Biosensors and Point of Care Testing - Biomedical Engineer (KTP Associate)

University of Strathclyde / Biotangents Limited
Location: Penicuik, Midlothian
Salary: Up to £34k p.a. plus £4k training and development budget
Closing Date: 8th February 2021

The Department of Biomedical Engineering in partnership with Biotangents Limited (https://www.biotangents.co.uk/) is looking to appoint a Point of Care Testing - Development Engineer (KTP Associate) to lead the translation of novel biosensing and electrochemical detection strategies into an integrated product suitable for diagnostic use in the field.

Biotangents is a veterinary diagnostics company based in Scotland focusing on portable infectious disease diagnostics. They have an advanced technology for detecting infectious diseases using a unique implementation of the isothermal amplification of DNA concept. Using machine learning algorithms to guide its adaptation to specific disease targets, they are using their technology, called Moduleic Sensing™, to develop portable diagnostic tests for various infectious diseases of livestock. Having developed Moduleic Sensing™ initially as a laboratory diagnostic test, they are now working to incorporate it into a portable device to bring advanced diagnostics directly to the point of need. By catching diseases earlier, treatments can be applied more effectively and the spread of the disease reduced.

The post is initially for 24 months but it is the company’s aspiration that on successful completion of the project the post holder will continue the work as a Biotangents employee. KTPs offer extensive opportunities for graduates and post-grads, as you provide the link between an expert academic team and a dynamic company. This ‘bridge’ gives you unique and exceptional access to both worlds.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to lead the integration of Biotangents’ Moduleic Sensing™ strategies into a hardware/instrumentation solution to generate a rapid, in the field, multiplexed diagnostic technology for a range of key infectious diseases in the veterinary sector. This project will offer candidates the opportunity to develop their existing skills through leading on the integration/translation of a novel biosensing strategy into a fully developed system for real world use. In conducting the project, the candidate will work with the Biotangents team, gaining exposure to cutting edge molecular and synthetic biology techniques, whilst also working with the academic supervisors (Dr Damion Corrigan – Biomedical Engineering and Dr Andrew Ward – Civil and Environmental Engineering) on aspects of electrochemical detection strategies, sensor fabrication, low cost potentiostat development, sample delivery, fluidic integration and control software.

To be considered for the role you should have experience in the development of electrochemical biosensors, ideally through PhD or Post-Doctoral level qualifications, in Biomedical Engineering, Physical Chemistry, Electrical Engineering or Micro/Systems Engineering. Experience in or exposure to molecular biology techniques, particularly nucleic acid amplification strategies is advantageous. In addition, experience of project management and a demonstrable ability to take the lead on managing and delivering a complex project, which integrates aspects of molecular biology, electrochemical sensing and hardware/instrumentation development will be an advantage.

The position offers the KTP Associate the following benefits:

  • A challenging and rewarding job, with real responsibility within the work environment
  • A planned program of training courses, including a £4,000 personal development budget
  • Mentoring from industrial and academic supervisors
  • Support and resources from the University
  • The opportunity to implement strategic development within an innovative company

The post will be mostly based remotely (subject to Covid-19 guidelines) or at the company premises in Penicuik.

Interviews are expected to take place during the second half of Feb 2021 and the appointed candidate must be able to start the post no later than 10th of May 2021.

Informal enquiries about the post can be directed to Dr Damion Corrigan, Senior Lecturer, at damion.corrigan@strath.ac.uk.

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