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Food Allergen Scientist in Gloucestershire

The Biochemistry Section comprises of a small team of biochemists, molecular biologists and food analysts.  Our remit is to serve clients in the areas of food allergen testing, food authenticity and chemical and biochemical causes of quality change.  Services are provided through short term contracts, longer term research projects and include testing, the provision of advice and information and training directly to clients.  The techniques include immunoassays (ELISA), DNA based tests (PCR, RFLP), spectrophotometry and fluorimetry (enzyme assays, pigment analysis, antioxidant tests) and oxitests.

Duties and responsibilities:

The purpose of this role is to deliver an efficient, high quality service to clients in the area of food allergens. Activities related to allergen testing include involvement in provision of a testing service, advice and consultancy, training, events and research carried out by the Biochemistry section.

Qualifications and competencies

PhD/Degree/ or professional qualification in a relevant area of science & technology

At least 3 years experience of food allergen management controls and testing specifically using at least one of ELISA, DNA based or mass spectrometry techniques (PhD can be included as part of the 3 years)

Working knowledge and experience of Quality Management systems such as ISO9000 and particularly ISO17025

Experience of project management

Ability to work as part of a small team

Experience of laboratory environment with respect to safety and general conduct

Effective time management skills to deal with projects running in parallel.

Good verbal and written communication skills  for technical and non-specialist audiences

Proficient in use of WORD, Excel, Powerpoint and LIMS databases

Ability to extract relevant information to solve client problems

Ability to present ideas and information clearly & concisely




North Gloucestershire


£20k - £30k

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