Senior Research and Development Scientist

Cambridge, United Kingdom

£45 -53,000 pa

Primary Role:

To design, build and test system components for Sphere’s products

To optimise the fluidic architecture within Sphere’s fluidic systems, including flow-cell modelling and design, and fluidic sequence optimisation

To co-ordinate with the sensors, electrical, mechanical, software and algorithms teams to implement changes and improvements to Sphere’s existing systems and processes

To co-ordinate with the sensors, electrical, mechanical, software and algorithms departments to develop new processes, and to implement, and perform verification and validation when required

To coordinate the integration of system components, both internally and externally developed.

To help design and build equipment and rigs for performing manufacturing, testing, and R&D activities at Sphere

To assist with fault identification and troubleshooting of cross-disciplinary issues that arise within Sphere’s systems

To collaborate with other team members on internal and external development projects geared towards expansion of sensor capabilities and production optimisation

To coordinate and manage development projects

To help identify and develop new intellectual property opportunities

Other Roles:

To contribute to the development and improvement of the overall manufacturing process;

To contribute to product specifications;

Participation in design and risk reviews.

Project related (or departmental budget) financial management as requested from time to time.

To train production and R&D staff in processes under candidate’s areas of expertise

To participate in the hiring process


Experience in the development, implementation, and analysis of device performance tests and characterisation;

Experience in fault-finding, troubleshooting, and experimental planning and testing including rig-building and data interpretation;

Experience with fluidic systems, including modelling, design, building and testing

Comfortable with basic electronics experiments; working with oscilloscopes, amplifiers, and power supplies

Comfortable with handling large volumes of data; track-record of analysis, interpretation and dissemination of important and complex datasets

Familiarity with device development

Experience in project planning and project management

Experience of working with quality systems

Experience of coming up with novel solutions to challenging R&D problems

Ability to model systems, including fluidics, an advantage but not essential

Experience of building optical systems would also be a plus


Personal Attributes:

Team-player, ability to work within a multi-disciplinary team;

Creative problem solver;

Ability and desire to work “hands-on”;

Self-motivated and energetic;

Ability to motivate others;

Well organised;


Attention to detail;

Open and honest;

Able to work to tight deadlines;

Able to delegate responsibilities to junior staff while retaining responsibility for the direction of a project.

Education & Experience:

A PhD or advanced degree in relevant discipline such as physics, engineering or chemistry and a proven track-record working in multidisciplinary projects spanning physics, chemistry, biochemistry, engineering and electronics

Proven track-record of designing, building and testing systems and systems components

Familiarity with the basic concepts of; software engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, sensor development, fluidics and statistics.

Experience of working with quality systems and risk management.


Information for recruitment agencies

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