Biosensor - Lead Scientist


The company

Proteins are the key drivers of any organism. Our mission at HexagonFab is to unlock the secrets of proteins and their interactions. We want to create the tools that enable anyone to understand how a protein behaves, what its properties are and how it interacts with other molecules. Our tools help researchers to develop the medicine of the future, to find the best ways to produce novel biomolecules and to assure that medicine is always safe and efficacious.

We are a dynamic, interdisciplinary team working at the intersection of biology, nanotechnology and data science. We value a flat hierarchy, where everyone is encouraged to share their ideas and to follow their passion. We believe it is important to move fast, to make mistakes and then to try again. This approach has led us to the invention of our biosensor platform powered by a nanomaterial-based transistor that is the core of our technology. Join us to bring biology to the next level.

The role

You will lead our Biosensor R&D team, responsible for the development and optimization of HexagonFab’s sensor platform at the interface of electronics and biology. As the Biosensor Lead Scientist, your responsibility will be to design and build the next generation of the sensor platform and to experimentally validate its performance. You will manage a multidisciplinary team of surface chemists and hardware engineers. As part of the larger R&D team, you will analyse and present your data and participate in the product development. The position is based in Cambridge, UK.

Your responsibilities

  • Lead the Biosensor R&D team of HexagonFab
  • Design and build the next generation of HexagonFab’s sensor platform focusing on improved sensor specificity and stability
  • Project management, incl. management of different work packages and external partners
  • Perform experiments to validate and optimize the sensor platform 
  • Work together with the R&D team to troubleshoot complex problems
  • Provide support for product development
  • Research novel application areas

Minimum requirements

  • PhD in Bioelectronics, Biosensing, Biochemistry, Electrochemistry or related field
  • Experience leading san R&D project
  • 3+ years of lab experience and proven knowledge of electrochemical sensing methods, e.g. potentiometry, amperometry, conductometry or similar
  • Experience in building, testing and characterising electrochemical biosensors
  • Familiarity with biosensor instrumentation including electrochemical cells and amplification circuit
  • Competent user of Microsoft Office

Preferred qualifications

  • Experience in R&D of organic electrochemical transistors (OECTs), ion selective transistors (ISFETs) or similar
  • Experience working with graphene and related thin film materials
  • Previous work designing and setting up electrochemical cells and amplifier circuitry for biosensing experiments
  • Experience working in a cleanroom environment
  • Familiar with data analysis and visualisation tools like Python and R
  • Experience handling biological samples, e.g. proteins, DNA, aptamers

What we offer

  • Young, dynamic and fast-paced work environment
  • Be part of a step-change in life science tools
  • Working on a cutting-edge technology at the intersection of biology, engineering, and data science
  • Competitive salary
  • Share option scheme
  • Most important of all, join a great team!

Start date

1st of April 2021 or by arrangement

Primary location

Cambridge, UK, with national and international travel, remote work possible

Application process

First stage via video or phone call, followed by a face-to-face interview with members of the team

How to apply?

Send us your CV with a short e-mail outlining your motivation to