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Lead Scientist TD-GC-MS

  • Closing date 31 Oct 2021
  • Type Full-time
  • Duration Permanent

Owlstone Medical has a new Lead Scientist position available within our analytical science department. We are looking for someone with extensive TD-GC-MS experience and excellent analytical, technical and leadership skills to help with all aspects of our TD-GC-MS method lifecycle for biomarker discovery.

Key Tasks / Accountabilities

  • Help plan and review experiments intrinsic to Owlstone medical assay/application/product development projects with a focus on TD-GC-MS method development / improvements
  • Ensure experimental work adheres to department processes
  • Theoretical research activities
  • Experimental design
  • Technical review of experimental report writing and information dissemination
  • Lead troubleshooting activities
  • Help define and implement instrument preventative maintenance activities and schedules
  • Provision of mentorship and development of the technical team in partnership with line managers
  • Maintain accurate up to date Laboratory records
  • In addition to this, you will also be expected to play an active role in the success of the department. This could include acting as a technical reviewer for other projects, running, or contributing to development seminars and deputising for more senior staff as required


The following competencies form the core strength of analytical science department, you will have an in-depth knowledge of the below competencies in complex situations and will be able to critically evaluate, adapt and add to them, as necessary. You will be recognised as an expert by other senior professional and will be expected to demonstrate a practical application of them in complex situations as well as draw upon examples where others have sought your guidance in their application.

  • Research - The ability to conduct, objective, logical, and systematic method of analysis of phenomena devised to permit the accumulation of reliable knowledge
  • Protocols – The ability of how to follow and validate protocols and understanding of the importance to spot, raise and resolve nonconformities and track through to a root cause analysis of any outside tolerance deviations
  • Data Management- Understanding the pertinency of the data collection, data entry and verification process and data management systems
  • Dissemination of Findings – The ability of reporting results using the various dissemination formats available for different target audiences. Understands the importance of clear communication adapted in a manner suitable for the audience
  • Analytical Concept - The understanding of rationale, theory, and subject matter in a particular scientific discipline to allow the appropriate application within an analytical role. (e.g Applying knowledge of basic chemical concepts and theories to set research questions with appropriate confidence limits, choose correct analysis technique and proficient instrument operation).
  • Facilities and Safety – Has the ability to assess the appropriateness of laboratory function against business deliverables and justify / implement the change when required. Also understands the importance of compliance to processes that are there to identify and mitigate workplace hazards
  • Pre- analytical – Has the ability to design, implement and evaluate the appropriateness of sampling methodologies and sample preparation
  • Analysis – Has the ability to perform routine and non-routine analysis and understands when the applied technique is fit for purpose and what associated quality control activities are required to ensure that the technique remains within established ranges and limits. When technique deviates from those established ranges and limits will be able to effectively troubleshoot.
  • Critical evaluation of data – Has the ability to evaluate and ensure the accuracy of data as well as spot real and non-real trends to provide an answer with confidence limits to either fulfil a customer contract or research question



Education & Training

  • The successful candidate is likely to have a higher degree in a relevant analytical science discipline

Experience / Knowledge


  • Experience of working with TD-GC-MS systems
  • Experience of TD-GC-MS method development
  • Experience of processing primary GC-MS data into informative secondary data
  • Experience of instrument fault-finding, maintenance, and repair
  • Experience of leading a technical team


  • Development of methods in a CRO
  • Working in ISO 17025 or GxP environment


Professional Skills

  • Leadership
  • Influencing
  • Stakeholder management
  • High attention to detail
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Flexible approach to changing priorities

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