We’re expanding our team to further the development of our microbial weaving technology- a biofabrication platform that employs bacteria to grow a new class of cellulose-based textiles & composites. Our goal is to provide truly sustainable + inspiring cellulose-based materials to reduce the industry’s dependence on petrochemicals — without sacrificing performance or creativity.
Modern Synthesis was founded on the idea that the convergence of disparate disciplines, perspectives and ideas is key to building a robust biomaterial economy. We thrive on a culture of debate, and value transparency, collaboration and both personal and cumulative growth. We are committed to building a diverse team and an inclusive environment where all employees are welcome.
We hire people, not roles, so we can be flexible on scope. If you believe you are qualified for a portion of a role, and can demonstrate a desire and proven ability to adapt and take on new skills and challenges, we strongly encourage you to apply.
We are looking for a versatile technician who loves making and producing materials, whilst working in a small and motivated team. You are someone who takes pride in a weekly routine, executing the assigned process in a precise and accurate way. You are eager to continuously improve and adapt within evolving processes.
You’ll be working within our sample production line, operate production equipment and machinery (including our robotic weaving system “Warpbot”) and work closely with our technical teams to help developing tools and processes for the creation of bio-fabricated (grown) materials.
You’ll be working in a fast paced startup with great opportunities for learning and growth. This is a unique opportunity to get hands-on experience shaping future textile manufacturing. We can’t promise it’ll always be glamorous, but we can promise it’ll be exciting!
Daily workshop & growlab activities:
- Operate and maintain production equipment such as presses, heat rollers and other light machinery.
- Operate & maintain our custom robotic weaving systems (“Warpbot”) for production and sample generation.
- Work with efficiency and accuracy at all stages of the versatile process.
- Thoroughly collect and log production data (yields, quality checks, various product metrics) and present to the team.
- Follow our standard operating procedures to ensure top quality and consistency throughout the entire production process.
- Maintain a clean, professional and presentable workshop/lab environment.
- Work closely with the Biology Lab Technician, to establish & ensure seamless production workflow.
- Work with the Science Team to maintain growlab and assist with growth culture preparation.
- Executing daily lab protocol including cleaning and maintenance of lab equipment.
- Provide feedback and advice for optimisation and development of current production technology.
- Support the technical development of new automated grow & weaving systems.
- Assist in or lead the fabrication of new machinery or tools.
- Research and source new required machinery and tools.
- Support the Design Engineering team in prototype/product development.
- Liaise with both internal and external partners and experts to solve complex technical problems.
Health and Safety:
- Follow and ensure high standards of health and safety.
- Assist with improving SOPs and risk assessments.
- Arrange maintenance, servicing and calibration of equipment.
- Able to lift and move 3kg frequently.
- Comfortable working standing for up to 4 hours / day.
- Comfortable wearing PPE (gloves, goggles, face mask) when required.
- Undergraduate degree (i.e. Engineering or related) or two years relevant experience of working in a production environment (i.e. fabrication, technician, creative technologist, machine operator or related).
- Fabrication experience (metal, plastics, prototyping).
- Experience operating sensitive machinery.
- Adapt mechanical understanding.
- Systematic and detail oriented thinking.
- Very good problem solving skills: open to invent and find unusual solutions to unusual problems.
- Reliable and trustworthy with solid time-management skills.
- Proficiency in office & communication tools (G-Suite, MS Office)
- Give and receive feedback in a constructive way.
- Strong interpersonal skills – able to work with and support team members from different backgrounds and disciplines.
- Interest in the intersection of fashion, materials and biology
Nice to haves:
- CAD Knowledge (Rhino)
- Interest or experience in digital / generative design methods.
- Knowledge & experience operating CAM machines (3D printers, CNC, Laser Cutter, toolpath generation).
- Experience working in a lab environment (e.g. chemistry or microbiology lab).
- Experience with material testing equipment and protocols.
- Experience in textile manufacturing.
- Central London office and lab
- Competitive salary, pension plan and stock options
- 25 days leave + bank holidays
- Interdisciplinary team with opportunities for learning and growth
- Flexible working – WFH supported 1-2 days a week
- Support from world leading experts and advisors
- Real, positive impact
Salary: £24-30k depending on experience
Desired start date: June 2022
How to Apply
Apply here with answers to the following questions (aim for around 100 words each):
- Why do you want to work in biomaterials?
- What experience do you have in working in workshops or fabrication environment?
- Why are you interested in working for a startup company?