Careers

We’re currently building out our team to focus on the development of our own biomaterial technology: microbial weaving, a biofabrication process employing bacteria to grow customizable composite materials. Our goal is to provide truly sustainable + inspiring cellulose-based alternatives to reduce the industry’s dependence on petrochemical-derived materials—without sacrificing creativity.

You’ll be working in a fast paced startup with opportunities for learning and growth. We can’t promise it’ll always be glamorous, but we can promise it’ll be exciting! Check out our open positions  below to apply.

We’re Hiring!

Do you love growing things? Do you want to have a positive impact with your work? We are looking for an ambitious and resourceful bioprocess scientist to join us and take a central role in the development of our bio-fabricated (made by living organisms) leather-like materials for the fashion industry.

You might have been running fermentations, culturing microbes, cell cultures, or growing mushrooms or plants. We’re looking for creative, adaptable problem solving to standardise and scale up our innovative processes and help change the way things are made. We believe the future is grown, not manufactured, if you agree, get in touch below.

This is a full time role, reporting to our cofounder/CTO, based at our labs and supporting the development of our pilot production facilities in Central London.

You’ll be working on:

Bioprocess Optimisation and Scale Up

  • Working with our engineer and microbiologists to optimise bench and pilot scale static culture fermentations
  • Process development and standardisation – testing and generating standard operating procedures
  • Developing quality control and quality assurance procedures for the pilot production process 

Technical Project Supervision

  • Coordinating with suppliers to source feedstocks for pilot trials
  • Coordinating with expert advisors and consultants to assess technoeconomics and sustainability
  • Supporting relationships with contract manufacturing organisations for scaling up beyond pilot scale

Candidate Profile

Essential:

  • Masters degree and 2+ years’ industrial experience in a relevant bioprocess role

Or

  • PhD in microbiology, plant/fungal science, bioengineering, bioprocess engineering or similar
  • Experience with a biological production process at pilot scale
  • Strong communication skills – able to articulate complex concepts to a range of different colleagues and stakeholders
  • Adaptable and creative approach to troubleshooting
  • Attention to detail and documentation

Helpful:

  • Experience working with bioreactors, particularly static cultures
  • Experience working with biomaterials
  • Interest in biodesign and sustainable fashion

Offer

  • Join an innovative and world-class team
  • Ability to make a significant impact on projects, the company and the world
  • Join a dynamic, high growth start-up with opportunities for learning and progression – advised by the top academics and industrialists in the field
  • Competitive salary, pension and additional benefits
  • Stock options 

How to Apply

Please send a CV and one-page cover letter as a single pdf document to people@mod-synth.com

 Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until April 25th, with an ideal start date in May.

Location: London, UK

Hours: 25 hr/week

Salary: UK Kickstart Scheme ( UK national living wage)

Applications currently on hold 

Special Requirements: UK Kickstart Scheme positions require applicants to be 16-24 years old for the duration of the placement and be eligible and applying for UK universal credit. More information can be founder here

We’re looking for a material design intern to help us design and develop material iterations of our ‘microbial weaving’ technology. You’ll work closely with and be supported by our technical and design teams to design and develop biomaterials for a range of applications. 

If you love working with new materials, aren’t afraid to get your hands dirty and want your efforts to have a genuine impact on big environmental challenges — we’d love to meet you.

You’ll be supporting design and development of bio-fabricated leather like materials and composites with opportunities to lead projects around structure, color and hand feel development.

Material Design activities

  • Assist lead designer with color and material concept development
  • Assist in design + growth of material swatches
  • Design and develop new material structures  (knit, woven, nonwoven)
  • Yarn selection and sourcing
  • Produce physical + digital sketches and design concepts
  • Aid development of digital presentation materials

 

Support daily Growlab activities

  • Maintain sample collections
  • Follow and maintain lab + sterilization protocols
  • Start and maintain sample cultures
  • Cleaning and maintenance of grow equipment

 

Qualifications:

  • Must be (age 16-24) and eligible to work in the UK / meet requirements for the UK Kickstart Scheme 
  • Strong visual portfolio showing exhibiting both experimental and technical design skills
  • a good eye for colour, texture, fabrics and patterns
  • Undergraduate degree (or working towards it) in textile design, knitwear or related field
  • Good technical foundation in textile sample creation (knit, woven, other)
  • excellent attention to detail
  • an interest in the intersection of fashion and biology, and an understanding of trends and materials in this area
  • An interest in digital / generative design methods
  • Good general knowledge of adobe creative suite (photoshop, illustrator)
  • Reliable and trustworthy with solid time-management skills.
  • Flexibility and problem solving – able to take on new ideas and challenge conventional wisdom
  • Strong interpersonal skills – able to work with and support team members from different background and disciplines

 

Nice to haves:

  • Knowledge + experience growing / creating new biomaterials (scoby materials, mycelium, bioplastics, other)
  • Understanding or experience of digital / generative design platforms such as rhino/grasshopper
  • Experience / aptitude with machine knitting (Stoll, Shimaseiki) 
  • Experience in digital fabrication such as CNC / 3D printing
  • Experience working in a lab environment


How to Apply

Send your CV and cover letter  (with the position you are applying for in the subject line) to people@mod-synth.com

Location: London, UK

Hours: 25 hr/week

Salary: UK Kickstart Scheme ( UK national living wage)

Applications currently on hold 

Special Requirements: UK Kickstart Scheme positions require applicants to be 16-24 years old for the duration of the placement and be eligible and applying for UK universal credit. More information can be found here

We’re looking for a design engineering intern to support development of our ‘microbial weaving’ technology. You’ll work closely with and be supported by our technical and design teams to design and develop tools, processes, and systems for the creation of bio-fabricated (grown) materials.

If you are a systems thinker who loves to tinker with robots, additive manufacturing and future materials and want your efforts to have a genuine impact on big environmental challenges — we’d love to meet you.

You’ll be supporting the design and development of tools and systems for the creation of new biomaterials alongside our technical and creative teams

Systems + product design activities

  • Assist design and engineering team members to improve microbial weaving process
  • Design and 3D modeling of parts and tools 
  • Assist in development of digital design tools using Rhino and grasshopper 
  • Assist team in lab design + build
  • Contribute to  process development and documentation 

 

Support daily Growlab activities

  • “Warpbot” maintenance and operation
  • Follow and maintain lab + sterilization protocols
  • Start and maintain sample cultures
  • Cleaning and maintenance of grow equipment

 

Qualifications:

  • Must be (age 16-24) and eligible to work in the UK / meet requirements for the UK Kickstart Scheme 
  • Strong portfolio (can be student work) exhibiting conceptual and technical design skills
  • Undergraduate degree (or working towards it) in industrial design, architecture, product design,  3D design interdisciplinary design, mechanical engineering or related field 
  • Proven technical foundation in product and/or systems design
  • Some experience (can be student work) with additive manufacturing / CNC
  • excellent attention to detail
  • An interest in the intersection of fashion, materials and technology
  • An interest or experience in digital / generative design methods
  • Good general knowledge of adobe creative suite (photoshop, illustrator)
  • Reliable and trustworthy with solid time-management skills.
  • Flexibility and problem solving – able to take on new ideas and challenge conventional wisdom
  • Strong interpersonal skills – able to work with and support team members from different background and disciplines


How to Apply

Send your CV and cover letter  (with the position you are applying for in the subject line) to people@mod-synth.com

Location: London, UK

Hours: 25 hr/week

Salary: UK Kickstart Scheme ( UK national living wage)

Applications currently on hold 

Special Requirements: UK Kickstart Scheme positions require applicants to be 16-24 years old for the duration of the placement and be eligible and applying for UK universal credit. More information can be found here

We’re looking for a Copywriting / Marketing Intern to work closely with Marketing + Creative to write blogs, social posts, and emails for our B2B and B2C audiences.

Responsibilities include SEO keyword research, updating website copy, and assisting in content planning. If you love writing, thrive  in a fast-paced environment, and are passionate about fashion + reducing its environmental impact—we’d love to meet you!

  • Write and proofread blog posts 
  • Write social posts for Instagram and LinkedIn.
  • Conduct basic keyword research.
  • Maintain website copy up to date.
  • Assist in maintenance of editorial guidelines.
  • Assist in development of email marketing strategy.
  • Interview internal team members to generate content ideas.

Qualifications:

  • Previous writing samples; can be from school if currently a student.
  • An ability to take complex topics and make them approachable, educational, and entertaining.
  • Impeccable spelling and grammar.
  • Familiarity with social media platforms.
  • Solid time-management skills.

How to Apply

Send your CV and writing samples (with the position you are applying for in the subject line) to people@mod-synth.com

Location: London, UK

Hours: 25 hr/week

Salary: UK Kickstart Scheme ( UK national living wage)

Applications currently on hold 

Special Requirements: UK Kickstart Scheme positions require applicants to be 16-24 years old for the duration of the placement and be eligible and applying for UK universal credit. More information can be found here. 

We’re looking for a biomaterial development intern to help develop and test our revolutionary biofabricated (grown by living organisms) leather-like materials. You’ll work closely with, and be supported by, our technical team to develop, process and test these materials for a range of applications. 

If you love working with new materials and want your efforts to have a genuine impact on big environmental challenges — we’d love to meet you.

You’ll be supporting research, development and testing of novel bio-fabricated leather like materials.

Research and Development

  • Conduct standardised internal materials testing and prepare and send samples for external analysis of physical, chemical and mechanical properties
  • Research and determine suitable testing procedures 
  • Support with testing and optimising pilot manufacturing processes to improve product performance and properties
  • Support with building and testing new equipment
  • Record and analyse results, present data to the team

 

Health and Safety

  • Follow and ensure high standards of health and safety
  • Assist with improving SOPs and risk assessments
  • Support with testing and calibration of laboratory equipment

Qualifications:

  • Must be eligible for Kickstart Scheme (age 16-24)
  • Undergraduate degree (or working towards one) in materials science, textile engineering or a related field
  • Practical experience in a lab or workshop
  • Good analytical skills, proficient with analysing and presenting  test data
  • Flexibility and problem solving – able to take on new ideas and challenge conventional wisdom
  • Strong interpersonal skills – able to work with and support team members from different disciplines

 

Nice to have:

  • Experience with testing of textiles and/or leather like materials
  • Experience with bioengineering or biobased materials

 

How to Apply

Send your CV and cover letter (with the position you are applying for in the subject line) to people@mod-synth.com