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Job ID: R-16014 Category: Research/Development Location: Bebington, England Date posted: 06/07/2021
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Job Title: Biotechnologist

Location: Port Sunlight

Job Purpose

Last year, our Home Care business publicly announced its new Clean Future strategy, which will see elimination of all non-renewable carbon from our products and the adoption of fully biodegradable ingredients by 2030. This is a core role in our Home Care Science & Technology group which will contribute biotechnology expertise to new technology development to address this Clean Future challenge.

You will join a multi-disciplinary team of researchers responsible for translating biological insights into new ingredients and winning innovations supporting Unilever’s Homecare product portfolio.


  • Apply a range of biochemistry, molecular biology, biotechnology and microbiology methods to develop, characterise and test new functional materials and interventions.
  • Use a range of software tools to manage, analyse and visualise data to generate and communicate new insights.
  • Recommend and implement new techniques and capabilities  to accelerate innovations, aligned to business needs.
  • You will work on a variety of technology innovation projects including collaborative business to business and science to business projects.
  • You will be expected to keep at the forefront of the latest academic advances to continuously develop our science skill base and capabilities.

All About You

  • A PhD in Biotechnology or related discipline. Alternatively, you may have a BSc or MSc and substantial (3 years minimum ) relevant experience.
  • You will be an independent scientist who can generate hypotheses and apply critical thinking to experimental design and data analysis and generate new insights.
  • Substantial experience in a range of the following techniques:
    • Molecular biology: cloning, sequencing, sequence analysis, qPCR
    • Protein expression, characterisation, purification and separation techniques
    • Fermentation for protein and chemical production
    • Biocatalysis for the synthesis of new materials
    • Microbiology: antimicrobial assays, biofilms, microbiomics
    • Analytical methods including spectrophotometry, HPLC, GC and related hyphenated techniques for charcterisation, detection and quantification of products
    • Data analytics: bioinformatics, design of experiment and statistics

  • You will be able to demonstrate strengths in the following key skills and competencies:
    • Excellent written and verbal communications skills required to compile written reports and to share experimental findings as presentations
    • You will be a strong team player with experience of working in multidisciplinary teams and able to demonstrate the ability to work with team members virtually as well as face to face
    • You will be a creative thinker, able to overcome obstacles and find solutions to technical challenges

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