Experimental Physicist/Engineer — Cardiff, UK

Experimental Physicist/Engineer

Our Client is a Biotechnology company that is developing high throughput quantitative biochemical assays for the pharmaceutical industry.

The challenge for the holder of the Experimental Physicist/Engineer position will be the planning and assembly of a computer-controlled micro-fluidics device integrated with optical instrumentation to perform time-resolved fluorescence resonant energy transfer (TR-FRET) in total internal reflection (TIR) geometry on a multiplexed chip array. Key tasks for this post will be the the micro-fluidics set-up assembly and the hardware software-interfacing of the micro-fluidics device integrated with the acquisition of TR-FRET measurements.

The post will require a dynamic flexible approach and the ability to interact with Biologists / Biochemists, and Chemists. The Experimental Physicist/Engineer will be responsible for the delivery a series of technical goals with tight deadlines.

Main Function of Post: To carry out experimental work for the development of a computer-controlled automated instrument performing high-throughput time-resolved fluorescence resonant energy transfer (TR-FRET) measurements in total internal reflection (TIR) geometry on a multiplexed chip array integrated into a micro-fluidics device.

Job Description:

  • Planning and assembly of a computer-controlled micro-fluidics device.
  • To contribute to the planning and assembly of an optical set-up for TR-FRET in TIR geometry.
  • Hardware-software interfacing for automated computer-controlled measurements and data acquisition.

Essential Criteria  


  • Excellent knowledge of micro-fluidics
  • Excellent knowledge of electronics
  • Excellent knowledge of computer programming
  • Good knowledge of optics
  • Excellent expertise and competence of operating principles and performances of micro-fluidics-related instrumentation
  • Excellent practical skills with micro-fluidics instrumentation
  • Excellent practical skills with electronics
  • Excellent practical skills with programming for hardware interfacing
  • Excellent practical skills with software for quantitative data analysis.
  • Good practical skills with optical microscopy instrumentation
  • Excellent organisational skills with a proven ability to prioritise and meet deadlines within the framework of an agreed programme.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Qualifications (IT/Academic/Vocational)

  • A PhD in Engineering or Physics or other relevant equivalent research experience.


  • A demonstrable history of practical laboratory work developing micro-fluidics-related instrumentation
  • A demonstrable history of hardware-software interfacing

Specific Qualities (eg attitudes)

  • Ambitious and committed to scientific excellence
  • Committed to precision, accuracy and task completion.
  • Self-motivated and able to work with limited supervision.
  • Flexible, responsible approach to working in a multi-tasking and multi-disciplinary environment.

Desirable Criteria

  • Experience with micro-fluidic devices for optical microscopy
  • Knowledge of biochemistry techniques

Please contact: Ian Ashforth <ian.ashforth@completeresourcing.com>

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