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Microbial Generation

We are looking for a skilled technician to join our team of scientists to help uncover previously unculturable microbes.


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


Our microbial generation team oversees the generation, processing, and stocking of novel species of microbes. The team currently consists of 10 microbiologists and automation specialists working closely with a group of 6 bioinformaticians.


Together we have used extensive data collection and a range of bioinformatics approaches to culture more than 1,800 previously unexplored microbial species. We continue to grow our library by employing a variety of sequencing approaches including whole genome sequencing, amplicon sequencing and shotgun metagenomics to strengthen our understanding of individual microbes and the soil microbiome. On top of this, we apply co-occurrence and reactome techniques to understand the relationships between individual species.

We are a diverse team, using a range of capabilities to continue to increase our cultivation rates for novel species through further technological development of the platform and automated pipelines. This allows for the exploration of greater chemical space (e.g. carbon sources, nitrogen sources) and biological space (e.g. helper strains, symbionts) to culture truly novel microbes.


  • Supporting the microbial generation team in isolation of novel species of microbes 

  • Maintenance of our microbial library, including using various methods to stock our strain

  • Maintenance of the pipeline for microbial isolation

  • Passaging samples for isolation of microbial species

  • DNA harvesting and preparation for sanger sequencing/ library preparation for NGS

  • Preparation of media for DOE-driven experiments

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

You should have:

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

  • Experience working with sterile technique including handling of agar plates and liquid culture

  • Experience with working with bacteria (a plus if it’s with species which are difficult to culture in the lab)

  • Interest in biotechnology and enthusiasm for scientific discovery

  • Ability to work independently as well as within a team

It would be great if you have: 

  • Experience working in industry

  • Experience with next generation sequencing (NGS), especially library preparation for Illumina and nanopore sequencing

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 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

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