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Chemical engineering R&D lead

Location: London, UK
Full-time, flexible 37.5h
Starting as soon as possible
12 month contract (3 month probation) with the possibility of extension (subject to funding)
Closing date: As soon as a suitable candidate is found
Competitive salary, depending on experience and education


About the company
With the aim to decarbonise  the chemicals industry, AromatEco produce chemicals directly from CO2. We engineer microorganisms to directly convert CO2 into high-value chemicals, replacing those currently obtained from fossil fuels or tropical agriculture. 


The role

Your main objective is to contribute towards our first prototype, by designing, evaluating and implementing efficient chemical product capture. You will be working in collaboration with the whole team and reporting to the CSO and management team.


In this role you will:

  • Design, evaluate and implement effective chemical product capture

  • Help design and implement scale-up of entire bioprocess

  • Implement and maintain analytics

  • Lead quantification of environmental impact



If you enjoy challenges and physical hands-on work, you will be a great fit. 



  • Bachelor's degree minimum in Chemical engineering or similar subjects

  • Practical experience with chemicals separation and analytics

  • Theoretical understanding of chemicals separation and life cycle analysis


  • MRes and/or PhD in chemical engineering or chemistry

  • Practical experience with in situ product removal

  • Process modelling

  • Life Cycle Analysis and/or Techno-economic analysis


Given the dynamic and fast-paced start-up environment, we expect you will:

  • Be enthusiastic and passionate

  • Actively keeping at the forefront of current and emerging technologies

  • Have an entrepreneurial spirit and outlook, i.e. proactive, taking initiative and solving problems

  • Be independent, a fast learner with excellent attention to detail

  • Be confident, reliable, and forward-thinking, with a positive attitude to work

  • Be flexible and willing to adapt.


What we offer

  • Flexible working policy with core hours between 10am - 4pm.

  • An autonomous work environment

  • An opportunity to join the core team and grow with the company at such an early stage and contribute towards transforming the chemical industry

  • Core values including inclusiveness, transparency, growth mindset, supportive work environment and a focus on quality results



Applications are considered on a rolling basis and are reviewed throughout the working week. We therefore encourage you to apply quickly, as we wish to fill the role soon. Advertising will close when suitable applicants have applied.


Please submit a CV  and a 1-page executive summary of (i) your most recent and relevant project  and (ii) a bullet point address of essential skills at including

  • Your availability to start

  • Relevant experience and skills

  • Contact details of 2 references


Successful candidates must, by the start of the employment, have permission to work in the UK.