Protein Chemist

Bioengineering · Oxford, Oxfordshire
Department Bioengineering
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Mid-level

Not everyone has an opportunity to make a global impact for good. Those at Ivy Farm certainly do.  We are seeking a Protein Chemist looking for an opportunity to make a global impact for good through creating sustainable cellular agriculture technologies. Food is the second largest contributor to climate change and you be joining a team that are on a mission to change that through scalable cost-effective cultivated meat.


The core purpose of the role is conducting scientific work, to support the development of animal free cost-effective culture media to produce animal muscle and fat cells, in a commercially viable and scalable way. To undertake this work, you will utilise your experience in biochemistry, cell culture/ cell metabolism and protein chemistry to find innovative ways to reduce the cost and improve the efficiency of culture mediums.



  • Develop, optimise, and characterise cell culture medium alternatives to maximise conversion cell growth, keeping scalability in mind
  • Identifying the most appropriate media ingredients for the different phases of cell growth for the creation of cost-effective cultivated meat
  • Identify and isolate compounds for biological evaluation with an understanding of molecular interactions
  • Analysing and summarising experimental results, sharing learning with colleagues, managers and leaders to team  members
  • Keeping abreast of industry established and emerging processes within culture media, identifying the benefits and/or risks


Desirable Experience

  • PhD in Biochemistry (or related field) OR MSc + 2 years+ commercial experience related
  • Good knowledge of Biochemistry/chemistry
  • An understanding of cell metabolism / cell culture / cell biology
  • Experience Isolating and/or extracting plant proteins / fermentation proteins
  • Experience with repurposing feeds
  • Experience with Suspension and/or 3D cell culture or Stem cell / primary cell culture.


Salary: £DOE + Bonus + Excellent Benefits Package
Location: Oxford


We’re an innovative bunch, with a can-do attitude and one that’s unafraid to think differently. We also have projects targets, compliance expectations and – as in any fast-growing business – sometimes competing priorities. That’ll be something you’ve not just seen before but something that you relish. We’ll be looking to you to share you expertise and experience with your team.


We also realise this may well be your first venture into cultivated meat – and that’s absolutely fine – we have a great team that’ll be excited to help you to get to grips with that too. If you have experience of PFD, P&IDs HAZOP, CAD (Autodesk) and Design of Experiment software (DoE) software that’d be great too.


So if you’re ready to join an emerging and ground breaking industry, that’s both able to think differently and actively looking to do so - and one where you can make a difference to animal well-being and sustainability - then we’re waiting to hear from you.


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