TTP plc. Full-time 2018-10-01

Consultant Biophysicist

  • 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 multi-disciplinary teams, you will be able to apply your uniquely-valuable blend of analytical physical science capabilities combined with life sciences insight. You will work to create inventive new tools, methodologies and instruments for applications such as cutting-edge point-of-care diagnostics, and life sciences instrumentation. You will solve complex new problems through skilled experimental and analytical work, learning from and sharing your knowledge with the engineering and biology team members working alongside you.

You will also contribute to and lead ambitious projects, working collaboratively in multi-disciplinary teams with 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.


The essential requirements for this role are:

  • A first or 2:1 undergraduate degree in physics, engineering, or a related discipline, from a world-class university.
  • An experimental PhD, experimental Masters degree or industrial experience in a life-science-related field.
    • Multi-disciplinary experience of applying engineering 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, high-throughput cell sorting, single-cell analysis, bio-printing - but experience in other similar fields could be equally valuable.
  • You enjoy both theoretical reasoning and experimental work. You should be able to draw on fundamental understanding of physical principles, but also construct elegant, efficient experiments to create clear evidence on which to base decisions.
  • Insatiable curiosity. Whether it’s new technology or how a business makes money, you dig deeper to generate valuable insight.
  • 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.

Candidates with greater experience will increasingly fulfil these additional requirements:

  • Leadership. You build collaboration by engaging with the needs and perspectives of clients, colleagues, and other stakeholders, enabling you to act in others’ interests, build confidence, and establish trust.
  • Insight. You demonstrate technical and commercial insight and the ability to apply these to development decisions, and to uncovering commercial opportunities.
  • Initiative. You take action to exploit opportunities – whether technological, commercial, personal, or otherwise – and make the most of them.
  • 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 Origami, 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.

This role is open to applicants from any career stage; from the PhD student about to graduate, to experienced professional.

  • If you are early in your career, you will still need to learn some aspects of the role but will be expected to demonstrate the essential requirements. Tell us how your extra-curricular activities, academic research or internship demonstrate your wider potential.
  • A few years into your career you will have a demonstrable track record, but still have plenty of scope to develop. Tell us about your achievements.
  • As an experienced professional, you will be able to demonstrate your technical and commercial impact. Tell us how you can expand TTP’s capabilities or build a new area of business.

Please submit your CV including evidence showing how you meet the requirements above.

The online application process will ask you to explain why you want to work at TTP, why you think you are a strong candidate for the role, and to describe a project that you have contributed to.


  • Employer pension contribution of 12% (+3% personal contribution)
  • Profit related bonus
  • Enhanced share purchase scheme
  • Private Medical Insurance
  • Life insurance
  • 25 days’ annual holiday plus bank holidays
  • Discounts and memberships to local sports facilities and the theatre
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • A comprehensive relocation package is also available, if applicable.

How to apply

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