Optical Research Scientist at Fluidic Analytics
Cambridge, GB

Would you like to work for a company developing tools at the cutting edge of biological analysis? Are you fascinated by next-generation measurement technology?

Fluidic Analytics envisions a world where information about proteins and their behaviour transforms our understanding of how the biological world operates, and helps all of us make better decisions about how we diagnose diseases, develop treatments and maintain our personal well-being.

By building the world’s best tools, software and services for protein characterisation and making them universally accessible in the lab, in the clinic or at home, we are making this vision a reality not just for a small group of expert users, but for everyone.

About the Role

As a Fluidic Analytics’ Optical Research Scientist, you’ll design and develop innovative microfluidic single molecule detection systems for ground-breaking life-science and medical-diagnostic instruments. You will design and build optical systems for single molecule detection, and design and execute experiments to demonstrate and validate optical detection technologies. You’ll also perform signal processing and implement statistical methods for single molecule data processing. At all times you will look to develop innovative solutions to improve the Company’s products. You can expect to work closely with the existing optics team and receive excellent support from our engineers and scientists.

Working from our Cambridge headquarters and reporting to the Head of R&D, you’ll push our detection capabilities to single molecule level, building and testing cutting edge optical systems for incorporation into our world-leading protein analysis instruments



Design and build optical systems for single molecule detection

  • Confocal and surface-based techniques
  • Carry out simulations of illumination and detection configurations using suitable software
  • Develop prototypes using off-the-shelf and custom parts as required, on time and meeting budgetary restraints
  • Monitor developments in technology and assess for viability
  • Maintain an overview of how prototype systems could be translated into viable commercial products

Design and execute experiments to demonstrate and validate technologies

  • Generate proof-of-principle data based on which further development can be executed
  • Record and report results to the team
  • Efficiently evaluate options and focus effort accordingly
  • Rapidly iterate designs based on experimental evidence

Perform signal processing and implement statistical methods for single molecule data processing

  • Translate raw data into meaningful results for the Company’s customers
  • Implement efficient algorithms for data processing and interact closely with our in-house software team to integrate into the Company’s code.

Develop innovative solutions to improve the Company’s products

  • Proactively search for and identify new technologies and strategies to help the Company realise its long-term product development goals.
  • Play an active role in blue-skies activities to open new avenues for future product development.
  • Continuously identify means to improve the reliability and sensitivity of the Company’s product pipeline.
  • Lead IP capture for patents involving single molecule detection and contribute to freedom-to-operate assessments

Requirements of the candidate

  • PhD in physics, biophysics, photonics or nano-optics/photonics essential; postdoctoral experience preferred
  • Extensive experience with microscopy and single molecule detection essential
  • Strong hands-on experimental skills
  • Goal oriented
  • Enthusiasm for product development
  • Awareness of the roles of timing, documentation and commercial consideration
  • Uphold our core values: competence, integrity and communication


  • Experience with image processing beneficial
  • Ability to work effectively in a small, fast paced company environment


Interested in learning more?

Please send your CV and a covering letter highlighting your relevant experience to us  and we will be in touch shortly.