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Colorifix Careers

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In order to create real change in the industry, we are continually adding new talent to our already exceptional team. Below is a list of our open positions. If there is not a match for your skills, we encourage you to check back later.

In addition, we are always looking for talented computational biologists, Python developers and data analysts to join us. Drop us a line at rebase@colorifix.com.

Junior Fermentation Scientist

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Role description:
The Junior Fermentation Scientist will be part of a team supporting research and development and day-to-day operations of Colorifix’s proprietary processes, involving fermentation at its pilot scale site in Cambridge. As part of the Colorifix cross-site Fermentation Team this role will involve excellent communication of plans, results and tech transfer to colleagues across sites. The role requires a sound knowledge of fermentation processes (batch, fed-batch, continuous), high competency in aseptic technique and the handling and management of Class 1 genetically modified bacteria and yeast. The Junior Fermentation Scientist will also be responsible for the coordination of experiments using small scale fermenters. The position will require close working with other Divisions to coordinate fermentation derived work packages in active projects.
Assigned tasks will include, preparation and characterisation of working/master cell banks and seed trains, all aspects of running a fermenter and data collection, underpinned with quality control measures. The Junior Fermentation Scientist will also contribute to the maintenance and efficient running of the fermentation suite, with good laboratory practice. The nature of the work will mean that from time to time this may include working over a weekend and with flexible hours and occasionally at Colorifix’s Norwich site.

Essential skills and experience:
● BSc in Biological sciences, bioprocess engineering or similar
● A PhD in a Fermentation related activity OR 3-5 years relevant technical work experience in a microbiological laboratory environment
● First-hand experience of running lab-scale fermenters (0.5 – 5L).
● An excellent understanding of microbiology and working with aseptic technique.
● Experience in the use of conventional laboratory equipment (e.g. centrifugation, microscope, spectrophotometer, pH meter).
● Excellent communicator: report writing, presentations and verbal communication skills are a necessity.
● Flexible team player that is committed to the success of the team as a whole.
● Ability to follow standard operating procedures and continuously improve lab operations.
● Good organizational skills. Practiced in timely data analysis and report writing.
● Experience of working on multiple projects at once.

Desirable skills and experience:
● Experience of preparing master/working cell banks or seed trains.
● Experience of running large scale fermenters (25-300L+)
● Experience of the use of electronic lab books, attention to detail for record keeping
● Experience in troubleshooting and problem solving.
● Writing SOPs and implementing quality control measures
● Working with quality control templates for data analysis
● Experience of working in multi-disciplinary teams

Title: Junior Fermentation Scientist
Reports to: Head of Fermentation
Location: Cambridge
Remuneration: £31-34,000 DOE
Holidays: 25 + BH + Birthday
Benefits: Pension scheme, EMI share options, mental health support and employee wellbeing budget, company social events and annual retreat

Apply:
Please submit your CV and cover letter to recruitment@colorifix.com stating the role that you are applying for in the subject line. Applications without specific cover letters will not be considered.

The closing date for applications is 31st January 2023

Colorifix is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment

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Special Projects

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Role description:
This role is different from most roles at Colorifix. It will involve independent research with less reliance on teamwork and more focus on synergistic project areas that would add significant value to the company without playing a direct role in the existing product development pipeline.
Special projects require individuals with a high degree of dedication, focus and track record of imaginative independent project management and/or product development. Applicants for this role will need a deep understanding of biology, chemistry and engineering.

Individuals in this role will report directly to the CSO and must put forward innovative proposals that will be approved by a C-Level committee. Multitasking, organization and flexibility is essential as we expect members of Special Projects to be involved in up to three projects at a time. Whilst the role offers a higher degree of freedom and independence than most in the company, projects and their continuation will be subject to quarterly review.

Essential Skills:
● PHD – Electrochemistry, Surface Chemistry, Biochemistry
● Capable of Independent work
● Ability to interpret and analyse various types of data
● Have interdisciplinary experience
● Capable of multi-tasking
● Highly Motivated

Desirable Skills:
● Past experience could include: Electrochemistry, Surface chemistry, Cell Biology, Synthetic Biology, Bioinformatics, Biochemistry and Material science.
● Postdoctoral experience in these areas is also an advantage

Title: Special Projects
Reports to: CEO & CSO
Location: Norwich
Remuneration: Competitive
Holidays: 25 + BH + Birthday
Benefits: Pension scheme, EMI share options, mental health support and employee wellbeing budget, company social events and annual retreat
Local Amenities: On-site cafes, on-site nursery, parking

Apply: Please submit your CV and cover letter to recruitment@colorifix.com stating the role that you are applying for in the subject line.

The closing date for applications is 31st January 2023

Colorifix is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

Apply

QA Coordinator

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Role description:
Colorifix Ltd. is in the process of implementing ISO 9001:2015 so this is an exciting time to join the Quality team as a QA Coordinator supporting the development, implementation and organisation of the Quality Management System. You will liaise with various departments in a busy and dynamic environment, so we’re looking for someone adaptable, approachable and able to communicate with a wide range of people, this will include regular travel to our Norwich offices.

As a QA Coordinator you will be involved in:
● Planning and conducting internal audits to ISO 9001 standards, reporting on non conformance and working collaboratively to resolve
● Assisting in defining and drafting quality documentation to ensure effective and efficient performance across business processes
● Supporting the various departments to establish and maintain a documentation control system
● Maintaining accurate records relating to compliance and quality throughout the design and development process.
● Report on the effectiveness of the quality system and the needs for improvement

Essential skills and experience:
● An undergraduate degree and/or experience in a relevant field
● Experience of working with Quality Management System ISO 9001:2015
● A keen eye for detail and efficiency in the way that they work
● Excellent written and verbal English language skills
● Knowledge of CAPA and quality problem solving tools

Desirable skills
● Knowledge of other management systems including ISO14001; ISO45001 would be an advantage

Title: QA Coordinator
Reports to: CTO
Location: Cambridge with regular travel to Norwich
Remuneration: £27,000 – £35,000
Benefits: Pension scheme, EMI share options, mental health support and employee wellbeing budget, company social events and annual retreat

Apply: Please submit your CV and cover letter to recruitment@colorifix.com stating the role that you are applying for in the subject line.

The closing date for applications is 31st January 2022

Colorifix is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

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Mechanical Engineer

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Role description:
As part of the Colorifix Team, you will be responsible for the maintenance of the machinery and support utilities of the Cambridge site. Additionally, you may be called on to attend offshore installations as required to follow the installation of new machinery or work on the maintenance of the same. Reporting to the head of the department, additional cooperation with all departments may be needed. Establish PPM for all equipment.

Essential skills and experience:
● Qualifications in mechanical engineering or closely associated certification.
● High level of technical knowledge with the ability to apply to practical problems.
● Improving production processes, installation and maintenance of machinery and parts.
Desirable skills and experience
● Experience working offshore.
● Good knowledge of engineering QC for new machinery
● TIG welding is desirable but not essential
● Keen to develop new skills
● Previous experience working in a team
● Experience in working in multi-disciplinary teams.
● Hands-on approach to on-site problems outside of normal skill set

Title: Mechanical Engineer
Reports to:Head of Coloration
Location: Cambridge
Remuneration: £35,000-40,000
Holidays: 25 + BH + Birthday
Benefits: Pension scheme, EMI share options, mental health support and employee wellbeing budget, company social events and annual retreat

Apply: Please submit your CV and cover letter to recruitment@colorifix.com stating the role that you are applying for in the subject line.

The closing date for applications is 31st January 2023

Colorifix is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

Apply

Coloration Dyehouse Operator

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Role description:
As a Dyehouse Operator, you will operate dyeing and finishing equipment at our commercial site in Cambridge.
You will be energetic and detail-oriented, willing to learn and develop a career in textile application and an interest in colour. If you are able to perform these tasks, we want to make you part of our team.
We offer:
● Complete on-the-job training
● Comprehensive benefits
● Opportunity for growth and advancement
● Compensation commensurate with knowledge, skill, and experience.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:
● Operate dyeing and finishing equipment, including but not limited to:
jet dyeing, Yarn dyeing, de-twisting, hydro extractor and running the relaxed dryer
● Weighing chemicals, transferring fermentation liquors for dyeing
● Preparation of fabrics and yarns for dyeing
● Load and unload fabric and yarn into the dye vessel
● Maintain quality to customer specifications
● Contribute to a clean environment
● Maintain regular, punctual attendance and behaviour in a respectful and professional manner
● Maintain work areas and equipment
● Operate lab dyeing equipment specifically Ahiba Datacolor IR dyer
● Cutting and preparation of fabric samples
● Drying/mounting of dyed fabrics samples
● Maintaining stock levels of fabrics and yarns for use in the pilot plant.

Role Requirements:
● Safely lift to 25kg
● Understand basic maths and measuring skills
● Be able to stand and walk for extended periods of time
● Physically fit
● GCSE level of education

Desirable skills and experience

● Previous experience working in a team
● Experience in record keeping and logging of work in a timely manner.
● Experience in working in multi-disciplinary teams.

Title: Colouration Dyehouse Operator
Reports to: Dyehouse Manager
Location: 9 Nuffield Road, Cambridge, CB4 1TF
Remuneration: £23,000-25,000
Holidays: 25 + BH + Birthday
Benefits: Pension scheme, EMI share options, mental health support and employee wellbeing budget, company social events and annual retreat

Apply: Please submit your CV and cover letter to recruitment@colorifix.com stating the role that you are applying for in the subject line.

The closing date for applications is 31st January 2023

Colorifix is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

Apply

Administrative Assistant

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Role description:
Colorifix is a start-up made up of people who firmly believe that sustainable practices are key to creating a balance between mankind and the earth. We are looking for a full time Administrative Assistant/Receptionist who believes in our core values for our pilot facility in North Cambridge, to help with administrative support to the growing team there and also act as point of contact for visitors, deliveries etc. and interact with all departments companywide both UK and globally. You will be reporting to both the Head of Dyeing Division and the Office Manager.
We have a unique product and process, and whilst we grow so will your role and knowledge base. Your role will be busy but diverse, including (but not limited to) reception duties, ordering and recording supplies, meeting room management, liaising with service suppliers, keeping the site within any current Covid guidelines, assisting the Head of Coloration division with any day-to-day tasks as required and being the site point of contact for the offsite Office Manager, well as helping out the wider team covering such tasks preparing fabric and hangers etc.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:
● Administration including stocktaking, purchase requisitions, filing, data entry
● Reception duties including welcoming visitors, handling deliveries, answering calls
● Meeting room coordination including diary management, room preparation and refreshments

Desirable skills:

● Educated to A-Level or equivalent
● Good computer skills, we use G-Suite, Slack, Adobe, and other company and role specific software
● Ability to speak a 2nd language

Who are you?:
Adaptable and dependable
● An Excellent communicator with good interpersonal skills
● You have common sense and the ability to take initiative
● You have an interest in and awareness of environmental sustainability
● You have an Interest in textiles and fashion

Title:Administrative Assistant
Reports to:Head of Coloration Division & Office Manager
Location:Cambridge
Remuneration:£20 -24,000pa depending on experience
Holidays: 25pa + BH
Benefits: Pension scheme, EMI share options, mental health support and employee wellbeing budget, company social events and annual retreat

Apply: Please submit your CV and cover letter to recruitment@colorifix.com stating the role that you are applying for in the subject line.

Colorifix is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

Apply

Protein Scientist

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Role description:
We seek to hire a highly motivated Protein Scientist to join the Microbial Engineering Division at Colorifix. The successful candidate will be a pivotal member of a multidisciplinary, creative, and dedicated team focused on the development of heterologous natural pigment pathways in industrially relevant microorganisms for application at scale in the textile industry. You will bring your knowledge and experience in protein biology to strengthen the colour development pipeline. The Microbial Engineering team is looking for a candidate who enjoys multi-disciplinary teamwork, taking on challenges, shows creativity, flexibility, enthusiasm, and excellent communication skills.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:
● Bring extensive protein engineering experience to the optimisation of the catalytic activity and/or protein solubility or stability of key rate-limiting enzymes in natural pigment pathways
● Apply rational and directed enzyme evolution processes to enhance TYR (titer, yield, rate) in production microbial chassis
● Lead the design, production and testing of complex proteins including multi-domains and fusion proteins
● Implement combinatorial approaches to protein engineering to diversify the biosynthesis of natural pigments
● Collaborate both within the team and with other Divisions to ensure continuity in the development, characterisation, and optimisation of rate-limiting enzymes
● Report accurately experimental results and communicate them effectively, both in written and verbal form

Role Requirements:
● MSc, PhD or equivalent recognized degree with a minimum of 5 years of relevant lab experience in protein engineering, structural biology or relevant field
● Great understanding of protein structure biology and its application in protein engineering of biocatalysts
● Knowledge or hands-on experience with enzymology and development of protein screening assays
● Extensive experience in leading and troubleshooting recombinant protein delivery
● Computational protein structure analysis – Visualisation platforms such as Molstar, PDB or related
● Computational enzyme design – molecular docking, molecular dynamics simulation
● Proven record of rational or directed evolution for improved TYR, protein solubility or stability
● Strong attention to detail and good problem-solving skills
● Strong interpersonal and communication skills and a high level of organisation
● A strong desire to learn and build on the role.

Desirable skills
● Knowledge or hands-on experience with natural products (CYP450s)
● Knowledge or hands-on experience with bacterial and fungal microorganisms
● Computational approaches based on machine learning
● Knowledge of mass spectrometry and other relevant protein characterisation techniques
● Experience in chemical engineering or microbial fermentation

Title:
Protein Scientist
Reports to: Head of Microbial Engineering
Location: Norwich Research Park, Norwich, NR4 7GJ
Remuneration: £37,000-41,000
Holidays: 25 + BH + Birthday
Benefits: Pension scheme, EMI share options, mental health support and employee wellbeing budget, company social events and annual retreat
Local Amenities: On-site cafes, on-site nursery, parking

Apply: Please submit your CV and cover letter to recruitment@colorifix.com stating the role that you are applying for in the subject line. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

The closing date for applications is 31st January 2023

Colorifix is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

Apply

Analytical Chemist

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Role description:
As part of the Analytics team, the Analytical Chemists will play an integral role in supporting the day-to-day operations in Norwich, UK. The ideal candidate should be looking for a new challenge in a fast-moving, collaborative environment and has significant experience of a broad spectrum of analytical techniques, particularly HPLC and LC-MS, but also involving UV/VIS spectrophotometers.
This exciting role will be cross-disciplinary, working with synthetic biologists, fermentation scientists, analytical scientists and informaticians. Colorifix is looking for a candidate who enjoys multidisciplinary teamwork, taking on challenges, shows flexibility and strong attention to detail.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:
● Running our in-house analytical methods that will ensure the quality and safety of our products and processes with a particular focus on pigments, biosynthesis precursors and metabolites in microbiological matrices using HPLC and LC-MS.
● Perform these methods with a high degree of accuracy and precision
● Performing sample analysis on experimental samples and on our prototype and market-ready products
● Discuss and present an interpretation of analytical results in collaboration with the Informatics team
● Working closely with other teams to ensure that the analytical chemistry results are most effectively used to improve our processes and products

Role Requirements:
● MSc in Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry or related areas with a focus on analytical methods or quality control
● A minimum of 2-4 years of experience preferably in industry
● An interest in gaining experience of analytical method development
● Experience carrying out analytical methods according to QC protocols particularly HPLC and LC-MS, but also involving UV/VIS spectrophotometers
● You are highly organised with a strong attention to detail
● Ability to deliver high-quality work under constraints of time
● Ability to work closely in an interdisciplinary and multicultural team
● Ability to manage several requests simultaneously

Desirable Skills:
● Some experience of GC-MS (particularly Headspace or SPME) would be advantageous
● Experience of high-resolution mass spectrometry (semi-targeted analysis)
● Experience with extraction and analysis of natural pigments and fermentation products from microbiological samples
● Experience of other spectroscopic techniques (eg. Raman Spectroscopy)
● Experience with method development
● Some experience of purification of natural products (eg. semi prep chromatography)
● Experience with Waters HPLC systems and Empower Software

Title: Analytical Chemist
Reports to: CTO
Location: Norwich Research Park, Norwich, NR4 7GJ
Remuneration: £31,000-37,000
Holidays: 25 + BH + Birthday
Benefits: Pension scheme, EMI share options, mental health support and employee wellbeing budget, company social events and annual retreat
Local Amenities: On-site cafes, on-site nursery, parking

Apply: Please submit your CV and cover letter to recruitment@colorifix.com stating the role that you are applying for in the subject line.

The closing date for applications is 31st January 2023

Colorifix is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

Apply

Back End Developer

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Role description:
Colorifix has a unique operation and business model. Therefore, we like to build our own bespoke software tools to help the business run. We are looking for a back-stack developer to join our team and help us build data and content management platforms.
You will be working in collaboration with data scientists, engineers and the implementation team to develop simple and flexible solutions for interaction with our clients and staff.

Informatics is a small but rapidly growing division at Colorifix. Each member of the team is an expert in their own field and we do our best to create a collaborative environment where everyone can work flexibly, grow into the role and learn from each other. We value initiative, desire to learn and a drive for exploration. Although the whole company is growing fast, it still has a start-up vibe. The role will be development-heavy, but there will be plenty of opportunities to engage with other activities of the team and contribute to how the company functions as a whole.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:
● Writing, documenting, testing and reviewing Python code
● Participating in software architecture design and advising on API development
● Writing automation scripts to support every aspect of the business

Role Requirements:
Essential –

● Excellent Python skills and familiarity with ASGI frameworks and toolkits, e.g. Starlette, FastAPI, Starlite
● Experience with Python database toolkits and object-relational mapping, e.g. SQLAlchemy, neomodel
● Familiarity with REST API, HTTP, Websockets
● git
● MacOS, Linux

Desirable
● Experience with graph databases, e.g. Neo4j
● Experience working with headless content management systems

Title:Back-End Developer
Reports to: Head of Informatics
Location: Norwich or Cambridge, but remote/hybrid is also an option
Remuneration: £50,000 – £55,000
Holidays: 25 + BH + Birthday
Benefits: Pension scheme, EMI share options, Life Insurance, Health Cash Plan, mental health support and employee wellbeing budget, company social events and an annual retreat

Apply: Please submit your CV and cover letter to recruitment@colorifix.com stating the role that you are applying for in the subject line.

Colorifix is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

Apply

Full-Stack Developer

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Role description:
Colorifix has a unique operational and business model. Therefore, we like to build our own bespoke software tools to help the business run. We are looking for a full-stack developer to join our team and help us build data and content management platforms.

You will be working in collaboration with data scientists, engineers and the implementation team to develop simple and flexible solutions for interaction with our clients and staff.

Informatics is a small but rapidly growing division at Colorifix. Each member of the team is an expert in their own field and we make our best to create a collaborative environment where everyone can work flexibly, grow into the role and learn from each other. We value initiative, desire to learn and a drive for exploration. Although the whole company is growing fast, it still has a start-up vibe. The role will be development-heavy but there will be plenty opportunities to engage with other activities of the team and contribute to how company functions as a whole.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

● Writing, documenting, testing and reviewing Python and JavaScript code
● Participating in software architecture design and advising on API development
● Writing automation scripts to support every aspect of the business
Role Requirements:

Essential
● Excellent Python skills and familiarity with ASGI frameworks and toolkits, e.g. Starlette, FastAPI, Starlite
● Experience with Python database toolkits and object relational mapping, e.g. SQLAlchemy, neomodel
● Familiarity with REST API, HTTP, Websockets
● Excellent client-side JavaScript skills
● Experience working with Vue.js and Quasar frameworks
● git
● MacOS, Linux

Desirable
● Experience with graph databases, e.g. Neo4j
● Experience working with headless content management systems

Title: Full-Stack Developer
Reports to: Head of Informatics
Location: Cambridge, Norwich with option for blended working from home
Remuneration: £50-55,000 DOE
Holidays : 25 + BH + Birthday
Benefits: Pension scheme, EMI share options, mental health support and employee wellbeing budget, company social events and annual retreat

Apply: Please submit your CV and cover letter to recruitment@colorifix.com stating the role in the title

Colorifix is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

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PhD Internships (PIPS Placement)

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We offer three month internships for PhD students undertaking a PIPS Placement. If you’re interested in our mission to make colour more sustainable for all and want to make a real impact during your three-month project, get in touch!

 
Our internships occur within one of our R&D Teams. We’re looking for the following experience and interest:

Informatics: Confident in Python and with a background in bioinformatics, bioengineering, chemoinformatics, data visualisation, or computer science.

Coloration: Material science, biomaterials, or surface chemistry.

Microbial Engineering: Natural products, synthetic biology, molecular microbiology, analytics, or fermentation.

Please send a CV and cover letter to recruitment@colorifix.com

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