Wild Earth is the largest U.S. plant-based, cruelty-free dog food company focused on giving dogs the highest quality complete protein they deserve, with zero compromises. We harness science and technology to create cruelty-free products with less environmental impact. We are a fast-growing DTC company out to change the world.

We are looking for an Associate Scientist (preference for those with experience working with upstream animal cell culture process/bioreactor). You will be a member of the Science Team and have the unique opportunity to contribute to the work of cell-based pet food development. In this role, you will support the team with day-to-day project tasks including the upstream animal cell culture process.

This position is based in our Berkeley office and will report directly to the Scientific Director.


  • Understand and execute cell culture protocols, optimize upstream cell culture processes for cellular biomass production.
  • Perform and optimize experiments to scientifically improve animal cell culture scalability.
  • Follow/conduct/develop protocols for various animal cells in a bioreactor, and suspension culture.
  • Understand and interpret experiment results and recommend new designs or adjust existing designs.
  • Knowledge to understand downstream cell culture work to carry out regular cell maintenance.
  • Accurately follow and respond to directions, especially the maintenance of documentation standards and SOP and report batch records.
  • General maintenance of laboratory equipment and supplies.


  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Biology, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Stem Cell Biology, Life Science or related field.
  • 2-4 years of research experience in the industrial or academic lab settings or PhD in Life Science/Biology or related field with 1-2 years of experience.
  • Experience in the upstream cell culture process.
  • Working experience in bench-scale bioreactors.
  • Experience in animal cell culture, and knowledge in stem cell culture.
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to adapt to the new working environment and new protocols, and to troubleshoot lab research conditions.
  • Team-oriented, resourceful, results-driven, and with thorough attention to detail.
  • Eager to learn
  • Aligned with our mission to lead the pet food revolution!

About us

Our Values

Kind: We want to create a kinder world for everyone.

Driven: We inspire change in ourselves and others.

Wild: We are fun, authentic & embrace change.

Curious: We are continuously learning.

Bold: We want to go where no pet food company has gone before.

Our Commitment

Wild Earth is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse, culturally competent staff at all levels of the organization. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.