Owlstone Medical: Graduate Data Analyst (Detection Systems)

  • Closing date 31 Mar 2018

Owlstone Medical has developed a breathalyzer for the early detection of cancer, inflammatory and infectious disease. Our mission is to save 100,000 lives and $1.5B in healthcare costs. We need to add a Data Analyst to our team to help us achieve it.

As a member of the Algorithms & Data Software Group, you’ll become part of a diverse and welcoming team using data science to solve real problems. Our in-house knowledge of chemical sensing and detection is world class.  It’s a welcoming and highly collaborative workplace: sitting (or standing) side-by-side with colleagues from engineering, chemistry and clinical teams, you will have opportunities to try things out, succeeding or trying again in a supportive system.  We use python, jupyter, git, HipChat, Jira, Jenkins and a swathe of other tools to accommodate rapid, flexible and high-quality code development and exploratory analysis.

About the Job:

The role will involve using analysis tools and databases we have developed to review the spectra and other data coming from lab testing of our chemical detectors to check for any problems, identify features of interest and ensure the data is ready for use in training the detection algorithms. As your experience grows, you would have a chance to get involved in more exploratory data analysis, learn python and get hands-on experience with common tools, technologies and development workflows used in data science.

The role will be based in our Cambridge office.

About You:

You will be a bright, organized and diligent science or maths graduate or PhD with excellent attention to detail. You must be willing to take ownership of tasks, and able to work under time pressure to deliver good quality results with minimum supervision. Previous experience in chemistry or data science is not essential.

You will be able to demonstrate:

  • Solid mathematical background
  • Experience with experimental measurement and basic data analysis
  • Some experience of coding
  • Excellent attention to detail & persistence
  • Great communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Ability to work collaboratively within a team


Applicants must have permission to work in the UK and must be available to start work by the end of March 2018.

Most importantly, we are looking for someone who wants to make a difference, can figure out what the right problem to tackle next is and gets stuff done.


About Owlstone:

Our vision is to change the way we currently diagnose and monitor serious disease; we aim to become the global leader in the non-invasive detection of cancer, infectious disease and inflammatory disease. The key is detecting diseases earlier, when treatments are more effective, where more lives can be saved. There is no better example than cancer, where if detected early the chances of survival can be as good at 95% but at late stage drop to about 5% – unfortunately there are still far too many people detected at late stage.

The Owlstone group also commercialises a range of highly innovative products based on its proprietary FAIMS chemical sensing technology in other markets including Scientific, Industrial Process Control, Military and Homeland Defence.

We offer a relaxed, friendly, flexible and international working environment with a great team-spirit. You will be rewarded with a competitive salary package that includes share options and your work will have a clear impact on people’s lives. If you want to experience the buzz of an expanding company set to succeed on a global scale, Owlstone may be the place for you.



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