Scientist - Biosensor Development - Royal Society of Chemistry Internship

Alderley Edge, Cheshire
£16,000 pro rata
29 Oct 2018
30 Nov 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Placement title: Scientist - Biosensor Development - Royal Society of Chemistry internship

Length of placement: 3 months, full time 

Location: Alderley Park, Cheshire, SK10 4TG

Working hours: 9:00-17:00 Monday -Friday

Start date: December 2018 to January 2019 (Start date is flexible)

Salary and holiday allowance: £16,000 pro rata (£4,000 for the 3 month internship, with 6 days holidays not including bank holidays)

Closing date for application: 30th November 2018 (noon)

NeuDrive - Internship

NeuDrive ( is working with its collaborators to develop applications in the health and life science market using biosensors based on its patented, Organic Thin Film Transistor (OTFT) technology.

NeuDrive’s R&D is conducted by a multi-disciplinary team of scientists including chemists, chemical biologists, physicists and engineers.

In this laboratory based role, the intern will work closely with our biosensor R&D team focusing on the investigation and development of the chemistry aspects of a proprietary biosensor platform based on transistor 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. This internship is funded by the Royal Society of Chemistry Internship Grant Scheme.

Job description and duties

The intern will:

  • Develop protocols for the functionalisation of electrodes with a range of chemical reagents
  • Test chemical linker/ bioconjugation techniques for the immobilisation of biomolecules to electrode surfaces
  • Carry out extensive laboratory work to test new experimental protocols
  • Characterise sensor performance using electrochemical techniques
  • Document all data in a clear, organised and comprehensive manner 
  • Present findings at company meetings
  • Contribute in group technical meetings
  • Adhere to company policies on safety requirements 

Full technical training will be provided in the handling of materials, lab safety and the testing of the biosensor devices.

Skills and experience

This role is suitable for university graduates and postgraduates that have graduated within the last three (3) calendar years, or an individual who is returning from a career break.

The ideal candidate will have/be:

  • Minimum BSc chemistry or biochemistry (essential)
  • MChem and PhD also suitable.
  • Interested in working in a cross-discipline field e.g. biosensors  
  • Experience working in laboratory (industrial or academic)  
  • Team-orientated and personable with an attention to detail
  • Scientifically curious and enthusiastic to learn.

Any of the following skills would be plus: 

  • Industrial experience in a chemical area.
  • Working knowledge of protein chemistry / bioconjugates / biosensors 
  • Previous experience in biosensors

Learning outcomes

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 electronics. An introduction into the organic electronics field will be provided during the course of the internship. Technical learning outcomes will include surface chemistry, biosensors, bioconjugate chemistry and organic electronic materials. Transferable skills will include laboratory skills, recording and communication of results and progress, working as team towards common goals, problem solving, independent working and scientific literature searches.

Additional Information:

For any informal enquiries, please contact Dominique Richardson (

To apply for this role, please send your CV and cover letter to Dominique Richardson (email as above). The deadline for the applications is 30th November 2018 (noon).

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