Research Fellow, Biomedical Electronics

Cambridge, United Kingdom
£30,942 to £38,017
08 Apr 2021
End of advertisement period
08 Apr 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Biomedical Electronics

Location:  Other
Salary:   £30,942 to £38,017
Full Time Fixed Term (2 Years)
Closing Date:  Thursday 08 April 2021
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1318520FP-R

Biosensor Engineer* 

Fixed term for 2 years due to funding restrictions

Looking to kick-start your career after completing your PhD?

Qualified in engineering or physical sciences (or equivalent professional qualifications and experience)? This is an excellent opportunity to make an impact in developing an innovative gene and protein writing technologies whilst receiving support, supervision and guidance from the Nuclera Nucleics and the University of Southampton. We offer a great package of career development, mentoring and training including commercial awareness supported by a generous budget.

You will be employed by the University of Southampton but based at Nuclera Nucleics Ltd (Cambridge) which is a fast-growing biotech company based on the Cambridge Science Park. Its mission is to provide life science researchers intuitive, powerful, and time-saving tools to engineer biology. Nuclera is developing a benchtop instrument capable of cartridge-based next-day gene and protein synthesis. Using such instrument, scientists in the synthetic biology and therapeutic market sectors can rely on a standardised, next-day supply of genes and proteins that integrates with their engineering biology workflows. 

You will be working on a company project to build innovative benchtop gene and protein printers, providing project and programme management support, based on Nuclera’s core enzyme-mediated DNA synthesis method, as well as its proprietary borderless liquid movement platform.

You will be joining Nuclera’s growing engineering department, and also interface with experts in chemistry and biochemistry. This position involves:

 Work closely with Nuclera’s engineers developing the technology platform, focusing on building up key functionalities

  • Work with potential customers to understand specific needs and features to be deployed
  • Lead the development, troubleshoot, and optimisation of novel sensing functions on the platform
  • Be the conduit between the University of Southampton and Nuclera in this collaboration

To be successful you should have the following qualifications and attributes:

  • Experience in building, testing and characterising biosensors in any form (e.g. optical, electrochemical, magnetic). 
  • Good knowledge of microfluidics and integration of sensors into systems.
  • A keen interest in biotechnology and synthetic biology.
  • Knowledge of C/C++, Java would be advantageous but not essential.

This collaboration is known as a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP).  To find out more:

The University of Southampton (UoS) is a research-intensive university and a founding member of the Russell Group.

The Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences is one of the most successful of its type in the world. We are defining and developing substantial areas of research that impact on the fast-changing world in which we live. Our international reputation attracts students from around the world to study and research on innovative programmes that provide access to renowned academics, unique and cutting-edge facilities, and a community that is exciting, ambitious, and dynamic. Our thriving research community is highly valued by our many industrial collaborators, with our achievements receiving national and global recognition.

*After appointment your title will be KTP Associate

Application Procedure 

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. References are requested along with your application. This reference system is automated so please ensure you provide the correct email address and allow time for these to be received, prior to the close date, to assist the department with shortlisting. If you need any assistance, please call Charlene Tyson (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 2750 or email quote reference 1318520FP-R on all correspondence.  

Athena SWAN bronze award recognised, we’re committed to improving equality for women in science and engineering, so we’ll help you find a good work/life balance with flexible or even part-time working hours. And, with access to onsite childcare facilities and a childcare vouchers scheme, our comprehensive benefits package also includes a contributory pension scheme, generous holiday allowance, subsidised health and fitness facilities, a cycle-to-work scheme and a range of discounts