Head of R&D


The Head of R&D will manage all aspects of the company’s lab-based research and development. They will be confident in directing all technical work according to MiAlgae’s strategic goals,ensuring that projects are successfully executed according to standard operating procedures and processes, in a safe and efficient manner. The role will lead on all activities relating to MiAlgae’s R&D lab, reporting directly to the Managing Director and working closely with other Heads of Departments. They will manage, mentor and develop a small team of laboratory assistants, PhD and MSc students, whilst liaising closely with the Lab Manager. The successful candidate will be required to attend frequent management group meetings and provide regular concise reports to inform the Executive Team, Board of Directors and potential investors. 


This is a position within a dynamic start-up company and therefore combines discipline-specific knowledge with leadership and business skills to promote the efficiency, profitability and competitive position of the company. The successful applicant will be expected to work flexibly and will not be limited to a strict job description.  


Key Responsibilities:  

  • Drive the direction of the company’s research and development. 

  • Manage a team of researchers and industry-placement students. 

  • Maintain an overview of all ongoing projects and feedback to the MD. 

  • Prepare regular and concise high-level reports for the MD, Board of Directors and potential investors 

  • Liaise closely with the Lab Manager for administration and maintenance of the lab. 

  • Identify and record all IP generated. 


Essential Qualifications 

  • PhD in Biotechnology. 


Essential Experience and Attributes 

  • Industrial experience, or collaborative industry-led academic experience, with focus on biotechnology. 

  • Experience in managing a research team. 

  • Understanding of application of performance and quality metrics to drive organisational excellence. 

  • Business acumen and ability to drive decisions. 

  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely at all levels. 


Desired Experience and Attributes 

  • Experience in biomass production through aerobic fermentation. 

  • Experience with scale-up of lab scale processes. 

  • Understanding of business processes and change management practices. 

  • Desire to work in a startup environment.  

  • Can do, positive attitude.  

  • Ability to work independently. 

  • Strong problem-solving ability. 

  • Strong desire to benefit the environment. 

  • Understanding of circular economy and the associated challenges. 

  • A deep knowledge of data analytics and the deployment of solutions within a diverse environment. 

  • A keen eye for detail. 


Please email your CV and cover letter to careers@mialgae.com with the title “Head of R&D” 


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