Research Associate - Technical Development Unit

Posted on: 25 May 2022

Company Overview

The Supplant Company is a University of Cambridge start-up, a graduate of the Y-Combinator accelerator program, and is backed by major VCs in the US and Europe. We are an innovative and dynamic ingredient company, creating products to address major health and environmental challenges in the global food system as well as the wider consumer goods and materials sectors. Based on our proprietary carbohydrate platform, we are developing ingredients that are better for people and the planet.

Job openings


  • Supported by senior staff, assist in the planning and execution of R&D projects, applying your scientific expertise to advance our biobased ingredient production processes.
  • With all members of the Technical Development Unit, operate and maintain upstream production and downstream purification equipment to study our production processes.
  • Translate learnings obtained by the Process Development team (small scale) to the Technical Development Unit and apply problem solving skills to support further external scale up.
  • Create and maintain inventories and records of all ingredients, chemicals and equipment used in the process development laboratories.
  • Ensure all work is performed in line with company’s SHE policies and contribute to the development of the company's SHE practices for the TDU.
  • Engage with colleagues across the business, particularly across Process Development, Technical Project Manager and Analytical Chemistry teams to ensure projects are aligned and delivered efficiently.
  • Analyse results and aid in the writing of reports, tech transfer documents and batch records summarising findings and conclusions. Present results and discuss findings as part of weekly meetings.


  • Strong biochemistry, biotechnology or bioprocessing fundamentals, including a post-graduate qualification in a related field and/or >1 year of relevant industry experience. Previous work in the fields of biomass pretreatment and enzymatic hydrolysis is highly beneficial.
  • An understanding of process and scale up related constraints, particularly around transferring processes developed in the lab to manufacturing facilities.
  • Proven laboratory and scale up experience and a professional approach with excellent attention to detail.
  • A knowledge of green chemistry principles, and the ability to apply these to the development of new sustainable processes and products.
  • Ability to undertake multiple projects simultaneously to deliver against tight deadlines and to contribute both as part of a team and individually.
  • Analytically minded, with excellent communication skills: both written and oral. Evidence of technical report preparation and delivering presentations to various audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
  • Passion about disruptive products and making a difference.
  • Strong work ethic - prepared to put in extra hours when then are really needed.


  • Salary: £27,000-32,000 for the right candidate, dependent on experience and extent to which the job specification is met.
  • Full-time – 37.5 hours / week.
  • 31 days holiday / year (including Bank Holidays).
  • Company pension plan (Royal London).
  • Work on the prestigious Cambridge Science Park.
  • Significant opportunities to grow with the business.