TTP plc. Full-time 2020-10-09

Diagnostic Assay Development Scientist

  • Location
    Cambridge, United Kingdom


Are you experienced in developing assays for diagnostics?

TTP is currently developing cutting-edge platforms in nucleic acid and protein-based diagnostics; this includes new assay approaches and systems integrating sample preparation and workflow automation.

We are seeking a bright, enthusiastic, experienced diagnostics scientist who wants to join a truly interdisciplinary effort, serving this exciting and technically challenging global industry.

You will be a core team member bringing products to the market, involved in all stages of technology and product development. This will include assay design, product insight and experimental validation studies. As well as bringing depth and skills in diagnostic assays, your technical breadth will enable you to quickly grasp new ideas and collaborate effectively with people from a range of technical backgrounds.

The Diagnostics Assay Scientist role offers the opportunity to contribute to some of the newest and most exciting technology advances in the diagnostics industry. Your insight will contribute to development opportunities and you will be capable of helping to translate these insights into practical engineered solutions. With a growing commercial acumen, you will help to define and manage projects, enjoy working in a laboratory environment and be equally at home presenting to clients.

The successful candidate will have an excellent commercial and academic track record and will enjoy creating elegant, manufacturable solutions to complex technical challenges. This is a client facing role, requiring strong communication and interpersonal skills.



  • Significant hands-on experience of diagnostic assay development (qPCR, RT-qPCR, LAMP, ELISA or similar) with demonstrable commercial results.
  • Familiarity with regulated development/ working with processes such as ISO 13485/ISO17025.
  • Understanding of the application of diagnostics in the point of care and clinical environments.
  • Good awareness of commercial trends and opportunities in the diagnostics field.
  • A minimum 5 years’ post-university experience in a commercial environment in an innovative hands-on role.
  • A first or 2:1 in biology, biochemistry or a related discipline from a world-class university and a solid knowledge base across molecular and protein biochemistry, as well as in modern bioanalytical methods.
  • Experience in a client-facing or collaborative role.


  • PhD in a relevant area.
  • Experience of technical leadership within a role or a project.
  • Experience of a multidisciplinary environment such as working with engineers or physicists developing new diagnostic systems

Additionally, we are looking for:

  • A hands-on attitude. You enjoy taking your theories into the lab and putting them to the test.
  • Strong problem-solving ability. You can apply biochemistry in broader science and engineering contexts and understand how scientific developments and inventions can create value for society.
  • Insatiable curiosity. Whether it is new science, technology or how a business makes money, you dig deeper to generate valuable insight
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills. You enjoy collaborating across disciplines and succinctly and clearly 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.
  • 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.


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 also offer fantastic employee benefits including:

  • A generous employer pension contribution
  • Employee share scheme
  • Private medical insurance
  • Profit share
  • 25 days’ annual holiday plus bank holidays
  • Life insurance
  • 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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