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Hands-on Lead Diagnostics Scientist (25677)

£60k DoE + excellent benefits

Technology spin-out company developing innovative molecular diagnostics

Housed in specialised labs and offices, this (non-university) spin-out company was created to commercialise on the existing expertise in hand-held instrumentation and molecular assay development. They are bringing together complementary technologies to build fast, cost-efficient instrumentation for healthcare and medical applications.

A key area is tackling viral infections through sensitive diagnosis – they are keen to utilise engineering know-how coupled with scientific innovations.

The company wishes to recruit a Lead Scientist to drive PCR based assay developments. This will involve hands-on lab based work to show proof-of-principles, demonstrate prototype capabilities and devise practical engineering solutions. The Diagnostics Scientist will lead a small team of molecular biologists, and work closely with colleagues in the engineering team.


  • Excellent academic background including a PhD in biochemistry or molecular biology.
  • Industry experience in developing PCR based molecular diagnostic assays. This could include RT-PCR, digital PCR, and qPCR.
  • Evidence of planning and managing projects in a commercial, time-dependent fashion.
  • Ideally will have experience with regulated development processes for medical devices.
  • Strong communication skills.

This is an excellent opportunity for someone to make a difference in a leadership role. In return, as well as driving innovation and working on challenging problems, an excellent remuneration package is available. Possible relocation expenses are available for qualifying candidates.

Keywords: Senior Scientist, Hands-on, Assay Development, Diagnostics, Medical Devices, Viral Infections, Detection, PCR, Instrumentation, Molecular Diagnostics

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