Graduate Scientist - Biosensor Development - Internship

Macclesfield, Cheshire
£4,000 for 3 months
13 Jul 2017
27 Jul 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

With a strong Board and a wealth of technical and commercial experience NeuDrive’s team has been working in the field of organic electronic materials for over 20 years. This year, NeuDrive offers an excellent opportunity for a talented graduate, to gain experience and new skills; the intern will focus on the investigation and development of the chemistry aspects of a proprietary biosensor platform based on organic thin film transistor (OTFT) technology. The successful candidate will be working in the beautiful landscape of Alderley Park, on cutting edge technology with real world application potential; working at the intersection of multiple scientific disciplines; being able to contribute technical ideas to the work.

NeuDrive             Royal Society of Chemistry    

Salary: £4,000 
3 Months Full Time
Holidays: 6 days holiday + Bank holidays 
Working Hours: 9:00-17:00 Mon - Friday 
Interview dates: Early August 
Start date: End August/ Early September 
Degree / relevant disciplines: GRADUATES only: BSc MChem chemistry or biochemistry 
Closing Date: 27th July 2017                       

About the company

NeuDrive is dedicated to working with its partners to develop the commercial applications of organic semiconductor materials and associated organic thin film transistor technology. NeuDrive’s FlexOS™ inks and associated low temperature application processes have been developed to deliver outstanding transistor performance on flexible substrates. High charge mobility and dynamically flexible transistor arrays can enable applications such ultra-thin wearable electronics, foldable displays and conformal biosensor devices.

Job role

In this laboratory based role, the intern will focus on the investigation and development of the chemistry aspects of a proprietary biosensor platform based on organic thin film transistor (OTFT) technology. The intern will study the construction of biosensor surfaces using a range of different chemical and biochemical reagents and investigate the effect on the performance of the resulting devices. Full technical training will be provided in the handling of materials, and the testing of the biosensor devices.

Job accountabilities 

The placement aims to give the intern some great scientific / work experience in this emerging area, which sits at the crossroads between chemistry, biology and organic electronics. An introduction into the organic electronics field will be provided during the course of the internship, and the intern will be able to interact with world leading experts during their time with us. Technical learning outcomes will include surface chemistry, biosensors, bio conjugate chemistry and organic electronic materials. Transferable skills will include laboratory skills, recording and communication of results and progress, collaborative work, team work, scientific literature searches and safety.

Small scale, general chemistry / biochemistry laboratory equipment for early stage R&D. Low hazard, in vitro experiments using small quantities of materials. Use of electrical test equipment for measurement of biosensor devices (training given)

By end of placement – introduction to biosensors area, broadened lab skills, increased technology awareness. 



  • Minimum BSc Chemistry Or Biochemistry
  • Interest in working in a cross discipline field e.g. biosensors
  • Laboratory Skills
  • Team-orientated, personable, attention to detail, well organised
  • MS Office - Word, Excel


  • SciFinder
  • Industrial experience a chemical area
  • Working knowledge of protein chemistry / bio conjugates / biosensors
  • Scientifically curious and willing to learn
  • Enthusiasm for new technology areas

Relevant Disciplines

GRADUATES only: BSc / MChem chemistry or biochemistry degree

Additional Information 

Please ensure that you are willing and able to live within commutable distance of the company site before applying. This placement is located in Macclesfield, Cheshire. Cogent Life Science Placements Service are managing the recruitment for this internship at our client's request, therefore we ask that applications are made through our website please. 

The Royal Society of Chemistry is the world’s leading chemistry community, advancing excellence in the chemical sciences. 54, 000 members and a worldwide knowledge business that spans the globe, it is the UK’s professional body for chemical scientists; a not-for-profit organisation with 175 years of history and an international vision for the future. The Royal Society of Chemistry as part of its small companies programme, EnterprisePlus ( has granted a small number of companies funding for internships for those already graduated including those returning to work. You will need to be a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry by the time you take up the internship and can join here

If you have an gross income (before tax) income below £26,000 you can access a 50% discount below per annum

Membership also include significant career support including face to face or telephone career consultations                  

Interviews will be held at BioHub,  Alderley Park or via Skype