Senior Scientist (Fermentation)




MiAlgae is delighted to partner with Abercorn Sinclair as they seek to appoint a new Senior Scientist to their R&D team.  Based at the Herriot Watt Research park in Edinburgh you will join a highly ambitious, dynamic early-stage company.


The Company:

Founded in 2016, MiAlgae applies leading advances in science and technology to improve food security and reduce the impact of humanity on the planet. They aim to eliminate reliance on wild-caught fish as a source of Omega-3 by harnessing the potential of microalgae as a sustainable and rich alternative source. Their zero-waste solution recycles co-products from food and drink production to grow Omega-3 rich micro-algae, returning clean water in the process.


The Role:

Reporting to the Head of Technical you will assume responsibility for all ongoing and future lab-based R&D projects. Working towards the company’s strategic goals you will ensure all projects are executed safely and efficiently, within allocated time constraints, and in accordance with all standard operating procedures and processes.

Liaising closely with the Lab Manager for administration and maintenance of the lab, you will also mentor and develop a small team of research scientists with additional responsibility for Ph.D. projects and MSc placements.

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Influence the direction of the company’s research and development

  • Align the team behind a clear vision of commercially orientated R&D

  • Provide scientific expertise and leadership to all R&D projects

  • Maintain a clear overview and manage all ongoing projects

  • Prepare concise progress reports for the senior team as required 

  • Identify and record all IP generated


Experience and skills:

  • Educated to Ph.D. level in a relevant life science or bioprocess discipline (e.g., Microbiology/ Microbial ecology / Biotechnology)

  • Industrial experience (preferred), or collaborative industry-led academic experience, with a focus on biotechnology

  • Fundamental understanding of microbiology and the challenges associated with the maintenance and propagation of pure cultures

  • Experienced in leading and delivering projects within challenging parameters

  • Demonstrable experience of supervision and development of research scientists  

  • Deep knowledge of data analytics and the deployment of solutions within a diverse environment

  • Continuous improvement - application of performance and quality metrics to drive organisational excellence


Desirable experience:

  • Experience in biomass production through aerobic fermentation

  • Experience in scale-up of lab processes


The Candidate:

As a young, early-stage company we are looking for driven individuals with a flexible approach to work, who are natural problem solvers and thrive in a dynamic environment.  You will be an accomplished communicator with good business acumen and the ability to work independently. Ideally educated to Ph.D. level you will have some demonstrable industry experience in a related biotechnology field.


The Opportunity:

For the right individual, this is a unique opportunity to join an exciting biotech where you can play a key role in influencing their future success.

In return, you can expect a competitive salary plus benefits, the opportunity to progress professionally within the organisation and to work with a team truly committed to developing scalable, sustainable solutions.

For a confidential discussion please contact our retained partner, Keith Tocher at Abercorn Sinclair.


About Abercorn Sinclair

Abercorn Sinclair is a specialist, technical recruitment consultancy based in Edinburgh. We provide permanent, interim, and contract services across the science, technology, and engineering sectors.


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