Fermentation Scientists wanted! – Calysta UK, Redcar job opportunity

Calysta UK Ltd is located in the Wilton Centre, Redcar, Cleveland and is part of the Calysta Inc. group headquartered in Menlo Park, USA. Calysta Inc. focuses on natural gas as a feedstock to produce sustainable chemicals and the animal feed ingredient FeedKind. Natural gas is one of the world’s most abundant, economic forms of carbon, yet it is virtually untapped as a feedstock.

To participate and develop this potentially transformational opportunity we seek candidates with good microbial fermentation skills.

Associate Scientist (Fermentation)

Calysta is facing a very exciting time with increased activity and the establishment of our FeedKind Market Introduction Facility at the Wilton Centre, Teesside. We seek two Research Assistants  that will contribute to our team in order to further develop the Calysta fermentation technology platform. It is expected that you will be a structured individual, and will have good scientific and analytical capabilities, be confident, flexible and proactive.

Calysta will be hiring Fermentation Associate Scientist for the fermentation lab, with expertise in:

Microbial fermentation

The candidate will have biological background and experience with microbial fermentation, sample extraction and analysis using a variety of different methods and tools. The job holder will also be responsible for fermentation equipment maintenance and assay execution, as well as data analysis, and results interpretation. The role will require minimum of a MSc in Fermentation/Microbiology, or biology or related field, with hands-on experience of handling fermentation processes and equipment. The candidate must be able to work both independently and within a small team environment.

It will also during production campaigns be necessary to work outside normal working hours.

Join our team and build the future with us. Interested candidates should send their CV and cover letter to hr@calysta.com using the subject line “UK Fermentation”

RESPONSIBILITIESResponsible for running and maintenance of laboratory scale fermentation equipment

  • Develop fermentation procedures and protocols for day to day activities.
  • Strong knowledge in health and safety aspects of day to day running the lab
  • Helping to design experiments to fermentation assitants, analysing and interpreting data.
  • Able to analyse fermentation samples using microbiological and analytical techniques such as plating, cell counts and knowledge in analytical techniques such as HPLC is a plus.
  • In cooperation with colleagues, to develop and find new solutions for improved fermentation processes.
  • Trouble shooting of fermentation processes
  • Other duties assigned by the management


Education: Minimum of MSc microbial fermentation, or microbiology with a focus on development of microbial fermentations

  • Experience: At least 4 years hands- on experience within fermentation ideally in an industrial setting or academic background with experience will be considered.


  • Experience in working with various fermentation modes including batch, fed-batch continuous with strong understanding of microbial physiology
  • Experience with process equipment and lab scale processing issues.
  • Be independent and manage day to day laboratory work
  • Ability to work autonomously with little supervision
  • Ability to be adapt in a fast-paced dynamic environment
  • Experience working in a collaborative and team-oriented environment
  • Excellent organization and communication skills
  • Willing to work outside normal working hours when is required.
  • Data analysis and presenting them to management team

Calysta can offer

  • A competitive salary and benefits package
  • A committed, high-energy environment in which to work
  • Work with highly motivated and skilled colleagues

BBSRC Innovator of the Year 2019 Award: applications open now

Do you know a brilliant BBSRC-funded researcher that deserves recognition? Innovator of the Year is once again ready to recognise and reward impact from BBSRC’s research portfolio, from commercial success to influence on public policy, from breakthrough inventions to innovative solutions to global problems.

BBSRC relies on recommendations to highlight excellent researchers and encourage them to apply – either directly or by recommending them through our website. We encourage everyone to apply, from early-career researchers who are demonstrating promising impact to experienced academics with a lifetime’s work to celebrate.

Winners of each of the four categories – Commercial Impact, Social Impact, International Impact and Early Career Impact – will receive a £10,000 award, with a further £10,000 for the BBSRC Innovator of the Year winner. Awards will be presented at a high-profile event in London in May 2019.

Further information and links to the application and recommendation forms can be found on our website: http://bbsrc.ukri.org/innovator

The application deadline is 30th January 2019

Minimising the environmental impact of AD digestate on farmland, BDC Dunnington, 6 Nov 18, 9:30-13:30 hrs


Biorenewables Development Centre, Dunnington, Tuesday 6th Nov 2018, 9:30am–1:30pm

The Biorenewables Development Centre is hosting this important event on the environmental impact of digestates on farmland, an area which is being watched closely.

Digestate from anaerobic digestion (AD) is a valuable fertiliser for crops but can also represent a pollution hazard to both soil and the air. This free workshop will consider the issue from the viewpoint of both policy makers and farmers and showcase some new technologies that might provide a solution for farmers as well as new value streams for AD operators. The event is followed by an optional networking lunch. Further details and how to register.

Don’t miss – Agriculture and Food Industries Event – 14 Nov, Harper Adams University

The Science Technology and Facilities Council (STFC) is a multidisciplinary research organisation that operates large-scale national laboratories with key experimental and computational capabilities. They are currently running a funding programme that gives companies access to their facilities and expertise called ‘Bridging For Innovators’ or B4I. As part of the programme, they are arranging a series of events, one each month, across different sectors to generate interest. The next event is on November the 14th at Harper Adams University for companies within the agriculture and food industries, where there will be a number of distinguished keynote speakers and representatives from large companies from within the fields.

More information on the event and the funding is here:




BBSRC Funding – Apply now

We would like to draw your attention to the following BBSRC funding opportunities:

  1. BBSRC Follow-on Funding call – Deadline 10 Oct 18 – funding to help bridge the gap between BBSRC-funded research and its translation into practical application, including commercialisation. See https://bbsrc.ukri.org/funding/filter/follow-on/
  2. 18ALERT: Mid-Range Equipment Initiative – Deadline 25 Oct 18 – aims to enhance the capability of the UK research base in areas of the BBSRC’s remit through the purchase of mid-range equipment (over £200K incl. VAT). Equipment should benefit researchers in one or more institutions for deployment on a multi-project, multi-use basis. See https://bbsrc.ukri.org/funding/filter/2018-alert-mid-range-equipment-initiative/
  3. International Flexible Interchange Programme (I-FLIP) – Deadline 16 Oct 18 – for international exchanges of up to 12 months’ duration between UK and organisations that operate within countries on the DAC list. See https://bbsrc.ukri.org/funding/filter/2018-international-flexible-interchange-programme/
  4. Enterprise Fellowships – Deadline 31 Oct 18 – designed to encourage the development of a new business, building on previously funded BBSRC research to enable the recipient to concentrate on developing the commercial potential of the research. See https://bbsrc.ukri.org/funding/filter/enterprise-fellowships/

IBioIC Collaborative Training Partnership PhD Studentships

Are you a Supervisor looking for PhD studentships in a Biotech area?

IBioIC have 20 Collaborative Training Partnership (CTP) PhD studentships available! Details of the Call are available on-line.

Deadline 1st October 2018



Finding University experts – Konfer

Help! How do I find the expert I’m looking for?

“konfer”, created by the National Centre for Universities and Business in partnership with UKRI, can help businesses, of all sizes, connect with universities. konfer is an online tool that help businesses find opportunities for collaboration including research, researchers, facilities, equipment, funding and support. See: www.ukri.org/innovation/working-with-business/konfer/