× Medicines Discovery Catapult

The role of Senior Scientist – Technology Prototyping & Validation would suit a highly motivated self-starter who is passionate about the development of innovative technologies and their application to medicines discovery, to enhance the drug discovery process and improve patient outcomes. The successful individual will bring a depth of expertise in engineering and instrument development and will apply this knowledge in collaborative projects aimed at validating prototype instruments and devices in an industrial context. The individual will work closely with colleagues in interdisciplinary project teams and the role will involve extensive collaboration with external partners, including academic institutes and engineering and software providers. This role provides a fantastic vehicle for career progression, working in high profile technology development partnerships with leading innovators across the country.

We are looking for the very best people to join the Medicines Discovery Catapult team in driving the UK to the forefront of commercial success for medicines discovery, committing to place the patient at the beginning of discovery and helping the sector move faster to the patient.

Main duties and responsibilities

  • To work in collaboration with academic innovators and companies that have developed a pre-commercial instrument or device that has application to the development of complex cell models, to target engagement & validation, to drug delivery or to biomarker detection.
  • To evaluate the instrument/device and contribute scientific and engineering insight to advise on improvements that are required for commercialisation.
  • To develop and apply solutions to advance the instrument/device, through outsourcing of work packages to engineering and software providers and through in-house experimentation.
  • To work collaboratively with Medicines Discovery Catapult colleagues and external collaborators to evaluate the impact of the technology improvements on instrument performance and end-user experience.
  • To apply their skills to connect and automate commercial instruments, deriving new experimental workflows that increase throughput and assay robustness and reduce labour.
  • Manage complex collaborative projects with external partners to completion.
  • Implement effective lab processes, experimental records, and safety.
  • Build links to the High Value Manufacturing Catapult and identify expertise and insight that can bring value to the Medicines Discovery Catapult.
  • Demonstrate effective communication and research collaboration skills, working with a wide range of colleagues in academic and commercial organisations.

Qualifications and Experience

  • A higher degree in engineering or a related subject.
  • Significant practical experience in engineering and technology prototyping & validation, including materials, electronics and microfluidics; preferably in a life sciences environment.
  • A practical understanding of the design of instrumentation software and user interfaces.
  • In depth knowledge of the steps involved in progressing a novel technology, from design to prototype, and from prototype to robust development-product testing.
  • A strong track record of advancing technology projects to market.
  • Experience of engaging and working with outsourced suppliers to deliver projects.
  • An extensive network in the field of engineering and instrument development.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with biological scientists and technology specialists.
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously in a highly collaborative and inter-disciplinary environment.
  • Experience of working in a medicine discovery setting would be an advantage, as would experience of working collaboratively with SME and academic partners
  • Experience in 3D Printing and/or software development would be an advantage.