We do for chocolate what Oatly did for milk.

Senior Food Scientist / Food Chemist at QOA

$60k - $125k / 0.20% - 1.00%
Munich, Germany
Job Type
3+ years
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Maximilian Marquart
Maximilian Marquart

About the role


Your mission with QOA will be to replace chocolate in mass-market confectionary by 2035. We are building a fermentation platform to produce cocoa-free chocolate that is 10x more sustainable than conventional chocolate.

We are looking for a Senior Food Scientist / Food Chemist who will be responsible for the flavor formation, instrumental analysis, human sensory studies, and improving product characteristics of our cocoa-free chocolate. You will work with a small interdisciplinary team to push the boundaries of food & analytical science. Expertise in flavor formation pathways, e.g. Maillard chemistry, as well as instrumental analysis is a must. You will work with food technologists, food chemists, biotechnologists, and microbiologists to improve the aroma and taste, as well as the functional properties of our chocolate. You will be one of the early employees, having an outsized impact, shaping the company through your efforts, scientific experience, and industry expertise.


Plan and manage the product development of existing and new products and product applications in the field of chocolate, and confectionary Run and coordinate instrumental analysis, i.e. GC-MS, GC-O, LC-MS, both internal as well as with external partners Perform human sensory studies to improve the flavor of QOA Collaborate with the core team and external partners to push the improvement of the flavor and functional properties of our QOA Develop a scientific and technical vision of the venture together with a collaborative, interdisciplinary, and entrepreneurial team


What You Should Bring Along

MSc or PhD in Food Chemistry, Food Science or related field Experience in Flavor Formation, i.e. Maillard Reaction In-depth expertise in instrumental analysis, i.e. GC, LC, etc. Experience in Machine Learning methodologies Data Science expertise, ex. statistical evaluation of analytical data Hands-on mentality


Our hierarchy is flat and communication direct, which means that we operate and learn fast, as a team. In addition to a competitive salary you can expect the following:

Flexible working hours as we believe in ownership and trust Learning & Development Program for all our team members Regular team events Free drinks & snacks

We are an equal-opportunity employer and value diversity. We consider all applications equally regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, or gender identity. We strongly encourage individuals from groups traditionally underrepresented in tech to apply, and we can help with immigration.


It’s an audacious, incredibly rewarding mission that we are dedicated to achieving. QOA is built around the idea that everyone should be able to enjoy just, circular and waste-free food. To that end, we create a family of foods by upcycling clean (local/cruelty-free) ingredients with state-of-the-art biotechnology and flavor science.

Exciting challenges lie ahead — Join us on our mission!

Why you should join QOA

QOA does for chocolate what Oatly did for milk.

People consume up to 9 kg of chocolate per year. Everyone is craving chocolate To satisfy this craving, around 5M tonnes of cocoa have to be produced per year. Yet, this comes at a price for the planet and population: millions of hectares of rainforest were cut down for cocoa plantations during the last decade.

Founded in 2021 by scientists Dr. Max Marquart and Dr. Sara Marquart, QOA solves this by producing the world's first 100% cocoa-free chocolate.

This is your opportunity to help us change the world of chocolate!