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Microbial Generation/Synthetic Biology lead

Microbial Generation

We are looking for a senior microbiologist to come help us cultivate unculturable microbes and maximise their commercial potential.

Role

In this role you will take a leading role in our microbial generation team. The aim is to use data-driven approaches to culture and screen novel microbes. You will therefore help bridge the gap between wet lab science and bioinformatics- with a possibility of transitioning into management. 

Team

In this role you will take a leading role in our microbial generation team. The aim is to use data-driven approaches to culture and screen novel microbes. You will therefore help bridge the gap between wet lab science and bioinformatics- with a possibility of transitioning into management. 

Position

We are looking for a senior scientist to join our microbial generation team to better understand and expand microbial culturability.

This includes:

  • Culturing and isolating novel microbes in the lab

  • Setting up experiments and constructing statistical models to target specific species and phyla with a limited number of experiments in almost infinite parameter space

  • Helping to increase the number of experiments via automation

  • Optional: Helping to build bioreporter resources to expand our high-throughput screening approaches

 

The aim over time is to be able to capture 100% of the genetic diversity from a single biome via an iterative process. 

Teamwork

All projects are led by a single employee but supported by the entire group and discussed on a weekly basis. This model works when people take responsibility for their own projects, are open to discussing new ideas, and give fair and unbiased feedback. We are therefore looking for people who enjoy working in a collaborative and adaptive environment, with strong communication skills and a drive to be proactive.

 

You should have:

  • A PhD and postdoctoral experience in microbiology/synthetic biology (or equivalent experience)

  • Data-driven mindset and core understanding of statistical principles

  • Strong self-motivation and drive to expand our technical platform

  • Good priority management and ability to adapt

  • Collaborative drive and good team ethic

Ideal experience:

  • Soil microbiology and/or ranges of culture systems

  • Experience with automation platforms

  • Background in synthetic biology 

 

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Designing and performing experiments to culture new microbes under a range of conditions

  • Identifying opportunities to automate the pipeline and supporting implementation to accelerate our discovery of novel solutions

  • Transforming insights from machine learning into new approaches for directed evolution

  • Coordinating experiments across the microbiology team​

Benefits include:

  • Total compensation will be £75k ( salary and equity) with you being a key partner in designing that split

  • Brand new, modern labs in Central London with dedicated office space, large balconies and 360’ views of the London skyline

  • 25 days holiday + bank holidays

  • Diverse team of colleagues (check out our website to meet us)

  • Weekly team activities including board games, sports activities, and socials on Fridays

  • Complimentary breakfast, fruit, tea, coffee, snacks, drinks,...

  • Access to 1000s of training courses through Udemy, with an allowance for both personal development and work-related training

  • Opportunity to use your skills to help shape our innovative platform

Are you interested in joining us?
Send us your CV and an introductory paragraph using the link below