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Senior Purification downstream technologist chemist

Chip[s] Board
Beeston, Leeds
Salary £35-45k, based on experience
Closing date
2 Nov 2022

Job Details

We’re looking for a versatile researcher and leader with an extensive background in separation and purification chemistry to join our team. Chip[s] Board produces organic acids from sustainable waste-derived products. This role is an opportunity to lead novel product development, purification technologies and lab-based research focused on pushing our product to commercial realisation. This role will focus on the R&D of separation of fermentation broth.

We are looking for an experienced professional to apply for this opportunity to work in an energetic start-up and play a vital role in the development of new sustainable chemicals and materials. A background in chemistry, organic chemistry or green chemistry is essential. Ongoing training is provided where necessary.



  • The primary focus is the separation of organic acids from fermentation broth using separation and green chemistry methodologies
  • Apply analytical methods to evaluate the composition of fermentation broths and efficiency of separation methods
  • Improve production efficiency, decrease costs, increase yields etc
  • Design and carry out experimental projects focused on separation of organic acids from broth to reach data-driven conclusions
  • Characterise separation efficiency and optimise production throughputs at varying scales
  • Lead innovation in separation and green chemistry under the guidance of the CTO
  • Collaborate with the separation and other R&D teams to innovate 
  • Coordinate with the team in planning experiments and conduct experiments independently
  • Communicate the progress and data analysis in the form of technical reports to individuals with both technical and non-technical backgrounds
  • Maintain lab safety and follow safety guidance in the lab and pilot plant


  • A master’s degree and/or PhD in a relevant scientific discipline (e.g. Chemistry, Green Chemistry or Organic Chemistry) is required for this position
  • Extensive practical experience in separation methodologies are required
  • Significant research and industrial experience is essential
  • Experience in leading a small team of researchers is preferred 

 The ideal candidate

  • Extensive lab and/or industrial experience of multiple industrial separation techniques 
  • Well-developed independent research skills including statistical analysis and experimental design
  • Experience and practical understanding of separation processes
  • Knowledge of analytical techniques (spectrophotometry – OD600, HPLC, ICP-MS/OES)
  • Great interpersonal skills and leadership
  • Desire to work with a multidisciplinary team in a constructive collaborative nature
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced start-up environment while managing multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Practical written and oral communication skills


Share options available

Free on site car parking

Pension, sick pay

Flexible start/finish time working 40 hrs/wk 

Working at our R&D site, Beeston, Leeds

Start date: October/November



Chip[s] Board® was developed around the values of a circular economy, combining research and innovation to maximise the abundant resources not currently being utilised and improve the well-being of the planet.

Cradle to Cradle certification is a key milestone we aim to achieve for all our materials as the company develops. Ensuring our products are kept within the circular economy is important, so we are developing collection strategies and education policies for what to do with the materials at the end of their life.

Find Us
+44 113 824 5472
Unit 4, Matrix Court,
Middleton Grove
Dewsbury Road
LS11 5WB

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