Analytical Chemist (Norwich)

Posted on: 27 September 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


Job description and role:
As part of the Analytical team, the Analytical Chemists will play an integral role in supporting the day-to-day operations in Norwich, UK. The ideal candidate should be looking for a new challenge in a fast-moving, collaborative environment and has significant experience in developing a broad spectrum of analytical methods, particularly with optical and LC-MS equipment. 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 and strong attention to detail.

  • Running our in-house analytical methods that will ensure the quality and safety of our products and processes with a particular focus on natural pigments, sugars, amino acids and fermentation products
  • Perform these methods with a high degree of accuracy and precision
  • Performing sample analysis on experimental samples and on our prototype and market-ready products
  • Discuss and present an interpretation of analytical results in collaboration with the Informatics team
  • Working closely with other teams to ensure that the analytical chemistry results are most effectively used to improve our processes and products

Essential skills and experience:

  • MSc in Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry or related areas with a focus on analytical methods or quality control
  • A minimum of 2-4 years of experience preferably in industry
  • Experience carrying out analytical methods according to QC protocols particularly HPLC, but also involving spectrophotometers and LC-MS
  • You are highly organised with a strong attention to detail
  • Ability to deliver high-quality work under constraints of time
  • Ability to work closely in an interdisciplinary and multicultural team
  • Ability to manage several requests simultaneously

Desirable skills and experience:

  • Experience with extraction and analysis of natural pigments and fermentation products
  • Experience with method development
  • Experience with Waters HPLC systems and Empower Software

Title: Analytical Chemist
 Innovation Centre, Norwich Research Park, Colney, Norwich.
Remuneration: £31-37,000 depending on experience
Holidays: 25 + BH + Birthday FTE
Benefits: Pension scheme, EMI share options, mental health support and employee wellbeing budget, company social events and annual retreat
Local Amenities: On-site cafes, on-site nursery, parking

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

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