TTP plc. Full-time 2020-11-17


  • Location
    Cambridge, United Kingdom


As a consultant Biophysicist at TTP you will create disruptive, world-changing life science technologies – and you’ll use fundamental science to get there.

Working within our multidisciplinary teams, you will be able to apply your uniquely-valuable blend of applied physics capabilities combined with life sciences insight. You will partner with biologists, biochemists and engineers to address cutting-edge trends in point-of-care diagnostics, miniaturization of biophysical workflows, and improvement of bioprocess monitoring. We welcome applicants with diverse experience and backgrounds, from DNA sequencing to microfabrication, with the common strand being an enthusiasm for creating inventive new tools, devices and instruments. The types of projects you will be working on range from the conceptual, detailed design and modelling phases, to building and testing prototypes, often within the same product development arc.

At TTP, you will be contributing and leading ambitious projects, working collaboratively while maintaining a high degree of devolved responsibility. Your project planning skills and judgment will enable you to balance carefully the uncertainties of R&D with time and budget constraints. High levels of communication, alignment, and trust enable each team member’s insight and energy to shape outcomes and contribute to team goals.

You will grow strong, collaborative relationships with clients and prospective clients, understanding them along with their strategy and vision. You will develop plans that they can buy into, and maintain this understanding through the successes and setbacks of challenging technology projects. At TTP you have the freedom, as you grow into the role, to propose and develop entirely new technological and commercial offerings - with experience, your combination of increasing market and technology insight will enable you to uncover valuable new business opportunities and even new areas of business.

In summary, consultant biophysicists set the direction for the development of high-impact life science products and technologies, for business or selling initiatives, and for their own career growth.


  • Academic excellence - an undergraduate degree in physics, or a related discipline.
  • An experimental PhD or industrial experience in a life-science-related field.
    • Multi-disciplinary experience of applying physics, engineering, microfabrication and/or MEMS to understanding and overcoming the limitations of current life science methods would be particularly applicable.
    • Relevant fields could include point-of-care diagnostics, sample preparation, workflow miniaturization, single-cell analysis, bio-printing - but experience in other similar fields could be equally valuable.
    • Experience within a relevant Life Sciences start-up company would be welcomed.
    • You enjoy both theoretical reasoning and experimental work. You construct elegant, efficient experiments to create clear evidence on which to base decisions, drawing on fundamental understanding of physical principles.
  • Insatiable curiosity. You understand how science and technology can be applied in a pragmatic way to make new, commercially-viable products
  • Communication skills. You enjoy collaborating and presenting your work to others and explaining why it matters to them.
  • Drive. You take on new responsibilities, seek challenging objectives, and pursue them with tenacity and pragmatism.
  • Familiarity with regulated development processes (such as ISO 13485) will be of value for this role.

You might be a good fit for this role if you’ve worked in areas such as: single molecule sensing (optical, electronic or other), DNA analysis, Protein Interactions and folding, Microfluidics for cell handling, Microfluidics for diagnostic tests, Cell physics, Biological membrane physics, Droplet or bubble physics. However, if you’re not familiar with any of these areas but have worked in a similarly exciting field at the interface of physics, engineering and biology then please get in touch.


TTP is an employee-owned business operating from pleasant surroundings on our own Science Park in Melbourn, South Cambridgeshire. Our working culture encourages entrepreneurship, shared ideas and technical collaboration, while providing you the freedom to do your best work. We offer employee benefits such as your usual 25 days holiday, private medical insurance, cycle to work scheme, plus:

  • Employer pension contribution of 12% (+3% personal contribution)
  • Annual profit related bonus
  • Enhanced share purchase scheme
  • Life insurance up to 6 times salary
  • Discounts and memberships to local sports facilities and the theatre
  • A comprehensive relocation package is also available, if applicable.

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