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Compound Discovery

We are looking for a technician to join our compound discovery team to help with the discovery and identification of novel metabolites.


In this role, you will facilitate the discovery and identification of novel metabolites and support our vision to discover solutions to global issues, including the discovery of new antibiotics against resistant bacteria and fungicides to help global food security.


The compound discovery team oversees the identification of compounds from our library of microbial isolates. The diverse team currently consists of five scientists who work closely with the microbial generation team.


Together we use a range of structural and biophysical approaches using in-house analytical techniques such as mass spectrometry and HPLC to characterise the compounds isolated from our extensive library of microbes.


  • Supporting the compound discovery team in the discovery and identification of novel metabolites

  • Preparation of samples across the pipeline, increasing the throughput of our compound identification

  • Solvent extraction and routine compound separation

  • Validation of hits through high throughput screening assays

  • Ownership of project(s) and upskilling in various areas of the Bactobio pipeline

You should have: 

  • A Master’s degree or above in chemistry or life sciences, or a BSc in chemistry or life sciences plus equivalent experience

  • Experience in analytical techniques for separation of small molecules or proteins

  • Experience in culturing bacteria with good aseptic practice

  • Interest in biotechnology and enthusiasm for scientific discovery

  • Ability to work independently as well as within a team

It would be great if you had:  

  • Experience working in industry

  • Background in natural product chemistry

  • Experience with Agilent HPLC instruments and/or SciEx LC/MS equipment

Benefits include:

  • Competitive starting salary

  • 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 running, climbing, 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