QuantuMDx Clinical Assay Research Scientist

Research Scientist - Clinical Assay
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    Position overview:

    We require a Research Scientist supporting the company’s commercialisation programme by working within the Clinical Assay Team to develop the Company’s diagnostic platform, the Q-POC™.

    Must have the ability to work in a fast paced, cross functional group environment, with a willingness to be hands-on across a wide area of responsibilities. A great capacity and desire for taking on new responsibilities and challenges is essential as the company grows and projects expand.

    Working professionally with chemists, physicists and engineers, the post holder will be supporting the development of in-vitro diagnostic (IVD) products in the areas of bacterial concentration and nucleic acid testing. The initial focus of the work will be working as a molecular and microbiologist supporting the development of point of care Tuberculosis diagnostics. Must input into experimental design and implementation in addition to supporting Junior Research Scientists and Assay Team Technicians.


    Key Roles & Responsibilities

    Performing a combination, but not necessarily all, of the following duties:

    • To be a laboratory based molecular/ microbiologist within the Assay development team based in Newcastle upon Tyne.
    • Performing general molecular and biology based tasks, including: Assay design, Bacterial culture, DNA/RNA extraction, PCR, Fluorescence microscopy, Sputum processing, Bacterial quantification.
    • Support the development of novel cell concentration technologies.
    • To report to the Team Lead.
    • Be able to follow and write SOPs.
    • Safe laboratory practices.
    • Record results accurately and in a Laboratory Book in accordance with Company policy and GDP.
    • Write accurate experimental plans and reports.
    • Record and interpret results to present to line manager.
    • Follow and ensure strict safety procedures and safety checks.
    • Work within the Company’s Quality Systems and Policies in line with ISO13485 standards.
    • Effectively interact with other Technical and Development teams.
    • Comply with QA standards and policies and ensuring that targets are achieved.
    • To provide support to the commercialisation activities of the company.
    Experience, knowledge and requirements
    • A PhD (or equivalent experience) in micro and molecular biology.
    • Previous experience of working in a molecular or microbiology lab and with BSL II organisms.
    • Knowledge of safe laboratory practice and containment.
    • Ability to work with of scientists to accomplish research project objectives and goals.
    • Meticulous record keeping.
    • A willingness to learn new techniques and a readiness to understand technologies from multiple disciplines.
    • Maintain confidentiality at all times.
    • Excellent communication/IT skills and ability to work in a changing environment on complex projects.
    • Outstanding teamwork and ability to interact with external and internal partners on fast-paced projects.
    • Be eligible to work full time in the UK without restriction.
    • Previous experience working with BSL III organisms.
    • Previous experience working with Mycobacterium tuberculosis.
    • Previous experience supervising junior researchers.
    • Experience handling biological samples such as DNA, blood, saliva, swabs.
    • Having previously developed or worked with in vitro diagnostic products.
    • Industrial experience.
    • Previous experience of infectious disease diagnostics or lab on a chip technology.
    • Previous experience of assay validation.
    • Microfluidics experience.
    • Knowledge of statistics.
    • Knowledge of programming.
    • GLP or ISO standard experience.


    To apply for this role please send a cover letter and CV to hr@quantumdx.com.


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    The intent of this job description is to provide a representation and level of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.


    Company overview

    QuantuMDx Group is one of the most exciting life sciences, tools and diagnostics companies to emerge from the UK in recent years. Due for commercialisation in 2018, their signature device, Q-POC™, is a low-cost, simple-to-use, portable diagnostic device for 10 – 20 minute diagnosis at the patient’s side. The robust device will identify the presence and strain of an infection, ensuring the right drug is prescribed first time, facilitating a more intelligent use of antibiotics. Further to this, globally distributed Q-POC™ devices will geotag and anonymise pathogen data, sending it to the cloud for real-time disease and drug resistance monitoring, and rapid detection and containment of pathogens.

    Q-POC™ is ideally suited to help address the humanitarian health burden by offering gold-standard molecular diagnostics at a fraction of the price of traditional testing. Once the device has passed regulatory approval it will be available for highly multiplexed diagnostic and drug susceptibility testing for just a few dollars, in any setting globally.