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    December 5, 2021
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Oxford Nanopore Technologies


Oxford Nanopore Technologies is headquartered at the Oxford Science Park outside Oxford, UK, with satellite offices and commercial presence in many global locations across the US, APAC and Europe. Oxford Nanopore employs from multiple subject areas including nanopore science, molecular biology and applications, informatics, engineering, electronics, manufacturing and commercialisation. The management team, led by CEO Dr Gordon Sanghera, has a track record of delivering disruptive technologies to the market.

Oxford Nanopore’s sequencing platform is the only technology that offers real-time analysis (for rapid insights), in fully scalable formats from pocket to population scale, that can analyse native DNA or RNA and sequence any length of fragment to achieve short to ultra-long read lengths.

Our goal is to enable the analysis of any living thing, by anyone, anywhere. We offer real-time nanopore-based DNA/RNA sequencing technology: accessible, easy to use and fully scalable for any requirement.

We are seeking a highly capable and motivated Development Scientist to join our Chip Development team. T his exciting and challenging role will be responsible for the development of microfluidic and MEMs components in sequencing flowcells in Oxford Nanopore’s products.

The Details

Reporting to the Director of Chip Development, the successful candidate will be involved in activities throughout the development lifecycle:

  • Design, fabrication, characterisation and verification of MEMs and microfluidic components of sequencing flowcells.
  • Building and analysing lab scale prototypes.
  • Defining requirements and working with outsource vendors to optimise designs compatible with their manufacturing process.
  • Developing component specifications, methods for test / inspection and inspection standards.
  • Building, testing and analysing data from lab scale prototypes.
  • Supporting transfer to production.
  • Interaction with a variety of outsource vendors, including generating requirements, design specifications and technical documents.
  • Supporting production and liaising with mass production manufacturing partners.

What We’re Looking For

The successful candidate will likely have a 2:1 degree or higher in Physics, Engineering or a Physical Science.

Applications are encouraged from highly motivated individuals who enjoy taking on new challenges, owning problems and who are quickly adaptable in an exciting and fast-paced environment, and who perform well under pressure. Strong attention to detail and a high level of organisation are essential for this role.

Previous experience of one or more of microfluidics, MEMs fabrication, volume manufacture, rapid prototyping and outsourcing are desirable for this role.

Please note that no terminology in this advert is intended to discriminate on the grounds of a person’s gender, marital status, race, religion, colour, age, disability or sexual orientation. Every candidate will be assessed only in accordance with their merits, qualifications and abilities to perform the duties of the job.​​​

Oxford Nanopore’s goal is to bring the widest benefits to society through enabling the analysis of anything, by anyone, anywhere. The company has developed a new generation of nanopore-based sensing technology enabling the real-time, high-performance, accessible and scalable analysis of DNA and RNA. The technology is used in more than 100 countries to understand the biology of humans and diseases, plants, animals, bacteria, viruses and whole environments.

Oxford Nanopore was founded in 2005 as a spin-out from the University of Oxford and now employs around 650 employees around the world.Oxford Nanopore Technologies