Analytical Chemist, GC-MS

Cambridge, UK


Laboratory analysis, data processing and interpretation of data from Breath Biopsy clinical studies and Breath Biopsy Test development, including the operation of thermal desorption, gas chromatography and mass spectrometry systems, according to laboratory procedures.

Support project activities within Owlstone, engaging with project teams / technical leads to conduct experiments, analyse samples, deliver data, and present findings to stakeholders.

Support the Analytical Manager and VP Operations in delivering Breath Biopsy Lab KPIs through accurate and timely laboratory work, adhering to Breath Biopsy Laboratory procedures.

Working with the Analytical Manager and Senior Analytical/Applications Chemists, ensuring that laboratory procedures are implemented/updated where required.

You will be working in a lab environment preparing and analysing breath samples hence strict adherence to working procedures and quality standards is a key element of this role.

Key Tasks and Accountabilities

  • Analyse breath samples and data according to Breath Biopsy Lab procedures
  • Take responsibility for managing the timely analysis of samples for allocated studies/projects
  • Process and report laboratory data
  • Ensure correct operation of Breath Biopsy Lab instrumentation
  • Support R&D and project teams through Breath Biopsy Lab services and expertise
  • Implement continuous improvement actions as directed by the Analytical Manager

Competencies & Requirements of the Role

  • Delivery focused, with the drive and enthusiasm to meet objectives in a fast paced and challenging environment.
  • Ability to understand and communicate information from laboratory data
  • Ability to work independently and manage own laboratory analysis schedules, consistent with direction set by the Analytical Manager
  • Adaptability and communication skills to understand and support laboratory-based projects
  • Ability to communicate work plans with Laboratory Assistants


Education & Training

  • Be qualified to degree level in a science related discipline, or equivalent experience
  • Technical understanding and practical background in the operation of TD-GC-MS equipment
  • Experience working in a pharmaceutical/QC process lab or equivalent environment

Experience & Knowledge

  • Practical experience of thermal desorption, gas chromatography and mass spectrometry
  • Understanding of TD-GC-MS data handling
  • Hands-on experience of sample management database and/or data entry
  • IT skills including Excel and instrument vendors’ software (Agilent MassHunter, Markes TOF-DS, and/or Thermo Chromeleon)
  • Working knowledge of some of ISO9001, ISO13485, GLP, GCLP or other quality systems and the ability to implement within Owlstone Medical Breath Biopsy Lab


  • Technical operation of thermal desorption, gas chromatography and mass spectrometry systems, particularly Markes, Agilent or Thermo instruments.
  • High attention to detail
  • Flexible approach to changing priorities
  • Effective communication of technical information and laboratory data
  • Teamworking

About Owlstone

Owlstone Medical has developed a breathalyzer for disease

Every time you breathe out there are hundreds of chemicals on your breath - some are tell-tale markers of disease that our microchip chemical sensor technology is able to detect.

Our vision is to change the way we currently diagnose and monitor serious disease; we aim to become the global leader in the non-invasive detection of cancer, infectious disease and inflammatory disease. The key is detecting diseases earlier, when treatments are more effective, where more lives can be saved. There is no better example than cancer, where if detected early the chances of survival can be as good at 95% but at late stage drop to about 5% - unfortunately there are still far too many people detected at late stage.

The Owlstone group also commercialises a range of highly innovative products based on its proprietary FAIMS chemical sensing technology in other markets including Scientific, Industrial Process Control, Military and Homeland Defence.

Owlstone is an equal opportunity employer and we will consider all qualified applicants for employment without discrimination on any characteristic protected by law including but not exhaustive to; grounds of disability, sex or sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity leave status, race or national or ethnic origin, age, religion or belief, gender identity or re-assignment, marital or civil partnership status.

Due to the nature of our business, all employment is subject to satisfactory references being obtained and attainment of a Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) check.

We offer a relaxed, friendly, flexible and international working environment with a great team-spirit. You will be rewarded with a competitive salary package that includes future share options and your work will have a clear impact on people’s lives. If you want to experience the buzz of an expanding company set to succeed on a global scale, Owlstone may be the place for you.

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