R360 Laboratory Manager: Visa sponsorship available

Laboratory Manager: Visa sponsorship available

  • Anywhere

PhycoWorks is a venture-backed biotech start-up based in London. We believe that industry should integrate with the environment rather than degrade it. Our mission is to accelerate humanity’s transition to a sustainable bioeconomy. We are building a platform that uses AI and synthetic biology to develop algae strains that can transform CO2 into valuable products and are purpose-built for industrial application.

PhycoWorks was founded in June 2021 through Entrepreneur First, a world leading start-up accelerator. Since then, we have assembled a team of world-class scientists and engineers at our facilities in the heart of London. We have engineered highly valuable, novel microalgae strains allowing us to secure 7-figure commercial contracts with industrial giants. Our data platform has processed over 250 reactor years of industrial data and is being used by leading algae producers across the world to analyse and optimise their production.

We are expanding our founding team of scientists and engineers that are passionate about using technology to create a more sustainable future. This is an exciting opportunity to join a mission-driven start-up working at the intersection of biology and computation.


  • Manage laboratory supplies, including managing inventory, ordering, and restocking as needed, as well as keeping accurate records.
  • Manage waste streams and liaise with building management to ensure correct procedures are followed.
  • Procurement and maintenance of new/current equipment. Ensuring current equipment is well maintained, serviced (if necessary) and assist in decisions for new/replacement equipment.
  • Ensure compliance with health and safety regulations, including managing risk assessments, COSHH, SOPs, and training records.
  • Identify areas for optimization including evaluating suppliers for quality and value and testing equipment which may increase productivity.
  • Assess competency and assist in the training and mentoring of laboratory staff.
  • Establish a quality management system for a laboratory accreditation in the future.

Need to have

  • A postgraduate degree in a scientific discipline with proven experience in laboratory management and operations.
  • Knowledge of health and safety regulations and compliance, including use of genetically modified organisms.
  • Experience with inventory management systems.
  • Strong communication, organisational and time management skills.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a research environment.
  • Willingness to perform experimental work for scientists, including cell culture and molecular biology experiments.

Nice to have

  • Proficiency in cell culturing techniques for algal, yeast and bacterial cultures.
  • Proficiency in biochemistry and molecular biology techniques.
  • First aid certification


  • 30 days of paid annual leave per year (excluding bank holidays)
  • Flexible work options.
  • Pension contributions.
  • Cycle to work scheme.
  • Brand new lab and office facilities in central London.
  • Monthly team social (anything from go karting to poker nights).
  • VISA sponsorship is available.

Our values


Together, we go further.


We are a team of experts in different subjects, who are curious and driven to learn outside of their comfort zone.


We are working at the cutting-edge of science and technology, where ideas are continuously tested and challenged.


We are an early-stage start-up, where being self-motivated and taking ownership of your work is critical.


We are dedicated to our mission, our team, and our clients.

Equal opportunity

We provide equal employment opportunities to all candidates and positively encourage applications from qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion/belief, marital status, or pregnancy/maternity.

Join us

If you would like to apply, please fill in this form (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfJgaWulyvZ0hHkLGn2ECcl29OXef1dacnA6KY4pPIPucu4PA/viewform) and we will get back to you with next steps.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: £35,000.00-£45,000.00 per year


  • Bereavement leave
  • Casual dress
  • Company pension
  • Sick pay
  • Work from home


  • Monday to Friday


  • Master’s (required)

Ability to Commute:

  • London, W12 7RZ (required)

Ability to Relocate:

  • London, W12 7RZ: Relocate before starting work (required)

Work Location: In person

Application deadline: 01/03/2024