Automation specialist

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 laboratory automation specialist to join the Microbial Engineering division at Colorifix. The successful candidate will have the exciting opportunity to make this role their own and implement an automated synthetic biology pipeline to accelerate natural product colour development. We have an existing manual synthetic biology workflow and the successful candidate will be to implement an automated version. This exciting role will be cross-disciplinary working with synthetic biologists, fermentation scientists, analytical chemists and informaticians. Colorifix is looking for a candidate who enjoys multidisciplinary teamwork, taking on challenges, shows creativity, flexibility, enthusiasm, and excellent communication skills.

Essential Skills and experience

  • MSc or PhD in scientific (biochemistry, molecular biology, etc.), mechanical engineering, bioengineering computational or related field.
  • Experience of setting up lab automation workflows, including such equipment as liquid handlers (Echo 525, Cybio Felix), colony pickers (e.g. QPix 400, PIXL), plate readers and thermocyclers or multiple enabling laboratory automation tools.
  • Must have experience and skills in creating, modifying and troubleshooting laboratory robotics/automation scripts.
  • Experience of automating high-throughput, traditional bench-scale process ideally with a focus of synthetic biology and high-throughput cell screening
  • Experience in programming in C/C++, python
  • 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.
  • Ability to learn quickly, prioritize and execute tasks, and thrive in a fast-paced environment,

Desirable skills and experience

  • Experience of keeping a digital lab book
  • Experience of working within a multi-disciplinary team
  • Previous industry experience is desirable

Title: Automation specialist
Reports to: Head of Microbial Engineering
Location: Norwich Research Park, Norwich
Qualifications: MSc or PhD in scientific (biochemistry, molecular biology, etc.), engineering (chemical, computational), or computational discipline with 3+ years of relevant experience.
Remuneration: Annual salary of £38,000 to 44,000 depending on level of experience.
Holidays: 25 + BH

Apply: Please submit your CV and cover letter to

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