Senior Scientist - Biochemistry Microbiology

Cambridge, UK

Owlstone Medical has a new Senior Scientist position available within our analytical science department and R&D programme. We are looking for someone who can independently and meticulously design and run microbiology, cell biology, and/or biochemistry experiments, such as developing and performing in vitro assays and culturing and testing cell models, in support of biomarker discovery and test development.


  • Plan and undertake experiments to support Owlstone Medical assay/application/product development objectives
  • Ensure experimental work adheres to department processes
  • Conduct theoretical research activities and literature searches
  • Design, plan, and execute laboratory experiments
  • Analyse, interpret, and present data and results internally and externally
  • Write and communicate experimental plans and reports
  • Lead troubleshooting activities
  • Define and implement instrument preventative maintenance activities and schedules
  • Provide mentorship and aid development of the technical team in partnership with line managers
  • Maintain accurate up to date Laboratory records
  • In addition to this, you will also be expected to play an active role in the success of the department. This could include acting as a technical reviewer for other projects, running, or contributing to development seminars and deputising for more senior staff as required



The following competencies form the core strength of analytical science department, you will have a detailed knowledge of the below competencies and will be able to critically evaluate and adapt them, as necessary. You will be expected to demonstrate a practical application of them as well as the ability to supervise others applying them.

  • Research - The ability to conduct objective, logical, and systematic method of analysis of phenomena devised to permit the accumulation of reliable knowledge
  • Protocols – The ability of how to follow and validate protocols and understanding of the importance to spot, raise and resolve nonconformities and track through to a root cause analysis of any outside tolerance deviations
  • Data Management- Understanding the pertinency of the data collection, data entry and verification process and data management systems
  • Dissemination of Findings – The ability of reporting results using the various dissemination formats available for different target audiences. Understands the importance of clear communication adapted in a manner suitable for the audience
  • Analytical Concept - The understanding of rationale, theory, and subject matter in a particular scientific discipline to allow the appropriate application within an analytical role. (e.g Applying knowledge of basic chemical concepts and theories to set research questions with appropriate confidence limits, choose correct analysis technique and proficient instrument operation).
  • Facilities and Safety – Has the ability to assess the appropriateness of laboratory function against business deliverables and justify / implement the change when required. Also understands the importance of compliance to processes that are there to identify and mitigate workplace hazards
  • Pre- analytical – Has the ability to design, implement and evaluate the appropriateness of sampling methodologies and sample preparation
  • Analysis – Has the ability to perform routine and non-routine analysis and understands when the applied technique is fit for purposeand what associated quality control activities are required to ensurethat the technique remains within established ranges and limits. When technique deviates from those established ranges and limits will be able to effectively troubleshoot.
  • Critical evaluation of data – Has the ability to evaluate and ensure the accuracy of data as well as spot real and non-real trends to provide an answer with confidence limits to either fulfil a customer contract or research question


  • An advanced degree in a Life Sciences field (PhD) with experience in industry or postdoctoral experience preferred.



  • Broad experience using in vitro models in metabolic studies including mammalian cell culture, microscopy, and enzyme or metabolic assays
  • Experience with in vitro culture of bacteria and/or fungi as models of human pathogens/disease and/or for microbiome studies
  • Experience in working with BSL 2 agents (bacterial and/or fungal pathogens)
  • Ability to technically direct work and provide mentorship


  • Metabolomics or other Omics experience
  • Experience using GC/LC-MS
  • Experience of processing primary GC/LC-MS data into informative secondary data
  • Handling of human tissues such as lung and/or liver
  • Experience in using organ-on-a chip models primarily for liver and lung
  • ELISA, EIA, or other immunoassay experience and knowledge of other chemiluminescence, fluorescence or colorimetric plate-reader based assays such as proliferation assays, metabolite and biomarker quantification (e.g., ATP, glucose), and/or enzyme activity assays
  • Background in biochemistry, with experience in in vitro methods for analysing enzyme activity / kinetics
  • Understanding of ADME, toxicology, transporter systems, and/or cellular influx/efflux
  • Knowledge or understanding of volatile organic compounds in breath


  • Mentoring
  • Influencing
  • Stakeholder management
  • Ability to follow procedures accurately
  • High attention to detail
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Flexible approach to changing priorities
  • Good data entry skills
  • Ability to work and communicate well within a team


About Owlstone Medical

Owlstone Medical ( is on a mission to save 100,000 lives and $1.5 billion in healthcare costs through the development and application of Breath Biopsy®. This involves collecting volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and respiratory droplets from breath, which can provide information about the metabolic activity and markers related to health and disease.

Breath sampling has substantial advantages for the early detection of disease and to enable precision medicine approaches to patient care. To realize these advantages, Owlstone Medical offers Research Products and Services for biomarker discovery and is developing tests in applications including cancer, liver disease, asthma, and environmental exposure. Our work includes partnerships with major organizations including AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, the Cleveland Clinic, and the NHS and our platform is in use at well over 100 clinical and academic sites worldwide.

Our leadership in breath is underpinned by our world-class and varied team, including systems engineers, clinical scientists, analytical chemists, artificial intelligence specialists and clinical trials coordinators.

The Owlstone group also commercializes 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 Defense.

We offer a relaxed, friendly, flexible and international working environment with a strong and vibrant team-spirit. You will be rewarded with a competitive salary package that includes an Employee share options scheme and private medical insurance and your work will have a clear impact on people’s lives. If you want to experience the buzz of a thriving start-up company set to succeed on a global scale, Owlstone Medical could be the place for you.

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