We are Hiring – Plant Chemist

Plant Chemist 

Based at the pilot plant site at Melton Mowbray, the plant chemist will have day-to-day responsibility for operating a small chemistry laboratory, carrying out analysis of samples from the pilot plant in order to support optimisation of the process. In addition, the candidate will support an engineer in the operation of the full-scale pilot plant, as well as carrying out trial experiments on a lab-scale ultrasonic unit.

Main duties and responsibilities

  • Maintain a small analytical chemistry laboratory, including taking responsibility for health and safety requirements in the lab.
  • Operate and maintain analytical equipment including HPLC, ATR-FTIR and UV-Vis.
  • Carry out experiments and use data to inform pilot plant operation and optimisation
  • Support design of experiments, sample analysis and data interpretation
  • Support operation of the Bio-Sep pilot plant in combination with a process engineer
  • Design and carry out processing trials on a small-scale ultrasonic system
  • Working with the Chief Chemist, support development of robust pathways to commercialisation for Bio-Sep products
  • Other activities to support the growth and development of the company and its technology as appropriate

Person specification

  • Qualified to degree, masters or PhD level in chemistry or related subjects
  • Experience of working in an analytical chemistry environment, using standard analytical equipment including HPLC, UV-Vis, FTIR and wet chemistry techniques
  • Operation of pilot plants an advantage
  • Broad understanding of the biorefinery market, including competing technologies and key market players
  • Experience of designing experimental procedures, carrying out experiments and using the results to solve problems and inform future research
  • Self-starter, able to plan their own time whilst managing multiple projects over different timescales with minimal supervision
  • Practical person with excellent analytical skills
  • Confident at interacting with all levels of seniority both within the company and externally
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Confident at handling large volumes of data and distilling relevant information into documents/presentations for technical and non-technical stakeholders
  • Methodical and organised
  • Keen to learn new skills and support Bio-Sep to grow its business through access to accurate data

Bio-Sep is a pre-commercial company based in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, which has developed a novel, patented ultrasonic process for the fractionation of biomass into high value platform chemicals. After a period of intense R&D activity, Bio-Sep is now looking to commercialise its technology and seeks a talented chemist to join its expanding operation.

This position has now been filled, if you would like to find out about new vacancies or research opportunities when they open up please get in touch via email or the contact form.

RSC Emerging Technologies Competition Finalist

Emerging Technologies Finalist 2021

RSC Emerging Technologies Competition 2021 Finalist

We are proud to announce that we have been selected as a finalist in the Royal Society of Chemistry’s annual Emerging Technologies Competition. The competition is the Royal Society of Chemistry’s annual initiative for early stage companies and academic entrepreneurs who want to commercialise their technologies to make a societal impact. The competition is open to European companies and seeks to identify start-ups and spin outs who are developing the most novel, innovative and promising chemistry tech.

For 2021, the competition attracted over 120 high-quality applications and our final shortlisted 24 companies represent a diverse range of proposals from tech innovators, start-ups and spin outs from across the continent.

Our ultrasonic biorefinery technology that enables the conversion of non-food woody biomass to high value chemicals has been chosen as a finalist in the enabling technology category for sustainable innovation.

The novel process (BioSep+) technology converts lignocellulosic biomasses efficiently, cleanly and economically into cellulose, sugars and lignin.

The process is environmentally friendly using recoverable solvents, and demands significantly less energy than comparable process by employing ultrasound to break the chemical bonds in the biomass. We produce quality separated products for use as bio-sourced platform chemicals in a wide range of industrial and domestic applications.

Follow the link to view the finalists and read about the competition – Enabling Technologies Finalists

The final of the competition is an online dragon den style pitch event which runs on the 29th and 30th June 2021. The enabling technology category finalists will be pitching between 1-3pm on the 30th June. This pitch event is open for anyone to attend virtually follow the link below to the competition to sign up.

Emerging Technologies Competition Finals