Breakthrough Energy Fellows Portfolio Job Board

Grant Writer (Contract Position)

Phase Biolabs

Phase Biolabs

Marketing & Communications, Sales & Business Development
Posted on Tuesday, March 12, 2024


Phase Biolabs is a biotech startup developing carbon upcycling technology to convert industrial CO2 into useful products.

We’re on a mission to decarbonise heavy industry and upcycle more than 1 gigaton of CO2 by 2050. We’re working on optimising the microorganisms that catalyse the conversion CO2 into chemicals and e-fuels as well as scaling our gas fermentation bioprocess.

Phase is backed by leading climate tech investors, Y Combinator (W22) and Bill Gate's Breakthrough Energy.

We are seeking an experienced Grant Writer to help us part time on a contract basis. The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of securing funding through grants, with an understanding of both UK and EU funding opportunities. An ability to convey complex scientific concepts in compelling grant proposals is expected.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead the development, writing, and submission of grant proposals, ensuring compliance with grantor guidelines and deadlines.

  • Build a project consortium by reaching out to new potential partners or those within our network

  • Collaborate with our team of scientists and engineers to gather the necessary information and data for grant applications.

  • Craft compelling narratives that effectively communicate the impact and importance of our work to potential funders.

  • Manage and maintain a grants calendar to monitor application deadlines, submission dates, and reporting requirements.

  • Coordinate project consortium and ensure each partner has prepared the required documents

  • Provide regular updates to the leadership on grant application status, potential funding opportunities, and recommendations for strategic alignment.

To stand out you will have:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science, Technical Writing, Communications, Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology or a related field. A Master’s degree is preferred.

  • At least 2 years of experience in grant writing, preferably within the environmental, biotechnology, or scientific research sectors.

  • Exceptional writing and editing skills, with the ability to distill complex scientific information into clear, persuasive narratives.

  • Excellent research, organizational, and project management skills, with a keen attention to detail.

  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.

Nice to haves:

  • Previously secured grants from organizations such as Innovate UK, EIC etc.

  • Familiarity with environmental issues and a passion for sustainability, carbon utilization technology.

Contract Details:

  • This is a contract position with the potential for extension based on performance and funding success.

  • Remote work options available.

  • Competitive compensation commensurate with experience.


We will review your cover letter and CV and if we think you might be a good fit we will invite you to an initial screening interview (10-20 minutes) which covers basic qualifying questions. Following this we will take a deeper dive into your skills and experience in a technical interview (30-45 minutes) as well as a cultural interview (30-45 minutes) to learn about you, your motivation and ambitions. We may ask you to visit us for a few days as well so we can meet. If successful, we will carry out referencing before an offer is made.

We endeavour to provide feedback to all interviewees. Applications are being considered on an rolling basis.


In your (short) cover letter please explain why you are interested in the jobs, why we should hire you and how you’ve demonstrated the key skills we’re looking for.


Only applications received through our website will be reviewed.

If you have any questions, please email the Phase Hiring Team at hr@phasebiolabs.com.