Chemical Biologist

Posted on: 04 March 2022

Company Overview

Colorifix was founded by two synthetic biologists who were developing biological sensors to monitor heavy metal contamination in drinking water in rural Nepal.

While testing these sensors in Kathmandu,  Jim and Orr began to learn about the enormous impact of the dyeing industry on water and human health; and realised that,  rather than simply monitoring the problem,  they had the tools to solve it. With some creativity and a bit of luck,  Colorifix was founded in 2016.

Job openings

We seek to hire a highly motivated chemical biologist to join the Microbial Engineering division at Colorifix’s R&D site in Norwich, UK. The ideal candidate will have an interest in natural product biosynthesis with experience of extraction and analysis of microbial metabolites. The successful candidate will be a pivotal member of the team, supporting both the design of biosynthetic pathways and the analysis of associated molecules produced by bioengineered microorganisms. The candidate will be directly involved in the research and development of pigmented molecules with the potential to become commercial dyes. This exciting role will be cross-disciplinary, working with synthetic biologists, fermentation scientists, analytical scientists and informaticians. Colorifix is looking for a candidate who enjoys multidisciplinary teamwork, taking on challenges, shows flexibility, creativity and enthusiasm.

Essential Skills and experience

  • PhD in chemical biology, chemistry, biochemistry or related subject
  • Experience with extraction and analysis of natural products from microbial fermentations and use of analytical techniques e.g. HPLC and LC-MS
  • Understanding of natural product biosynthesis
  • Experience with chemical drawing and 3D chemical modelling computational tools
  • Good communicator and flexible team player who is committed to the success of team as a whole
  • Passion for science together with a ‘can-do’ problem-solving approach.
  • Good organisational skills with a high attention to detail.
  • Respect for confidentiality and integrity
    Desirable skills and experience
  • Experience with protein engineering and protein-ligand molecular docking
  • Understanding of microbial/metabolic engineering and/or synthetic biology
  • Experience of keeping a digital lab book
  • Experience of working with in a multi-disciplinary team
  • Previous industry experience is desirable

Title: Chemical Biologist
Reports to: Head of Microbial Engineering
Location: Norwich Research Park, Norwich
Salary: £38-44,000 depending on experience
Holiday: 25 + BH

Apply: Please submit your CV and cover letter to stating the role on the title.

Colorifix is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.