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Senior Scientist - Plant Transformation

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Pentlands Science Park, Edinburgh, UK
£45,000 - £55,000
Contract type
Permanent full-time (40 hours per week)
We are seeking an experienced plant transformation scientist to help to develop Green Bioactives’ future world-class plant transformation capabilities and build our plant transformation team.

Role Description

About Green Bioactives

At Green Bioactives, we are passionate about improving lives and making a positive impact on the world by developing and commercialising sustainable plant-derived natural products made using our innovative biomanufacturing platform.

Our proprietary Plant Cell Culture Technology has enabled us to revolutionise the way that plant-derived ingredients are produced, using sustainable methods of cultivation without the need to destroy trees or habitats. This means that, in a natural and sustainable way, we can reliably produce ingredients that may otherwise be challenging to obtain at the required volumes year-round.

Everyone at Green Bioactives is driven to do the right thing. We believe in a culture of honesty and transparency, where feedback is considered an opportunity for us to contribute to each other’s professional growth and development. We recognise the value of diversity and are an equal opportunity employer.

We are a highly collaborative team of scientists, technologists, industry experts and entrepreneurs, all united by our mission to protect the environment and revolutionise plant biotechnology.


The “Senior Scientist – Plant Transformation” will help to develop Green Bioactives’ future world-class plant transformation capabilities and build our plant transformation team. The successful candidate will be an expert in plant tissue culture and plant transformation technologies, with strong working knowledge of plant transformation procedures. They will drive both the discovery and process improvements across our plant transformation pipelines, as well as the focused delivery of natural product development milestones across our biomanufacturing platform.

Preference will be given to individuals with tissue culture and transformation experience across diverse plant species, including ornamentals. Industry experience is essential. Familiarity with plant expression vector biology and transgenic plant analysis is required. Experience with plant cell cryopreservation, protoplast culture and plant regeneration/micropropagation techniques would be a plus.

The successful candidate is expected to work primarily in the lab to instil best transformation and tissue culture practices and to direct the daily activities and goals of an initially small team of molecular biologists. They will interface closely with a team of plant cell culture specialists in a highly cross-functional and collaborative atmosphere. Duties extend to oversight of plant sourcing, plant growth and propagation as well as transgenic plant generation and maintenance. Reporting to the Research Lead, they are expected to be an experienced individual who can work with a high degree of autonomy and contribute knowledgeably to the company’s goals and the development of our intellectual property portfolio.

Key responsibilities

  • Develop and implement well-established and novel approaches to nuclear transformation in diverse ornamental plant species, including attention to intellectual property considerations and opportunities.
  • Develop near-term and long-range team goals aligned with company broader objectives and deliverables and provide daily leadership and oversight of the plant transformation function.
  • Manage the successful delivery of transformation-focused project goals for third party collaborations, including outward-facing project planning and reporting.
  • Lead the design and development of plant transformation-related experimental plans.
  • Execute on experiments to develop and optimise our plant transformation activities.
  • Establish good laboratory practices, follow health and safety procedures and protocols, data tracking/analysis/presentation and stewardship oversight of all plant transformation-related discovery and production projects.
  • Regularly and clearly communicate research progress and results to team members and company leadership.

Qualifications and skills

  • Education and Training: Relevant MSc or PhD degree with a minimum of 5 years’ applicable industrial experience in plant tissue culture and transformation.
  • Transformation Experience: Proven record of success and hands-on experience in plant transformation discovery and systems development and improvement.
  • Leadership and Agility: Independent and able to perform under tight timelines and with the agility to change course as needed in a fast-moving startup atmosphere.
  • Organisation: Excellent planner, critical thinker, project and people performance manager with a demonstrated ability to efficiently execute project tasks.
  • Broad Scientific Knowledge: Strong understanding of molecular biology, plant gene expression and plant transformation vector technologies. Knowledge and experience with plant cell cryopreservation, protoplast culture and plant regeneration/micropropagation techniques.
  • Communication Skills: Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to express complex ideas concisely.
  • Problem Solver: Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, capable of finding creative and/or alternative solutions to challenges.

Additional information

  • Job Title: Senior Scientist – Plant Transformation
  • Job Location: Pentlands Science Park, Edinburgh, UK
  • Job Type: Permanent, full-time
  • Hours of Work: 40 hours per week worked Monday to Friday including a paid lunch break of up to 1 hour per day. Flexibility around the core working hours of 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
  • Salary: £45,000 - £55,000 per annum depending on experience.
  • Benefits: 33 days holiday (pro-rated, inclusive of 8 public holidays), pension scheme, EMI share options.
  • Right to Work in the UK: Preferred.
  • References: To be made available upon request.

Green Bioactives is an equal opportunity employer, promoting diversity and inclusion throughout our organization. We offer a dynamic and collaborative work environment where individuals are empowered to contribute to the company's growth and success. As the Senior Scientist – Plant Transformation you will play a vital role in shaping Green Bioactives future and driving the adoption of plant natural product-based solutions across diverse commercial sectors. Join our passionate and innovative team on this exciting journey towards a more sustainable future.

We offer support and make reasonable adjustments to facilitate full participation in the recruitment process. Please inform us of any requirements you may have, and we will consider reasonable adjustments.

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Improving lives at Green Bioactives

Embark on a fulfilling journey at Green Bioactives, where you'll thrive in the dynamic atmosphere of our ambitious startup driven by purpose. As a vital team member, you'll play a key role in the steps from development to commercialisation of sustainable natural ingredients. You will have the opportunity to influence positive change alongside a team of passionate and committed individuals. As we expand, so do your opportunities for progression, ensuring a career that evolves with your skills and aspirations. Join us in shaping a greener, more sustainable future.

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