Scientific Research

Job Vacancy: Research Associate – Natural Product Chemistry

Cornwall, UK



Salary: £27,000-£35,000 depending on experience, skills, and qualifications

Employment Type: Permanent

Hours per week: 35 hours

Location:​This role is based at our state-of-the-art campus near Truro

Closing Date: Friday 18th August 2023


Phytome Life Sciences is an independent innovation company collaborating with partners to invent and develop plant-centred products and technologies. We’re a diverse group of innovative trailblazers with a shared passion and focus on creating impact in people’s lives and building an industry to grow a better future. With a focus on transforming plant-based medicines together, we design, develop, and engineer new technologies and therapeutics that unlock the potential to have a lasting global impact.


About the role:

Reporting to our Lead Scientist – Natural Product Chemistry, Dr. Jasper Newman, we’re looking for a Research Associate to join our team. The role will utilise core organic chemistry techniques developing plant extraction and purification methods scalable for supercritical CO2. Research will also focus on adapting functionality in plant derived molecules and drug delivery devices supported by analytical methods including GC-MS and LC-MS.  

It’s a great time to be joining us as we prepare for lots of new and exciting projects in the pipeline. You’ll play a pivotal role, partnering with our team to help us achieve our goals.


The sort of things you will be doing:

You’ll be working in a small, high-velocity team of scientists to:

  • Conduct individual and collaborative research projects. This includes developing objectives, setting up and monitoring experiments, maintaining up-to-date research notes, and entry and analysis of the resulting data.
  • Devise and execute experiments to achieve the goals of our research
  • Present results of your research and contribute to the publishing of results in high-quality peer-reviewed academic literature.
  • Participate in a mentored learning programme to further develop expertise and know-how


​This role will be a great fit if:

You have experience in a fast-paced, commercially focused and hands-on scientific research role. You’ll hold a degree in chemistry or a related subject, either PhD, Masters level, or Bachelors with relevant additional research experience. You’ll be highly skilled in organic chemistry, with knowledge and experience of routine wet chemistry techniques, including methods of extraction and purification, and you’ll be familiar with Liquid Chromatography and Gas Chromatography techniques.

Having experience in managing data sets through programming, processing analytical information into robust reports would be a big advantage, but not essential.

  • You’re comfortable working effectively in a small team
  • You can demonstrate an innovation mindset to drive science and technology development
  • You like to take ownership, work at pace, and get things done.
  • You’re comfortable using Microsoft Office Suite, QMS and LIMS.


For full details, and to apply, click HERE.