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Position: R&D Specialist - Portland, OR

Purpose:  Be the happiest part of people’s day

Wage Range: $11 - $15 / hr DOE



  1. Make unbelievable ice cream
  2. Be known for legendary hospitality
  3. Generosity
  4. Take care of each other
  5. Carefully tend to profits and growth


Salt & Straw is a small batch, handmade ice cream company based in Portland, Oregon. We created this company because we love to create great neighborhoods places, which means supporting local artisans, contributing to local PTAs and taking care of our team. We take a lot of pride that our ice cream is a reflection of the local community, so we’ve our entire menu was written using local cream and collaborating with a cast of farmers, chefs, cheese-makers, brewers, and butchers from all over Oregon.


Our kitchen is a crazy fun combination of high end pastry making and lean-focused manufacturing. Our head chef, Tyler Malek, has won multiple awards in the food industry including Forbes 30 Under 30, and Eater’s Young Guns Finalists. On top of that, our kitchen team is constantly working with the best chefs in the world for inspiration, training, and collaboration. Our kitchen team makes everything from scratch and puts incredibly innovative passion behind their work resulting in one of the most dynamic pastry kitchens to work for in the country.


For this position, Our R&D Specialists work on a small team to help create recipes; produce prototypes; create training material; create creative assets like photos and videos; build clear & concise recipes, a bill of materials & spec sheet; and provide QA support during pre- and post- production of a new product. Our flavors rotate monthly and require a nimble R&D team to ensure we are only developing, marketing, and serving the best ice cream in the world.


Position requirements

  • BS with major in Food Science / Food Supply Chains OR 2+ years of professional recipe (or other food-related spec sheets) writing experience



  • Hospitality Training
  • 40 hours of PTO (after 90 days)
  • Health insurance (after 90 days)
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Lots of free ice cream!
  • Competitive wages and lots of opportunity for growth!

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