junior Scientist  
Cell and Molecular Biology

We are looking for an organized, adaptable, driven, cell and molecular biologist who wants to work on globally important problems  at the intersection of biology and engineering.  Working across our biology team at our brand new, self built, independent labs, you will help develop our bioproduction technologies within a commercially focused startup R&D environment.

Anticipated Start Date: as soon as possible
Closing Date: 21 April, 2023
Salary Band
: £20k - £30k
Contract: Full Time
Location: Sheffield, UK

about us

Unicorn biotechnologies is an early-stage, venture backed biotech company. We are developing a next generation biomanufacturing platform to efficiently scale production of all mammalian cell types. Our work crosses cellular/molecular/synthetic biology, and the engineering disciplines. We are creating solutions to real world biomanufacturing problems, and seek to remove the technical bottlenecks prohibiting the mass manufacture of mammalian cell based products. Our technologies will ultimately help produce transformative innovations, from cultivated meat to next-gen therapeutics, tangibly improving human and planetary health.

the role

In conjunction with our team of world class scientists and engineers, you will help prepare, conduct and analyse experiments to support development of our biomanufacturing platform and help accelerate our pace of discovery and experimental iteration.

- Supporting R&D projects through your technical skills in culturing mammalian cells and molecular biology workflows.

- Acting as a champion of quality assurance/control for device testing and other product pipelines.

we value

Curious, creative and driven do-ers, who would relish the opportunity to work with a world class team in a fast paced start-up environment.

Friendly, organised, efficient and enthusiastic people with a can-do attitude.

Collaborative, curious and communicative people who thrive as part of a tight knit but technically diverse team.

People from all backgrounds and walks of life who want to play an active role in creating a company, and a future, we are all proud to be a part of.

need to have

- Experience of mammalian cell culture.

- Experience of molecular biology associated workflows and approaches including gel electrophoresis, DNA/RNA isolation,PCR/qPCR, cloning and sequencing plasmid constructs.

- Ability to communicate effectively with multi-disciplinary scientists/engineers and work on multiple research projects and commercial outputs simultaneously.

- We will consider applicants from any/all relevant background(s), but you are likely to have a BSc with significant laboratory experience, or an MSc, in cellular/molecular/synthetic biology, ideally with at least 1 year of work experience.

nice to have

- Experience culturing multiple different cell types (e .g. cell lines, primary cells, tissue specific progenitor cells, such as MSCs, and stem cells, such as iPSCs).

- Previous exposure to transfection methods for mammalian cells

- Experience of utilising flow cytometry.

- Experience of quality assurance and quality control processes.

- Experience in commercial R&D environments interacting with a diverse array of stakeholders (e.g. suppliers, commercial partners, etc.).


- Join a fast-moving transformative industry in a high growth environment. Opportunity to work on a variety of operational projects across the company  and to rapidly learn new skills.

- Additional research and development training will be delivered by our superb team.

- We seek to empower, not restrict, and give ownership and significant input into key decisions.

- Our networks are your networks. We will do everything to empower and promote the people that work with us.

- You will be based in the UK's greenest city on the doorstep of the peak district with world-class hiking, biking, running, and climbing 15 minutes from our independent biolabs.

- Competitive salary and stock option plan.

join us

Submit your application here

Please fill out the application form. We base the invitation to interview principally on your answers to the questions on the form. If this is not filled out we will not consider your application. However, if you get stuck or have any questions please email

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Unicorn Biotechnologies is an equal opportunity employer committed to providing a working environment that embraces inclusion and diversity.