Modern Synthesis

Bioprocess Scientist

Posted on: 15 April 2021

Do you love growing things? Do you want to have a positive impact with your work? We are looking for an ambitious and resourceful bioprocess scientist to join us and take a central role in the development of our bio-fabricated (made by living organisms) leather-like materials for the fashion industry.

This is a full time role, reporting to our cofounder/CTO, based at our labs and supporting the development of our pilot production facilities in Central London.


Bioprocess Optimisation and Scale Up

  • Working with our engineer and microbiologists to optimise bench and pilot scale static culture fermentations
  • Process development and standardisation – testing and generating standard operating procedures
  • Developing quality control and quality assurance procedures for the pilot production process 

Technical Project Supervision

  • Coordinating with suppliers to source feedstocks for pilot trials
  • Coordinating with expert advisors and consultants to assess technoeconomics and sustainability
  • Supporting relationships with contract manufacturing organisations for scaling up beyond pilot scale



  • Masters degree and 2+ years’ industrial experience in a relevant bioprocess role


  • PhD in microbiology, plant/fungal science, bioengineering, bioprocess engineering or similar
  • Experience with a biological production process at pilot scale
  • Strong communication skills – able to articulate complex concepts to a range of different colleagues and stakeholders
  • Adaptable and creative approach to troubleshooting
  • Attention to detail and documentation


  • Experience working with bioreactors, particularly static cultures
  • Experience working with biomaterials
  • Interest in biodesign and sustainable fashion

Company Overview:

Modern Synthesis is a London based biomaterial start-up connecting the dots between biology, material science and design to craft progressive biomaterials for the fashion industry. The company’s ‘microbial weaving’ process employs bacteria to grow a strong, lightweight cellulose-based composite material that is naturally biodegradable and offers unique potential for customization.

Official Website: https://modern-synthesis.com/

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