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R&D Director

Stockholm, Sweden

Background

Volta Greentech is a rapidly growing biotech company that produces seaweed-based animal feed with anti-methanogenic properties. Founded in 2019 in Sweden with a research lab in Stockholm and a land-based seaweed cultivation facility in Lysekil. Our mission is to fight climate change by curbing the massive methane emission by cattle by adding seaweed to their feed. We are now well on our way to become the largest producer of anti-methanogenic macroalgae in the world.

Land-based macroalgae cultivation permits control during growth conditions, which will generate better product yield and quality when manipulated correctly. This strategy will help us achieve our goal alongside strain development for increased biomass and product biosynthesis.

Volta Greentech has an immediate opening for an R&D Director position to join the R&D team focusing on macroalgal biology, cultivation, and secondary metabolites research projects.

What we expect from the successful candidate

  • Willingness to work in a dynamic start-up environment, being part of a fast-growing company.
  • Lead one or several major R&D programs in macroalgal biology and growth
  • Set the strategy for the R&D program and work closely with other relevant leaders in the Product and Engineering workstreams
  • Responsible for budget and resources needed for the R&D program and allocation between the projects in the program
  • Hiring manager and leader of a team of research scientists, research engineers, and consultants, responsible for team performance and helping team members grow
  • Very strong scientific background and actively doing research together with their program team
  • Write reports on research activities, literature review, conduct data processing and statistical analysis, and present research findings in various settings
  • Willingness to work in a dynamic start-up environment, being part of a fast-growing company.

Required Qualifications

  • Relevant Ph.D. with postdoctoral and/or industry research experience in algal science and technologies
  • Excellent knowledge algal biology, cultivation technologies, and/or algal secondary metabolites production.
  • Excellent ability to initiative, prioritize, multi-task, and work well under pressure to meet deadlines
  • Very clear and systematic thinking that demonstrates strong judgment and problem-solving competencies
  • Excellent ability to lead strategic research programs with budget management
  • Knowledge of managing teams and expert ability to lead and motivate a team for optimum performance
  • Strong analytical and technical writing skills (procedures, protocols, and reports)
  • Ability to communicate fluently in English, constructively and convincingly in small and large group settings

Preferred Qualifications

  • A Ph.D. in macroalgal biology or biotechnology, ideally on red seaweed growth and secondary metabolites formation
  • In depth knowledge of photobioreactor design and large-scale cultivation systems for macroalgae
  • Working knowledge in marine biology and ecology, ideally of the effects of biotic and abiotic factors on seaweed, interactions with other species and parasites
  • Working knowledge of the metabolomics of photosynthetic organisms, ideally of halogenated analog metabolite secretion, and primary carbon and nitrogen assimilation biochemical and metabolic pathways
  • Analytical method development skills for monitoring of secondary metabolites and biomass compositional changes in macroalgae

Procedure

Please send your cover letter, resume, and contact info of two references to careers@voltagreentech.com. References will be contacted only after the candidate has been interviewed and selected for further evaluation. The selected candidate will be appointed for a six-month probation period and be offered a long-term position if concluded with satisfaction. Applications are to be reviewed immediately with starting date negotiable.