Algal Microbiologist- job post



  • £35,000 – £50,000 a year

Job type

  • Full-time

Shift and schedule

  • Flexitime
  • Monday to Friday



58 Wood Lane, London W12

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  • Casual dress
  • Company events
  • Company pension
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Flexitime
  • Sick pay
  • UK visa sponsorship
  • Work from home

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Full job description

PhycoWorks is a venture-backed biotech start-up based in London. We believe that industry should integrate with the environment rather than degrade it. Our mission is to accelerate humanity’s transition to a sustainable bioeconomy. We are building a platform that uses AI and synthetic biology to develop algae strains that can transform CO2 into valuable products and are purpose-built for industrial application.

PhycoWorks was founded in June 2021 through Entrepreneur First, a world leading start-up accelerator. Since then, we have assembled a team of world-class scientists and engineers at our facilities in the heart of London. We have engineered highly valuable, novel microalgae strains allowing us to secure 7-figure commercial contracts with industrial giants. Our data platform has processed over 250 reactor years of industrial data and is being used by leading algae producers across the world to analyse and optimise their production.

We are expanding our founding team of scientists and engineers that are passionate about using technology to create a more sustainable future. This is an exciting opportunity to join a mission-driven start-up working at the intersection of biology and computation.

Your role

We are seeking an experienced Algal Microbiologist to join our team. As an Algal Microbiologist, you will be responsible for developing and leading strain characterisation projects and maintaining our collection of microalgal strains. You will work closely with both web-lab team and dry-lab teams to generate experimental data for computational models and contribute to our strain development and engineering efforts.

Your responsibilities

  • Develop and lead strain characterisation projects according to team goals.
  • Maintain microalgal strain culture collection.
  • Design and execute phenotypic and biochemical assays to characterize algal strains.
  • Develop and improve research protocols and procedures.
  • Stay updated with the latest advancements in algal microbiology and related fields.

Need to have

  • Postgraduate degree in a relevant scientific discipline with proven experience in algal microbiology.
  • Advanced knowledge of biology and physiology of microalgae.
  • Proficiency in algal culturing techniques (marine and fresh water) including liquid and solid media, as well as cryopreservation.
  • Proficiency of genetic transformation techniques in microalgae, such as conjugation and electroporation
  • Experience with bright-field and fluorescence microscopy.
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to maintain accurate records.
  • Excellent communication and teamwork skills.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a research environment.

Nice to have

  • Familiarity with Benchling or similar electronic lab notebook (ELN) and inventory management systems (training will be provided)
  • Experience with high-throughput screening techniques.
  • Experience with analytical platforms such as HPLC, mass spectroscopy, NMR and FT-IR
  • Experience with working with a large culture collection.
  • Experience with large scale culturing >100 L.


  • 30 days of paid annual leave per year
  • Flexible work options.
  • Pension contributions.
  • Cycle to work scheme.
  • Brand new lab and office facilities in central London.
  • Monthly team social (anything from go karting to poker nights).
  • VISA sponsorship is available.

Our values


Together, we go further.


We are a team of experts in different subjects, who are curious and driven to learn outside of their comfort zone.


We are working at the cutting-edge of science and technology, where ideas are continuously tested and challenged.


We are an early-stage start-up, where being self-motivated and taking ownership of your work is critical.


We are dedicated to our mission, our team, and our clients.

Equal opportunity

We provide equal employment opportunities to all candidates and positively encourage applications from qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion/belief, marital status, or pregnancy/maternity.

Join us

If you would like to apply, please fill in this form ( and we will get back to you with next steps.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: £35,000.00-£50,000.00 per year


  • Casual dress
  • Company events
  • Company pension
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Flexitime
  • Sick pay
  • UK visa sponsorship
  • Work from home


  • Monday to Friday


  • Master’s (required)

Ability to Commute:

  • London, W12 7RZ (required)

Ability to Relocate:

  • London, W12 7RZ: Relocate before starting work (required)

Work Location: In person

Application deadline: 01/03/2024Report job

Job Category: Others
Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: London

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