Product Development Scientist/Engineer
Polytec 3 reviews - Royston

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Job Role:
Working within a multi disciplinary team, providing the biochemical engineering input on a number of projects, primarily involving the development of small-scale bioreactor systems.

Job Purpose:
The development and testing of new technologies and new automated systems, particularly around bio-processing and tissue engineering/regenerative medicine

To lead the biochemical engineering development content of complex automated systems.

To work within teams of mechanical, electrical, software engineers, business development and technology experts to ensure that the system design meets the essential requirements for commercial success.

To contribute towards the production engineering and cost reduction of existing and emerging products and ensure the designs meet the requirements for a successful product release.

Key Job Accountabilities:
To provide a lead in the biochemical engineering design and development on new and existing products

To arrange, participate in, or facilitate design reviews with peers and others

Experiment planning (the design of new experiments and test procedures), experiment execution and analysis of results

Sourcing and preparation of materials for testing the company’s new technologies and automated systems

Culture of mammalian and microbial cells, and running biochemical assays

Preparation of data and reports

Visits to partner sites to collaborate with partner researchers and to conduct trials

To ensure that cost and quality targets are achieved within agreed timescales

To ensure an effective hand over to the products group and a successful production release

Education/Qualifications/Special Training

PhD or equivalent experience in Chemical/Biochemical/Biological Engineering


Candidates are likely to have some experience of successfully developing complex systems / scientific instruments for low to medium volume manufacture (from one offs to up to 100 units a year)

Core competencies should be:
cell culture in bioreactors, with mammalian and/or microbial cells

experiment design, execution and analysis

culture of mammalian cells and general aseptic handling techniques

systems engineering (some experience of prototyping systems containing hardware, electronics and software for lifescience / biological / laboratory based applications).

team and project working in a multi-disciplinary environment

Key Job Skills: Essential

Excellent biochemical engineering skills

Awareness of latest biochemical engineering tools and techniques

Mammalian/insect cell, and/or micro-organism culture

Ability to focus analytically on technical detail

Ability to plan project work and meet deadlines

Strong interpersonal and communication skills, in particular the preparation and delivery of appropriate level technical reports, manuals, presentations.


Product engineering and documentation

Instrumentation development experience

Automation development experience

Behavioural Skills: Essential

Creative thinking

Logical problem solving and analytical skills

Able to work both independently and as part of a team

‘Can do’ attitude

Customer interfacing skills

Commercial awareness


Positive disposition

Able to work under pressure

Highly practical

About this company
3 reviews
Polytec is a global corporation with facilities in Asia, North America and Europe. With a reputation for innovative products, outstanding...