn’t precisely match the job description. We’re expecting your skills and passion to stand out—and set you apart—especially if your career has taken some extraordinary twists and turns. Please join us in this singular opportunity to create the future of food!


To be qualified, you are more than likely pursuing a master’s degree in food science or a related technical field with at least a year of development experience and a strong curiosity to build and understand the food of the future.

Shiru is an equal opportunity employer who values diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. Shiru offers competitive compensation and employee benefits along with an attractive equity package commensurate with candidate qualifications.

Come and change the food game with us

Shiru is on a mission to impact a billion lives. We are changing the traditional food system by creating alternative functional food ingredients that will catapult us into a sustainable food future.


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