Scientist - Surface Biochemistry

The role will be focused on designing, developing, and optimising surface immunoassays for our biosensor platform. Good knowledge and experience of using a variety of capture molecules and of surface binding chemistries is essential.


  • Develop and optimise immunoassays for our biosensor platform
  • Optimise surface functionalisation chemistries for our biosensor platform
  • Perform surface characterisation to determine effectiveness of functionalisation
  • Establish hypotheses with regards observed performance and propose routes forward to improve
  • Work together with the rest of the biosensor team to develop and optimise the performance of graphene biosensors for target applications
  • Support the Research Manager as required with the daily management of activities
  • Manage individual projects, as set out by our technology roadmap
  • Compile updates for management team reviews
  • Share research through publications and external events
  • Document & implement R&D practices, approaches & policies
  • Work with external partners and manage their contributions where necessary


Education and Qualifications:

  • PhD in chemistry, biochemistry, surface chemistry or related fields, or equivalent industrial experience


  • 3+ years’ experience developing surface immunoassays with biomolecules
  • Experience with surface chemistry and processing
  • Experience in surface chemistry techniques (e.g. AFM, Raman, FTIR) for organic molecules

Advantageous experience includes:

  • Experience in building, testing and characterising biosensors in any form (e.g. optical, electrical)
  • Experience in microfluidics
  • Experience in working with biological samples
  • Experience working with physiological media

Skills and knowledge:

  • Strong applied, hands-on experimental capabilities
  • Considered and organised approach to tasks
  • Capability to grasp quickly new scientific concepts and technologies
  • Exceptional team player with strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to reflect, learn from mistakes and respond positively to feedback
  • Ability to handle several ongoing projects, and can prioritise and organise own workload
  • Capability to work autonomously and make considered decisions


  • Ability to communicate at all levels with both internal and external contacts
  • Ability to present information clearly and appropriately for the audience

Additional factors:

  • Respect and adherence to confidentiality and critical matters
  • Ideally a UK Driving licence


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