Biosensor Engineer

Location: Cambridge UK
Job type: full-time
Salary: £30,942 - £38,017
Closing date: 15th January 2021

Qualified in engineering or physical sciences (or equivalent professional qualifications and experience)? This is an excellent opportunity to make an impact in developing an innovative gene and protein writing technologies whilst receiving support, supervision and guidance from the Nuclera Nucleics and the University of Southampton. We offer a great package of career development, mentoring and training including commercial awareness supported by a generous budget.

You will be employed by the University of Southampton but based at Nuclera (Cambridge Science Park). You will be working on a company project to build innovative benchtop gene and protein printers, providing project and programme management support, based on Nuclera’s core enzyme-mediated DNA synthesis method, as well as its proprietary borderless liquid movement platform.

You will be joining Nuclera’s growing engineering department, and also interface with experts in chemistry and biochemistry. This position involves:

  • Work closely with Nuclera’s engineers developing the technology platform, focusing on building up key functionalities
  • Work with potential customers to understand specific needs and features to be deployed
  • Lead the development, troubleshoot, and optimisation of novel sensing functions on the platform
  • Be the conduit between the University of Southampton and Nuclera in this collaboration

To be successful you should have the following qualifications and attributes:

  • Experience in building, testing and characterising biosensors in any form (e.g. optical, electrochemical, magnetic). 
  • Good knowledge of microfluidics and integration of sensors into systems.
  • A keen interest in biotechnology and synthetic biology.
  • Knowledge of C/C++, Java would be advantageous but not essential.

Further Job Description and Person Specification can be found here

This is a Full-Time Fixed Term (2 Years) position. Although the Company has the potential to employ you after the completion of this project. This collaboration is known as a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP).  To find out more:

The University of Southampton (UoS) is a research-intensive university and a founding member of the Russell Group.

The Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences is one of the most successful of its type in the world. We are defining and developing substantial areas of research that impact on the fast-changing world in which we live. Our international reputation attracts students from around the world to study and research on innovative programmes that provide access to renowned academics, unique and cutting-edge facilities, and a community that is exciting, ambitious, and dynamic. Our thriving research community is highly valued by our many industrial collaborators, with our achievements receiving national and global recognition.


​As you will be officially employed by the University of Southampton, you will enjoy the benefits provided by the University. You can find additional details here

Application Procedure 

You should submit your completed online application form at (Reference:1318520FP). The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. References are requested along with your application. This reference system is automated so please ensure you provide the correct email address and allow time for these to be received, prior to the close date, to assist the department with shortlisting. If you need any assistance, please call Charlene Tyson (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 2750 or email Please quote reference 1318520FP on all correspondence.  

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