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Analytical / Organic Chemist

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Analytical / Organic Chemist

Location: Edinburgh, UK


Reports to Production Lead


  • PhD qualified in a relevant Life Sciences discipline, with a focus on Organic Chemistry and/or Analytical Biochemistry


Salary: TBD

28 days of holidays (inclusive of bank holidays), pension scheme, EMI share options

Job description

About Green Bioactives Ltd.

Established in 2020, Green Bioactives Ltd (GBL) is an exciting and innovative early-stage company which has developed a sustainable, reliable, economical plant cell-based biomanufacturing platform for plant-derived biomolecules. GBL is pioneering the discovery, development and sustainable production of high value natural products in plant cells and employing production processes that help protect and sustain the environment. GBL aims to become the world’s leading supplier of safe, natural and sustainable plant-derived biomolecules.


Analytical / Organic Chemist

Reporting to the Production Lead, you will be responsible for developing product-specific analytical methods and leading the characterisation of materials produced from Green Bioactives cell culture systems. You will also have a key role in developing and implementing processes for the purification of an array of plant-derived biomolecules.

You will have a dynamic, exciting and challenging role, your duties and responsibilities including;

  • Developing and implementing methods to detect and quantify complex secondary metabolites from plant cells and cell culture media, including extraction and purification and a range of other biochemical assays

  • Working with third parties to develop methods to detect and quantify complex biomolecules

  • Leading the design, implementation, optimisation, and training associated with all aspects of analytical chemistry within Green Bioactives

  • Working with colleagues in the R&D team to plan suitable experiments to compare the productivity of different plant cell lines

  • Act as subject matter expert on GBL biomolecule analysis

  • Supporting scientists involved in downstream processing to develop efficient, scalable and sustainable methods to purify biomolecules of interest from production scale bioreactors

  • Ensuring all laboratory activity is accurately recorded and maintained to meet all organisational protocols and standard operating procedures

  • Contributing to a safe and efficient work environment by undertaking relevant risk assessments and drafting Standard Operating Procedures

  • Support recruitment and team development activity including mentoring and development of the production team.


PhD qualified in a relevant Life Sciences discipline, with a focus on Organic Chemistry and/or Analytical Biochemistry, you will have a wealth of industry experience as an Organic Analytical Chemist role, with responsibility for developing methods to identify and quantify specific biomolecules.  You will be able to demonstrate proven experience in sample preparation and analysis affect observed results with a fundamental understanding of the physicochemical properties of target metabolites and experience to develop associated extraction, quantification, and purification methodologies and metabolite and multivariate analysis of the resulting data and experience in developing and running HPLC methods. A direct working knowledge of analytical chemistry equipment specification, selection and evaluation as well as set-up and operational optimisation is essential, a background using benchtop extraction apparatus (reflux, Soxhlet), rotary evaporator and distillation setup for solvent recovery would be a distinct advantage.

An energetic and highly professional “self-starter,” you will have an inherent ability to rapidly adapt to meet the demands of working within a dynamic multi-functional team. Possessing first class commercial acumen, your well-honed analytical skills will have ensured successful bio-product development and manufacture.

In conjunction with affording the opportunity to undertake complex analytical chemistry for bio-processing operations from initial concept through all growth stages to successful manufacture and production, you will be rewarded with an industry leading remuneration package, including share options, and be afforded a genuine opportunity to play a key role within a dynamic team developing unique, highly innovative products to solve global plant sustainability and yield challenges.


Additional information

  • Reports to: Production Lead

  • Job location: Edinburgh

  • Job type: Full-time.

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

  • Salary: TBD depending upon experience.

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

  • Right to work in the UK: Preferable but not 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.

Eden Scott – Recruitment Partners

Eden Scott is working as recruitment partner with Green Bioactives and any direct or referral applications will be forwarded to them for inclusion in the recruitment campaign – any candidate submissions from alternative sources will not be considered.

For an informal discussion or for further details on this outstanding opportunity, please call Ian Grant on 07584 676 007 or email

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