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Job Title: Research Assistant

Company: MiAlgae Ltd

Location:  Edinburgh, Scotland (with some national travel)

Salary: £21,000 Annually

Employment type: Full-time

Position open from: 1st August



Applications close 15th July 2018


MiAlgae, a high growth potential start-up in the algae production industry, is looking for a driven, proactive Research Assistant to work in its close-knit Edinburgh team. You will use your scientific knowledge and laboratory experience to move the company’s R&D forward. Your role will be to assist in the preparation and execution of experiments, while working closely with the existing R&D team to drive the company’s core focus forward.

This position will require you to work flexibly in a quick paced company that thinks out of the box and does things differently. This position will not be limited to a strict job description and will see the successful candidate working on a diverse set of problems.


Please email your CV and cover letter to or telephone +44 (0)77 9537 3610 for further information.


Job Description:

The Research Assistant will work closely with the current R&D team, where they will assist in the preparation and execution of the experiments. They will be involved in the design of experiments and will be responsible for making up media, maintaining cultures, developing new protocols for the lab and generally assisting where needed. The Company is small and has a lot of room to grow, as such, this position will by no means be limited to a job description. The Research Assistant will be able to work independently and communicate effectively with the rest of the team.


Company Details:

MiAlgae is a start-up microalgae production company which utilizes circular economy (and nutrient recycling) in order to reduce manufacturing costs. The microalgal products generated are aimed at the agricultural feed industry. We are a green company and aim to contribute strongly towards the sustainability of the livestock feed industry. We are particularly interested in the aquaculture feed industry and the production of omega-3 oil supplements for their feeds. MiAlgae is currently in the process of completing the R&D work required to commercialize our product. The successful candidate will operate in a complex working environment with multiple stakeholders, competing priorities and limited resources.


Basic qualifications:

  • BSc in biotechnology or similar subject (or equivalent industrial experience).
  • 1-year of lab experience in industry or academia.
  • The ability to communicate clearly and concisely.


Preferred qualifications:

  • Start-up experience.
  • Fermentation experience.
  • Experience growing microalgae.


Desirable personal qualities:

  • Desire to work in a start-up environment.
  • Can do, positive attitude.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Strong problem-solving ability.
  • Strong desire to benefit the environment.


Key tasks:

  • Assists the R&D team with various lab and production tasks.
  • Assists in the preparation and execution of production runs.
  • Assists in the development of production and Quality Control procedures.
  • Assists on lab tasks and additional biological projects.
  • Assists with product development.
  • Lab admin including COSHH forms and risk assessments.