Lab intern

This internship is paid at UK minimum wage(£8.72 per hour).
08 Oct 2020
25 Oct 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

Mimica now has an opportunity for a creative and detail-oriented lab intern to join our R&D team, starting in November for 3 months, to support various food waste-reduction projects with customers.

This internship is funded by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

About us

At Mimica, we aim to radically reduce unnecessary waste by creating a new standard for freshness information with our product, Mimica Touch, that tells you exactly when to consume food, according to the real temperature conditions it has experienced. It will provide more accurate information than the wasteful expiry dates based on worst case scenarios. We are preparing to launch our first product in the market with industry partners and are looking for someone to join our small lab team at the University of Chester, our collaboration partner, to help us take our critical first steps into the market.


We’re looking for somebody creative, passionate about sustainability, making a difference to food waste and food safety and who wants to take on responsibility - essential to being in a small team.

You should have excellent attention to detail, be comfortable about self-managing and taking on a broad range of tasks. You should be or prepared to be within commutable distance to CH1 4BJ.

Qualifications & experience

  • Graduate of relevant degree in biochemistry, chemistry or food science and graduated within the last 3 calendar years
  • Experience in hydrocolloids, natural water soluble polymers and/or food science
  • Ability through extended experience to independently conduct chemical analysis using a number of chemistry techniques
  • Experience of chemical formulation and project management
  • Analytical and methodical approach to problem solving
  • Excellent understanding of basic laboratory equipment

Internship duties

  • Under direct supervision, conduct routine chemical analysis by preparing samples and running tests in support of the technical  team
  • Help run experiments and reach data-driven conclusions
  • Communicate results to the team in a detailed manner in reports and presentations
  • Carry out routine maintenance of laboratory equipment
  • Literature research on specific topics when needed or when not occupied in lab work
  • Special projects as assigned by the supervisor to further knowledge and development
  • Ability to work in fast-paced startup environment and manage multiple tasks simultaneously

Work hours

We have flexible work hours as long as you put in an 8 hour day - we're happy to work around your schedule as long as experiments are managed. This internship is full time, Monday-Friday.


This internship is paid at UK minimum wage(£8.72 per hour). You will also get access to various skill building courses and workshops through Mimica’s various network memberships.


Our lab is at the Hydrocolloids Research Centre at the University of Chester, a 20 minute walk or 10 minute bus or cycle from Chester train station. You may also do some desk research from home 1-2 per week.


If we’ve made your brain itch, please get in touch and send your CV and cover letter to by 25 October.