Scientist (Metabolomics)

Cambridge, UK

Location:            Cambridge Science Park

Closing Date:     19 March 2019

Salary Range:    £20-40K

Owlstone Medical’s mission is to save 100,000 lives and save health care providers $1.5B. With several major projects underway to develop disease screening and diagnosis based on detection of metabolic products in breath, we are looking for a scientist with experience in metabolomics and biomarker discovery to join the team.

About the Job:

You will work within our multidisciplinary teams to maximize the success of our projects by providing technical expertise relating to biochemical process in cancer that drive the development of (volatile) metabolites.

The role will require you to provide input into a wide range of projects by evaluating candidate biomarkers and designing targeted biomarker discovery studies. You will be the go to person to provide a biological foundation supporting the tests that Owlstone is developing.

This full-time position will be based in our Cambridge office.

About You:

You will have a PhD or equivalent in Analytical Chemistry/Metabolomics or similar, and will have strong experience of studies evaluating metabolic pathways in health and disease. You will be able to demonstrate:

  • Experience of interpreting untargeted omics data in the context of disease pathways
  • Ability to review metabolomics literature and evaluate pathways relevant to production of VOCs for specific diseases
  • Understanding of common pitfalls with biomarker discovery and how to avoid them
  • Excellent communication and data presentation skills with the ability to explain technical concepts clearly, both verbally and in writing
  • Ability to work effectively in a large, multidisciplinary team
  • Preferably you have experience in working with mass-spectrometry in the context of omics data.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct scientific research from concept to publication

In addition, you will ideally be able to offer the following:

  • Experience of statistical treatments of metabolomics data
  • Track record of writing papers as evidenced by publications or submitted manuscripts in high quality journals

Most importantly, we are looking for people who can figure out what the right problem to tackle next is and who can show us that they get stuff done. Don’t just tell us, show us what you’ve accomplished.

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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