Established in 2007, Spiber Inc. is a Japanese biotechnology venture engaged in the development of novel sustainable materials. We recently announced Brewed Protein™, our proprietary protein material produced through an entirely in-house brewing (i.e. fermentation) process. Free from reliance on animal and petroleum resources, this revolutionary new material is well positioned to contribute to animal-free and microplastic-free initiatives in industries such as apparel, transportation, construction, and artificial hair. Our partners include Goldwin, distributor and producer of The North Face products in Japan; Kojima Industries Corporation, auto parts manufacturer and tier-one supplier to Toyota; synthetic hair producer Aderans; tire manufacturer Bridgestone; and Sumitomo Mitsui Construction Co. We have also partnered with fashion designer Yuima Nakazato to create a couture collection for Fall/Winter 2019/20 at Paris Fashion Week. Our MOON PARKA ® outerwear jacket, a collaborative effort with The North Face, is slated for limited release in Japan in November 2019. We are currently constructing our first overseas mass production plant—a world-class structural protein production facility in Thailand.
Job description and requirements:
- Research and development of protein-based material processing techniques.
- Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in Polymer Science or Materials Science and Engineering, or have equivalent experience.
- The prospective candidate must have a strong background in polymer materials, polymer physics, polymer processing and rheology, and will be expected to design and conduct experiments, carry out analysis of samples, evaluate results and optimize processing conditions.
- Applicants should have the ability to work both independently and in a team, have good communication skills, and have strong motivation to seek and develop innovative methods of materials processing.