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2nd Aug

Senior Scientist - Rumen Biology

— Contribute to the reduction of antibiotic resistance and climate change through innovative bovine-focused solutions.

Wales, UK
Contribute to the reduction of antibiotic resistance and climate change through innovative bovine-focused solutions. 
  • Work as the Senior Scientist, bringing your specialist knowledge of ruminants to an agile and international start-up.
  • Join a growing team as part of a start-up that are devising innovative new ways to tackle major global issues.
  • Lead on R&D projects that benefit livestock and human health.
If you would like to contribute your scientific knowledge to fighting climate change AND reducing antibiotic resistance, this is the opportunity for you! The client is looking for a Senior Scientist with a specialist background in rumen biology to join the team, leading and contributing to R&D projects, whilst also supporting team skill development and providing scientific guidance with your experience as a sectoral expert.
The client is developing a scalable and sustainable solution for livestock emissions, alongside research into the reduction of antibiotic use within ruminants. By working with clients and the UK Government, the client is providing solutions to ensure long-term food security and sustainability for the livestock sector. This is a great opportunity for career development and skill advancement.
What you’ll be doing:
This role will be perfect for you, if you have a desire to :
  • Translate your research findings into practical solutions as the Senior Scientist, looking specifically at the rumen ecosystem and methanogenesis.
  • Lead on R&D projects within anaerobic microbiology and molecular biology from generation of new ideas through to a scalable product or solution.
  • Generate suggestions for the improvement of scientific advancement, such as revision and creation of SOPs, the identification of new technology and equipment requirements, and the improvement of protocols and processes.
  • Train and develop the skillsets of research scientists and technicians, providing both scientific and technical guidance on projects and products.
  • Communicate progress, challenges, solutions, results and new ideas to the R&D team, whilst also collaborating with the Programme Management Officer to track progress and deliver project plans.
What experience you’ll need to apply:
The successful candidate will need:
  • A PhD in Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Biotechnology, Animal Science, Veterinary Science, or an alternative closely related field.
  • Extensive knowledge on microbial ecosystem biology, including methanogenesis within cattle or closely related ruminants.
  • A background in molecular biology and anaerobic microbiology.
  • Experience looking at rumen modifiers (such as probiotics, prebiotics, plant extracts, bacteria) or the reduction of methane emissions from ruminants, using microbiology and/or molecular biology techniques. This includes looking at bulk diet variants for ruminants, with comparisons made on feedstocks that reduce methanogenesis/enteric methane emissions.
  • To approach new challenges with a critical thinking and problem-solving attitude. You will be highly motivated, with strong interpersonal skills and a team-focused mentality.
  • The ability to write scientific articles at publication level.
  • It would be desirable for the chosen candidate to have drug screen development and small molecule screening experience, in addition to patent application knowledge, experience training junior team members, and project management experience.
What you’ll get in return for your experience:
A competitive salary banding of up to £45,000, with the opportunity for equity and;
  • 26 days holiday ( Bank Holidays).
  • 5% Pension contribution.
Please be aware that the client is currently undertaking measures to add to their benefits package. There is the option of working 1-day a week from home.
What's next?
If you would like to work as the Senior Scientist within Rumen Biology for an exciting international start-up, please apply for the position or get in touch with Imogen Turner ( for more information.
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Who's managing this role?

Imogen Turner

Imogen Turner

— Recruiter Environmental & Life Sciences

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