Research Scientist Biochemical Assay Development in Cambridgeshire

Huntingdon area

12 months FTC

Our client is leading global R&D company in the field of materials science. They are seeking a qualified and experienced life sciences candidate to work on the development and optimisation of fluorescence-based biochemical assays for the detection of proteins and/or nucleic acids using the company’s fluorescent reporter tag technology.

Working in a multi-disciplinary team of scientists and engineers the main scope of the role is to:

Develop and optimise biochemical and biophysical assays to evaluate the suitability of novel bio-functionalised fluorescent nanoparticles for end-use applications.

Support the synthesis team in material development of fluorescent nanoparticles by carrying out routine assay work using established protocols.


PhD in Biology or Biochemistry with post-doc experience; or a Life Sciences Degree coupled with equivalent relevant experience in an industrial or academic environment.


Extensive experience with one of the following areas is essential:

Fluorescence-based assay development and optimisation for the detection of proteins or nucleic acids.

Surface chemistry strategies for immobilisation of proteins and nucleic acids to surfaces.


Additional experience in one or more of the following areas would be highly desirable:

Statistical analysis methods, including use of MiniTab.

Methods for characterizing ligand-protein interactions (binding kinetics, binding affinity).

Automation of the assay workflow.

Surface functionalisation, purification and characterisation of nanoparticles.

Fluorescence-based biochemical techniques (e.g. microarray, cell labelling, gel electrophoresis, flow cytometry).

Programming for automation of data analysis.




Huntingdon area


£35,000 to £50,000
Competitive salary plus benefits

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