Associate Biological Scientist

Job description


Named by the World Economic Forum as one of the world’s 30 Technology Pioneers 2016, Synthace is  building a software platform, Antha, to transform the way biology is done. We're moving biology from manual processes with hand held pipettes and lab books to reproducible automated experimentation, traced samples, structured datasets and cutting-edge data analysis. This is a highly collaborative effort between software developers, biologists, engineers, mathematicians, bioinformaticians, designers and our growing list of industrial partners in the biosciences. 


We are looking for a masters-level scientist who shares our passion for revolutionising biology, to join the diverse team at Synthace and help test and develop the Antha platform. You will be a highly motivated, intelligent and organised biological scientist or engineer.

You will play a crucial role in designing and running experiments to test the function of the Antha platform in a rigorous and quantitative manner. This will mainly be a lab-based role, with strong focus on QA/QC, reporting to a senior scientist. 

Your excellent documentation skills, and ability to communicate effectively, will be crucial for this role. Although we’re asking for a decent grounding in hands-on science, we will provide you with comprehensive training in necessary automation engineering, programming skills, and multivariate statistics. 

With outstanding performance and determination, there will be excellent opportunities for you to expand your skill-set and progress within the company, potentially into a Scientist/Engineer position. 



• Master’s degree or equivalent experience in a biological discipline or engineering

• Proven hands-on lab experience

• Some programming experience (e.g. Go, C++, Python, R)

• Quantitative mindset

• Rigorous and methodical attention to detail

• Positive can-do attitude with well-honed organisational skills

• Excellent communication skills both written and verbal


• Interest in or experience of automation

• Experience with version control (i.e. Git)

• iGEM or other extracurricular science activities