Scientific Consultant in Electrochemical Sensors

Job Ref: J28391
Sector: Science
Sub-sector: Biotech/Life Sciences
Date Added: 10 September 2018
  • London, Hertfordshire, England, UK
  • £32,500 - £37,000 per Annum
  • Neil Walton
  • 0203 096 4700

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Scientific Consultant in Electrochemical Sensors

Salary Range: £32,500 - £37,000

Based in Hertfordshire

My client is a UK based commercially focused consultancy, which addresses technical problems from industry utilising world class technology and expertise. They provide experienced project management and client facing business development to ensure projects are run on time and to budget. They have strong relationships with and a rapidly expanding portfolio of clients from a variety of sectors; these include biotechnology, defence, electronics, pharmaceutical, med-tech and cleantech. My client has a strong internal technology and product development program and are the first consultancy in Europe to focus on the increasingly important intersection between bio and nanotechnology.

We are looking to hire a full-time Scientific Consultant within Electrochemical Sensors. Acting as part of the Consulting team, the Scientific Consultant will be required to work on a collaborative technology development project. The post-holder will report to a Project Manager and will join a highly motivated group working to develop an innovative sensor for measuring asparagine levels in flour. Asparagine is a precursor to toxic acrylamide in baked and fried foods and this project is driven by recent EU regulation requiring food companies to reduce the levels of acrylamide in their products.

The successful applicant will have a strong background in chemical sensors and ideally with experience in electrochemical sensors. Industrial research and development experience or conducting translational academic research would be beneficial.

The role requires use of a candidate's own initiative to ensure that all projects are delivered on time, within the scope and in required quality. Confidence in working in a busy, business-focused environment with highly-skilled and motivated individuals, coupled with the ability to handle pressure on occasions is essential.

The appointment will start as soon as possible and will be for a period of 12 months in the first instance with a possibility of an extension by a further 12 months.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • This is primarily a laboratory based position requiring design, fabrication and characterisation of electrochemical sensors
  • Take initiative in the planning of the work, in collaboration with the project manager and collaborators
  • Identify and develop suitable techniques for the collection and analysis of data relevant to the project aims
  • Ensure the validity and reliability of data at all times
  • Maintain accurate and complete records of all findings
  • Work with and manage project subcontractors
  • Work effectively with the project team including planning and conducting electrical measurements with the project Electrical Engineer
  • Travel, as required, for meetings with collaborators, to attend conferences, and project progress meetings
  • Prepare progress reports on research as required
  • Present findings both internally and at conferences
  • Contribute to the drafting and submitting of papers to peer reviewed journals and patent applications
  • Comply with relevant policies, including Financial Regulations, Equal Opportunities Policy, Promoting Race Equality Policy, Health and Safety Policy, Information Systems Security Policy and Intellectual Property Rights and Register of Interests Policies
  • Be responsible for ensuring that equipment is safe and maintained in working order


  • PhD in Electrochemical Sensors or equivalent experience

Knowledge / Experience

  • Experience in electrochemical sensors is essential
  • Experience in sensor design, fabrication and characterisation is essential
  • Practical experience within a strong research environment, either academic or industrial is essential
  • Ideally applicants will have experience in nanomaterial based gas sensors and nanomaterial synthesis
  • Ideally applicants will have experience in electrochemical simulation and advanced electrochemical analysis
  • Ideally experience of preparing and publishing scientific papers in relevant, high-impact, refereed journals (including as first author)
  • Experience of working with enzymes will be beneficial but not necessary

Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to conduct a comprehensive but succinct review of recent literature
  • Ability to apply knowledge and experience, described above, to generate relevant experimental data
  • Ability to develop and apply new concepts or theories, drawing on literature and experimental information
  • Creative approach to problem-solving
  • Excellent verbal communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent written communication skills, especially to write clearly and succinctly for publication
  • Ability to organise work on own initiative
  • Ability to prioritise own work in response to deadlines
  • Computer skills, including data analysis, spreadsheets, word-processing, reference databases

Personal Attributes

  • Willingness to work as part of a team and to be open-minded and cooperative
  • Flexible attitude towards work as necessitated by the demands of the project
  • Highly self-motivated
  • Willingness to undertake any necessary training for the role
  • Willingness to travel both within the United Kingdom and abroad to conduct research, attend conferences, and meet with project collaborators/sponsors

Please apply online

The recruiter has stated that all applicants for this job should be able to prove they are legally entitled to work in the UK. SRG is a trading name of Science Recruitment Group Ltd an Employment Business/Agency.

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GBP 32500.00 32500.00.