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Senior Scientist – Bioprocessing


Reporting to: COO and CSO

Department: R&D

Location: Quest Meat Ltd, BioHub, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Job Details:

Job Purpose:

The successful candidate will join a highly motivated team in a well financially backed-up start-up based in Birmingham that aims to become a global leader in a rapidly emerging and exciting new industry of Cellular Agriculture.

They will have the opportunity to experience innovation first-hand, while playing a role in making cultivated meat products an affordable reality.

Main areas of responsibility:

  • To take ownership of all aspects of their allocated project to be disclosed upon start.
  • To design and perform relevant experimental studies to achieve the project deliverables.
  • To manage time effectively and efficiently to achieve the Company’s milestones.
  • To write and maintain accurate records of the research being undertaken.
  • To perform troubleshooting experiments when required.
  • To keep up-to-date with the literature in the field.
  • To perform data analysis and critical interpretation of data.
  • To contribute intellectually to the project.
  • To prepare written summaries of the research undertaken.
  • You may also be asked to perform other duties occasionally which are not included above, but which will be consistent with the role.

Other responsibilities:

  • Engage in continuous personal and professional development in line with the demands of the role, including undertaking relevant training and development activities to develop themselves and support the development of others.
  • Ensure and promote the personal health, safety, and wellbeing of their own and other members of staff.
  • Carry out duties in a way which promotes fairness in all matters. 
  • Promote equality of opportunity and support diversity and inclusion as well as working to support the Company’s environmental sustainability agenda and practices.

Person Specification:

Qualification/ Experience required:


  • A PhD in a relevant Engineering discipline (Biochemical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Bioprocessing etc)
  • Significant experience with aseptic mammalian cell culture
  • Experience of operating bioreactors
  • Bioprocessing of stem cells
  • Experience of writing scientific reports to a high standard
  • Demonstrated experience of working in a laboratory environment


  • Experience of stem cell culture and differentiation
  • Litre scale bioreactor operation
  • Peer reviewed publications
  • Strong understanding and experience of key analytical techniques
  • Problem solving and troubleshooting

Skills and Competencies required:

  • Motivated and enthusiastic
  • Able to work well with others
  • Excellent communication skills
  • A strong commitment to integrity in science and attention to detail
  • Able to work both at the overview level but with a keen attention to detail
  • As in all early-stage companies, to carry out any other tasks or duties within postholder’s capability as requested by the Company to meet its needs
  • The Company reserves the right to vary or amend the tasks and responsibilities of the post holder at anytime according to the needs of the Company’s business

Information contained herein is not exhaustive but describes key elements of the function.