Lead Chemist - Mass Spectrometry

Cambridge, UK

Job Purpose

We are currently seeking qualified candidates for a Lead Chemist position based in Cambridge, UK. The successful candidate will be responsible for developing, validating, and optimizing analytical methods and assays and associated Breath Biopsy methods, from early pre-clinical stages to commercial product development, targeting both research and In-Vitro Diagnostic (IVD) use.

Responsibilities (Key Tasks/Accountability)

  • Line management of senior application chemists within the chemistry team
  • Lead and support the execution of validation studies for new assays / methods and manage transfer of those new assays / methods into the Owlstone Breath Biopsy Laboratory
  • Supervise development of verification protocols under Design Control, with appropriate collaboration and coordination with the R&D team
  • Actively participate in, and seek input from, cross-functional teams (including algorithm, software, clinical, manufacturing, quality, and regulatory teams) to ensure company-wide alignment with the assay development work flow
  • Create validation documentation that meets standards required for inclusion in regulatory filings

Competencies & Requirements of the Role


  • In-depth knowledge of GC-MS assay / method development
  • Strong demonstrated ability to lead and manage scientists / research associates
  • Experience with regulated assay development, including transfer, verification, and validation activities necessary for research and diagnostic product commercialization
  • Experience developing and launching assays compliant with FDA or CE-IVD requirements is preferred
  • Excellent technical scientific writing, communication, and organizational skills


Education & Training:

  • Degree or level of education needed (PhD in related science subject


  • Assay development on TD-GC-MS platforms


  • Will be able to demonstrate hands-on team leadership skills
  • Must be self-directed, organized and conscientious
  • Will be proficient in executing design transfers and in-process quality checks
  • Will have the ability to solve complex technical problems
  • Must have demonstrated the ability to work under pressure and with short deadlines to accomplish objectives
  • Will communicate effectively with technical and non-technical personnel
  • Will think strategically when planning, managing teams, and managing processe

About Owlstone:

Owlstone Medical has developed a breathalyzer for disease www.owlstonemedical.com.

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.

To apply, please submit your CV and a covering letter explaining why you want to work with us and how you fit the role to https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/57fe1379ba734b79b34aca436fc49a68


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