Lab Scientist

Job description

As a Laboratory Scientist you will work on site as an integral member of the MicrosensDx R&D team, to plan and execute experiments to further develop our RapiPREP nucleic acid extraction product range and other product developments.  In addition to working in the laboratory, you will regularly communicate results through written reports and oral presentations during team and company-wide meetings.  You are willing to support manufacturing and other operational activities when required and you will be given training in these areas.

The role will demand competence in the use of molecular biology related techniques for the isolation and amplification of DNA and RNA technologies, including but not limited to, gel electrophoresis and qRT-PCR. Experience in immunology is advantageous.

Ideal personal attributes

The ideal candidate will need proven competency in the following areas:

  • attention to detail.
  • a solution orientated person.
  • excellent communication skills - verbal and written.
  • rigour in data collection, management and analysis.
  • intrigued with problem analysis and problem solving.
  • planning and organizing with support and independently.
  • sound judgment and a willingness to learn every day.
  • analytical and pragmatic decision-making skills.
  • excellent and friendly interaction with all working partners.
  • dedicated to teamwork.
  • creative and contributing ideas.
  • flexible and accommodating to changing priorities.


Essential Responsibilities

  • Plan, execute, contribute and evaluate ideas into the development process (initially for nucleic acid purification technology).
  • Communicate experimental goals, methods, results and conclusions through written reports and oral presentations.
  • Maintain clear and complete records of laboratory procedures and results.
  • Understand and comply with all elements of the MicrosensDx Quality System outlined for the position.
  • Contribute to ongoing quality enhancements.
  • Support the R&D team in the development of new technologies from concept right through to scale up and manufacture and assist in the development of SOP's to support this.
  • Work as a cross functional member of the wider MicrosensDx team, for example, supporting operational activities in relation to all quality processes and procedures.
  • A willingness and flexibility to respond to new priorities and being involved in other R&D product development, and broader activities as required to fulfil business objectives.
  • Operates as a flexible working partner across the business and with collaborators and customers – in addition to fellow lab scientists, key stakeholders for this role include: Lab Manager (to whom this position reports), COO, CEO, Commercial Manager, Office Manager, Facilities and Logistics Manager, QA Designee and Financial Director.
  • Willing to learn every day and with a ‘serving others’ mindset.

Work Hours and Benefits

You will be located at our Cambridge Science Park HQ and will be expected to be present there. On occasion there will be travel to visit collaborators. The working week is professional hours with 37.5 hours contractual work. Competitive benefits include BUPA Cashplan and a pension contribution. In addition to public holidays and 25 days paid leave you will also have shut-down time (3 days) over Christmas. A competitive salary will be offered which depends on your experience.

Qualifications and experience required

Candidates should hold a BSc as a minimum in a related discipline including Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Biochemistry, Biotechnology.  Immunology experience is advantageous.

Candidates with prior experience of working in a related field and be familiar with GLP and/or GMP manufacturing and or quality environments will be an advantage.


Important notes:

Please send a covering letter and CV to

Only successful applications will be responded to.

Direct applications only please. Applications from agencies will not be considered at this time.