Process Chemist

  • Full time
  • EC2A1AJ, London, England, United Kingdom

We are looking for someone who is ready to solve hard and exciting problems as simply as possible. As a process chemist, you will collaborate extensively with engineers, protein biochemists and polymer chemists.

You will have the resource and capability to use equipment and methods that are unimaginable elsewhere. You will have a substantial sense of urgency around your work, doing whatever it takes to move at a speed commensurate with the time-sensitive nature of plastic pollution and climate change, and importantly, to move faster than our competitors. Success here is building the solution to some of humanity’s greatest challenges without delay.

  • Develop an end-to-end process at bench-scale to transform plastic waste into chemical building blocks, collaborating with the broader team
  • Ideate, develop and implement process improvements for enzymatic reactions and chemical separations to drive our techno-economics
  • Design novel separation processes for various polymers
  • Work onsite in our lab (until we reach plant designing stage)
  • Interpret experimental data to drive experimental plans and document results
  • Identify, quantify, and characterise unknown chemical contaminants using cutting edge analytical techniques
  • Effectively communicate results and implications of experiments to engineers
  • Interface with a team of biologists and engineers to rapidly prototype process solutions

Qualifications and experience

  • PhD in chemistry or related field or a Masters and relevant industry experience. A chemistry focussed background is strongly desirable (for product extraction and characterisation)
  • Research or projects that demonstrate ability to find simple, ways to rapidly solve unstructured complex problems
  • Experience of working with enzymes at scale
  • Experience of leading the process to scale up a reaction at pilot scale to at least 150 litres and showing recovery of products
  • A minimum of 3 years of relevant industry chemistry experience

Benefits and perks

Epoch Biodesign offers a comprehensive benefits program. Currently, this includes:


● A generous allowance of 30 days paid holiday (plus the usual 8 bank holidays)

● Meaningful EMI Share Options

● A non-contributory pension of 9% employer contribution

● Flexible working around the core times of 10am to 4pm

● Cycle to work scheme

● Tech scheme

● Optional private medical insurance with Vitality

● Group Income Protection

● Group Critical Illness

● The opportunity to be part of building something remarkable

On-the-job perks

● Complimentary fresh fruit, coffee, tea and snacks

● Various staff social activities

● Onsite gym

And we are always in the process of reviewing and implementing further on-the-job perks!