Surface Modification Chemist /Scientist

DNA Electronics
Job Location: 
West London W12 7SB
Competitive compensation package and the chance to participate in the company’s financial success.
Job Description: 

A specialist surface Scientist, you will have an intuitive understanding and proven track record in surface modification for biochemical reactions, in particular
•for molecular diagnostics or DNA sequencing applications; and
•for the attachment of the protein or DNA molecules.

You will be part of the Science and Integration team to develop a NGS system. It is important that solid surface modification and immobilisation of primers must operate effectively in relation to other aspects of the greater system involving engineering and science. You should therefore enjoy communicating, brainstorming, and solving challenges side-by-side with colleagues from other disciplines (e.g. biochemistry, micro-fluidics, industrial designers).

You should have a practical, self-motivated approach to your work: creatively and proactively overcoming design challenges. Above all else, we are looking for outstanding candidates who have the drive to learn, adapt, and solve difficult yet practical challenges.



• PhD (Organic, Physical, Polymer chemistry/Biochemistry) with at least 5 years industrial experience in solid surface modification and DNA/protein immobilisation/grafting. This is likely to have been gained in the NGS industry working on molecular diagnostics.

• Your development experience will have been gained in some or all of the following areas:
1. Microarray surface modification and spacer length optimisation
2. DNA amplification on solid surfaces and characterisation of the modified surface.
3. Surface modification of semiconductor chips for molecular diagnostics, especially PCR based method.

• Strong analytical capability with the ability to be innovative/technically creative
• The ability to work quickly, under pressure and to deadlines.
• Excellent interpersonal skills and written / oral English
• Highly motivated and results driven
• Excellent problem solving, analytical, administrative, organisational, communication and interpersonal skills.

• Ideally, you will have publications in peer reviewed journals relating to solid surface modification and DNA/Protein immobilisation
• Experience in the development of a molecular diagnostics point of care platform
• Experience in NGS system development especially solid surface, bead based amplification chemistry
• Expert understanding of in-depth DNA Amplification techniques and implications to the next stage of the NGS process
• Excellent experience or knowhow of the various techniques of chemistry/biochemistry from the nucleic acid isolation, handling of the DNA and enzyme functionality in the NGS system
• Ideally, you would have experience in the other sectors of science and engineering e.g. molecular biology, semiconductor industry processes
• Understanding of sequencing/molecular diagnostics applications / user requirements
• Practical understanding of Molecular Assay Development under ISO 13485; Design Verification/Validation and Design Control

Contact Information: 

Please send your CV and covering letter (including your current salary package) to quoting the vacancy reference 14007 in the subject line of your email. Thank you.

About Our Organization: 

DNA Electronics Ltd is a dynamic young biotechnology company integrating cutting edge semiconductor technologies with novel biomedical techniques.

Our mission is to enable and develop fast and user-friendly products with wide-reaching and high-impact applications in healthcare and beyond. Our solutions lead to products which empower users, patients and consumers by making DNA analysis as rapid and accessible as consumer electronics devices.
DNA Electronics was founded by the eminent scientist and semiconductor pioneer Professor Chris Toumazou FRS, FREng, and is based on strong foundations from the semiconductor industry, with core competencies in electronic engineering, molecular biology, fluidics and chemistry.

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DNA Electronics’ scientists and engineers enjoy and thrive on working in an interdisciplinary team, but can also work independently and use their own initiative. The ideal candidate also likes to contribute to solving problems outside their field of immediate expertise and is an effective communicator. We offer a competitive compensation package and the chance to participate in the company’s financial success.