Analytical Chemist at Provectus Algae

Full-Time, Biology, Action St Facility, Queensland full-time
Posted 28 days ago

Our mission is to bring sustainable biology to the world.


Provectus uses Precision Photosynthesis® to accelerate nature in a proprietary biomanufacturing platform to produce some of the world's most valuable specialty ingredients, enabling industries in new ways and driving the next wave of agriculture, consumer, and therapeutics products.


Headquartered in the idyllic Noosa, Australia our team has built a viable, scalable, and sustainable product development and biomanufacturing platform. We are now scaling operations, bringing products to global markets, and expanding our product development pipeline to meet the demand from our global customers.


We have an exciting opportunity for an Analytical Chemist to join our team who will be responsible for developing new assays for biological compounds produced in algae. You will have demonstrated experience in extracting and purifying compounds from microbial and/or plant systems. A successful candidate in this role will reliably and rapidly develop new analytical methods.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop and optimise methods for the detection, quantification and purification of target compounds;
  • Perform cell based extraction, purification and analysis, including HPLC, LC-MS, GC, GC-MS;
  • Monitor and quantify levels of target products in real-time, providing feedback to our synthetic biology and algae production teams to inform their improvement of strains and photobioreactor conditions; 
  • Maintain laboratory records, and contribute to laboratory organisation and maintenance;
  • Organise and order inventory required for the uninterrupted execution of experiments;
  • Oversee the calibration and maintenance of instrumentation relevant to your role;
  • Proactively identify and implement initiatives to improve the laboratory;
  • Thrive in a fast-paced environment with the ability to adjust workload based on changing priorities.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience

  • Essential
    • Ph.D. in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Physical Chemistry, or a related discipline; or equivalent experience in industry
    • Hands-on experience with HPLC, LC-MS, GC, and GC-MS 
  • Desirable
    • Experience using Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) 
    • Knowledge of modern biochemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, and analytical chemistry
    • Experience of project management in a research or industry setting, ideally in a start-up

We Offer

  • Opportunity to work in a company on the forefront of sustainable products for the future
  • A diverse and inclusive workplace
  • Robust internal culture with monthly team events

Joining Provectus Algae

At Provectus Algae,  we are a progressive, creative and imaginative team that believes the best solutions come from bringing together the best minds and a broad range of perspectives.  We deeply care about creating a workplace where our team members feel valued, respected, and empowered and are committed to providing equal opportunity regardless of gender identity, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, or life stage.