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Head of Research & Development (R&D)

AS/ 234877
Biochemistry, Clinical Research, Diagnostics (in vitro), In vitro Diagnostics, Research and Development
Salary negotiable
Compensation (including equity) commensurate with experience
Contract Type:


Scintillant specialises in the recruitment of high quality candidates in the Life Sciences sector. We have an excellent opportunity for a Head of Research & Development person to join a British & Danish Diagnostics organisation.

The primary responsibility of the Head of R&D is to coordinate all scientific activities needed to transition a laboratory-developed test (LDT) to a point-of-care diagnostic. The current project addresses an acute unmet clinical need and the know-how gained will be applied to other business opportunities. The role includes the management of scientific method optimisation using both in-house FTIR vibrational spectroscopy experimental protocols and external contract laboratories/consultants over entire product lifecycles. The success of this role is tantamount to a successful commercialisation pathway which encompasses clinical trials, hardware/software development, machine learning, and regulatory compliance.

Head of Research & Development’s Main Duties:

  • Building a team of scientists/technicians
  • Managing activities of external contract laboratory and consultants
  • Optimising a laboratory method which includes sample preparation, FTIR measurements, reference data analysis and chemometric data analysis
  • Performing all work in accordance with company quality assurance procedures and GLP
  • Liaising with specialised engineering consultancy and strategic suppliers
  • Supporting multi-phase clinical trials for method refinement and point-of-care medical diagnostics development
  • Project planning, experimental and protocol design

Head of Research & Development’s Education/Qualifications:

  • PhD in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Chemical engineering, or equivalent
  • Six years’ scientific management experience in a commercial medical diagnostics or pharmaceutical organisation
  • Proven laboratory management skills
  • Quantitative analysis of laboratory data
  • GLP and/or GMP experience and QC
  • Experience in assay development, validation, and delivery
  • Experience of working with commercial method development and prototype optimisation
  • Excellent oral and written English communication skills

Head of Research & Development’s Preferred Qualifications

  • Scientific support of clinical trials
  • Experience in FTIR and Mass Spectrometry analysis
  • Highly numerate, knowledge of Chemometric methods
  • Engineering/technical hardware and software skills
  • Understanding of data science algorithms

Additional Details

The Company is highly innovative, breaking new ground in diagnostics and clinical care. This is an opportunity to be part of an expert multidisciplinary team and an experienced commercial team. The company is in the advanced stages of clinical development, offering an opportunity to experience the exciting transition from the lab into the clinic.