RA02 Research Assistant


What are we looking for?

Research Associate

Location: Edinburgh, UK


Reports to R&D manager


SQA (or equivalent) qualifications in Maths, English and one or more science subjects


Salary:£25,000 - £30,000

28 days of holidays (inclusive of bank holidays). 

Job description

About Green Bioactives Ltd.

Green Bioactives Ltd (, founded in 2020, is a start-up biotech company developing a plant cell-based biomanufacturing platform to produce high-value biomolecules for the cosmetic, pharmaceutical, food and agriculture industries. Our proprietary technology-driven platform facilitates the discovery and generation of plant natural products in a cost-effective and environmentally friendly way. Our vision is to become the world’s leading supplier of safe, natural and sustainable plant biomolecules, while employing production processes that help protect and sustain our environment.


What are we looking for?

We are seeking a Research Associate to provide technical support in the development of improved plant cell lines and the associated upstream R&D process. The successful candidate will have a solid knowledge of plant sciences along with hands on plant tissue culture experience. As part of our R&D team, you will be working in a dynamic environment, and you should be able to communicate complex biological mechanisms, methods, analyses, and results with scientists from diverse backgrounds.


Key Roles and Responsibilities

The following is not intended to be an exhaustive list of roles and responsibilities but rather to provide potential applicants with guidance around the main aspects of the job, that includes:

  1. Assisting in the planning and undertaking of experiments as scheduled in the relevant project plan(s).

  2. Plant tissue culture, routine growth and maintenance of plants and plant cell lines on solid media and in liquid suspension cultures.

  3. Analysis of plant cell lines including molecular biology (e.g. RNA/DNA extractions, PCR), plant metabolite analysis (e.g. biochemical assays) and phenotype analysis (e.g. microscopy).

  4. Analysis and communication of results using a variety of software packages.

  5. Ad hoc R&D duties as required.

The successful candidate is expected to be able to prioritise their own workload and report any deadline issue to their line manager.


Qualifications and Key Skills


Essential Criteria

  • BSc/MSc or equivalent in biology, biotechnology, plant science, plant biotechnology, and/or related disciplines.

  • Demonstrable practical skills and experience in lab-based biological science research.

  • Experience working under sterile conditions.

  • Competent IT user with experience of MS Office packages, including statistical analysis in MS Excel.

  • Well-developed organisation skills, attention to detail.

  • Strong communication skills.

  • Self-driven team player.


Desirable Criteria

  • Experience in plant and/or mammalian cell biology and tissue culture.

  • Experience with molecular biology analytical techniques.

  • Critical thinking, ability to follow and optimise research procedures.

  • Ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced, multi-tasked environment.


Additional information

  • Job title: Research Associate

  • Reports to: R&D manager

  • Job location – Edinburgh

  • Job type: Full time

  • Hours of work: Core working hours between 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. 40 hours per week including 1 hour lunch break per day.

  • Salary: £27,500 - £32,500 per year depending upon experience.

  • Benefits: 28 days holiday (inclusive of 8 public holidays), pension scheme, EMI share options.

  • Right to work in the UK: Essential

  • Reference: upon request


At Green Bioactives we value and encourage diversity and are committed to promoting equality of opportunity and eliminating discrimination. We are committed to offering support and making reasonable adjustments to allow full participation in the recruitment process. Please let us know of any requirements you have, and we will consider any reasonable adjustments.


Application Instructions

If you are excited about plant biotechnology and meet the above criteria, we would be happy to hear from you. Please apply here

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