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!

Location: London, UK

Hours: Full-time or part-time depending on candidate

We are looking for a versatile technician with CAM/digital manufacturing  experience to operate our robotic weaving system (“Warpbot”)  in our daily growlab activities and work closely with our Biology and Design teams to help developing tools, processes, and systems 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 activities

  • Operate & maintain our custom made robotic weaving systems (“Warpbot”) for production and sample generation.
  • Prepare files and designs for production on the Warpbot. 
  • Work closely with the Biology Lab Technician,  to establish & ensure seamless production workflow.

 

Daily Growlab activities

  • Work with the Biology Team to maintain growlab and assist with growth culture preparation.
  • Executing daily lab protocol including cleaning and maintenance of lab equipment.

 

System development

  • Support/ assist with technical development of automated grow & weaving systems.
  • Support Design Team in prototype/product development.
  • Liaise with both internal and external partners and experts to solve complex technical problems.

 

Qualifications

  • Undergraduate degree (i.e.  Industrial Design, Mechanical / Electrical Engineering) or two years relevant experience (i.e. CAM Technician, Creative Technologist, Machine Operator or related field
  • Knowledge & experience operating CAM machines  (3D printers, CNC, Laser Cutter, toolpath generation)
  • Good CAD Knowledge (Rhino)
  • Visual programming knowledge (Grasshopper)
  • Adapt mechanical understanding
  • Systematic and detail oriented thinking
  • Problem solving skills: open to invent and find unusual solutions to unusual problems.
  • An interest or experience in digital / generative design methods
  • Reliable and trustworthy with solid time-management skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills – able to work with and support team members from different background and disciplines
  • An interest in the intersection of fashion, materials and biology

 

Nice to haves:

  • Coding experience (i.e. Arduino, Grbl, Gcode)
  • Further coding experience (Python, C#)
  • Experience working in a lab environment (e.g. chemistry or microbiology lab)

 

How to Apply

Send CV and cover letter to people@mod-synth.com. Closing date 30th June.

Location: London, UK

Hours: 25 hr/week

Salary: UK Kickstart Scheme (UK national minimum wage/ national living wage depending on age)

Special Requirements: UK Kickstart Scheme positions require applicants to be 16-24 years old and applying for UK universal credit. 

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

This is a 6 Month Placement is funded by the Kickstart Scheme. To be eligible, you must be:

  • Aged between 16 and 24
  • Currently on Universal Credit

 

To apply, speak to your Job Coach at your local JCP, and let them know you are interested in this position. Please do not contact Modern Synthesis to apply – all applications must come through the job centre.

Alternatively, you can contact the Kickstart Team:
Phone: 01919332980 Email: KickstartCC@catch-22.org.uk

Please do not contact us if you are not on Universal Credit, as we will not be able to process your application.