Analytical Research and Development Scientist I

Job details
  • Owlstone Medical
  • Cambridge
  • 2 months ago

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 diagnostics based on detection of volatile metabolic products on breath. Owlstone Medical has a new Scientist position available within our analytical science department. We are looking for a hands-on experimentalist to join a team of scientists developing, optimising and evaluating our analytical technologies and breath biomarker discovery services. 

Key Tasks / Accountabilities


  • Planning and/or conducting experiments for achieving project deliverables.
  • Interpretation and dissemination of key experimental results to the wider team/programme
  • Preparation of chemical solutions
  • Preparation of TD sample tubes
  • Operation of TD-GC-MS instrumentation
  • Theoretical research activities
  • Ensure experimental work adheres to department processes including health and safety.
  • Conduct peer review of team members’ experimental plans and reports
  • Maintain accurate up to date Laboratory records.
  • Other duties as assigned per qualifications and project needs.


Education & Training

  • The successful candidate is likely to have a degree in a relevant scientific discipline.

Experience and Knowledge


  • Experience of working in a laboratory environment.
  • Experience independently planning, conducting and interpreting experiments. 


  • Practical experience of working with GC / LC systems.
  • Coding (python) knowledge and application
  • Experience with cheminformatics
  • Experience using GC-MS / LC-MS data analysis software
  • Experience (theoretical/practical) with thermal desorption (TD) systems.
  • Experience of working with MS instruments, such as Thermo Orbitrap, Mass selective detector (MSD) or Selected ion flow tube mass spectrometry (SiFt-MS).
  • Experience of processing primary data (GC, LC, MS, etc) into informative secondary data.
  • Understanding/experience of biological/biochemical interpretation of compounds and/or metabolic pathways.
  • Experience of scientific literature review

Professional Skills

  • Ability to follow procedures accurately.
  • Ability to grasp new concepts, processes and techniques quickly and effectively.
  • Ability to plan, conduct and write up experiments.
  • Ability to perform repetitive tasks to a consistent standard.


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 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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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 the attainment of a Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) check. Access to selected project information requires prior additional security authorization. Access to US technical data by employees requires prior Export Control function approval. Full clearance must be satisfactorily attained against all applicable project security and US export control authorisations. Failure to meet any reference, BPSS, project-security or export-control authorisations may have an impact on successfully completing your probationary period.

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