Food Scientist

  • Role: Food Scientist
  • Venture: Matunda Hub
  • Location: Soroti, Uganda

About Matunda Hub

Matunda Hub is a start-up social enterprise based in Soroti, Eastern Uganda with a mission to support rural and urban youth to develop (fruit) agribusinesses in Uganda through entrepreneurship skills, capacity building in value addition, access to shared agro-processing facilities and equipment, technology, seed capital, coaching, mentoring and networking through existing and developing new community structures.

Matunda Hub facilitates fruit sector development and creates a platform for stakeholders to make it easy to interact and find their position in the community to effectively and positively contribute to a socially and economically healthy environment.

Moreover, Matunda Hub is currently developing its own fruit-related product line (dried fruits, fruit powder etc) to offer a market to fruit farmers, reach financial self-sustainability and create jobs in the region.

About You

At Matunda Hub, we envision a world where every young person in Uganda has the opportunity to be employed or self-employed to pursue a decent living. As a start-up, we believe in and build upon innovative and disrupting approaches to solve social and economic problems, such as unemployment, poverty and skills redundancy, as a key to impact and change. We are therefore looking for a hands-on, creative and open-minded candidate to support our social enterprise.


As a Food Scientist for Matunda Hub, your responsibilities will include:

  • Developing and formulating new food/ fruit products and develop new and better ways to preserve, process, package and deliver them.
  • Evaluating the nutritional content, value, flavour and texture of fruit products.
  • Testing samples for particular fruits/foods for moulds, yeast and bacteria.
  • Ensuring that the fruit value addition process adhere to governmental, consumer, industry and international standards where applicable.
  • Researching and developing alternative environmental friendly and low-cost fruit processing methods.
  • Investigating and setting standards for food safety and quality.

Sound exciting? Here’s who we are looking for.

Skills & Qualifications

  • The ideal candidate holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science, Biochemical, Nutrition, Microbiology or other relevant food-related qualification.
  • Practical experience in food processing, preservation, packaging and distribution and/or food safety is an added advantage.
  • Previous exposure and experience with research and analysis of nutritional food content and value.
  • Meticulous attention to detail, particularly with regard to health, safety and hygiene.
  • A highly motivated individual who can lead development of processed fruit production and value addition is a plus.
  • Knowledge of the agricultural sector and more specifically fruit processing is highly desirable.
  • Some practical experience in working with both very small, small and medium sized companies in a development setting would be an added advantage.
  • Excellent IT, analytical and numerical abilities and a good level of communication proficiency.
  • Entrepreneurial mindset is a plus: flexibility, open-mindedness, problem solving skills and creativity.
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