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Here at Sphere Fluidics, our aim is to combine expertise and exciting technology to help our customers reach their goals faster and more cost-effectively. None of this would be possible without our team – it’s their knowledge, commitment and enthusiasm that makes us who we are. We recognise this, and in return, offer a supportive environment that encourages employees to learn and develop. Since we are a forward-thinking company operating in a rapidly-growing industry, we help individual staff members develop and progress in their careers. We offer our employees exciting projects, excellent training, and an attractive compensation package including employee share options, a Workplace Pension Scheme, life insurance and performance-related annual salary increases. We strongly believe that collaboration drives innovation, and as such, our goal is to build teams of people with a shared passion for integrating cell biology, microfluidics and leading-edge engineering into innovative solutions. If you think this sounds like you, then please see below for current job opportunities.

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Current Employment Opportunities at Sphere Fluidics

Job Title: Group Leader, (Physics and Engineering Group) 

Closing date for applications: 04/01/19 
Location of job: Cambridge (UK)

Sphere Fluidics Limited is an established Life Sciences company, which is developing new instrumentation systems for biological drug discovery. Due to company growth, we are now looking for a talented Group Leader with proven experience in the development of complex instrumentation hardware.

The candidate will have a relevant degree (e.g. BEng, PhD in Physics or Engineering) and significant technical background gained through working in industry. Experience in design, construction, testing and product’s delivery of mechanical, optical and electronic systems and delivery of products is essential. The candidate should have proven technical ability and be able to demonstrate direct hands-on approach to problem solving. In addition the ability to manage a small team of talented hardware and software engineers is crucial. Self-motivation and a drive towards continual personal and technical improvement is essential. Previous experience working in an R&D environment through to product launch is desirable.

Salary range: £55,000-£65,000 per annum. 

Essential skills and experience:

  • 1st or a 2.1 degree in engineering or physics from a leading university.
  • Relevant industrial experience gained while employed in a leading engineering company.
  • Relevant postgraduate degree (e.g. MSc, PhD) from a leading university.
  • Solid understanding of engineering fundamentals and physical principles.
  • A background in industrial instrumentation design, construction and testing.
  • Hands-on experience with mechanical, electrical, optical and fluidic systems.
  • Competent CAD user (e.g. SolidWorks).
  • Proven ability to innovate, build, test & troubleshoot.
  • Ability to lead a small team and deliver projects with fast timescales and with strict attention to detail.
  • Ability to plan your workload and exercise good time management, juggling priorities across more than one project.
  • Flexible and self-motivated, with a passion for developing new technologies.
  • Excellent problem-solving ability.
  • Excellent verbal, documentation and communications skills.
  • Some aspects of the role are client facing. You will be required to assist our service engineers and to discuss technical aspects of projects directly with clients – with clear communications and commercial awareness.

Functional Contribution:

  • Contribute to the development and shaping of Company R&D strategy.
  • Plan and perform R&D on approved company projects.
  • Create and record new ideas that may be patentable by the Company.
  • Assist in the filing of intellectual property and any reduction to practice.
  • Proactively act as an internal consultant, champion and expert in agreed areas.
  • Develop and contribute ideas to R&D in other functions to enable a multi-disciplinary perspective and improved technology.
  • Develop technical specifications for specific products.
  • Perform due diligence on competitive science, technology and intellectual property.
  • Building of the Company R&D profile externally via publication of patents, papers and conference posters.
  • Give presentations on group or Company science/technology to science and business community.
  • Update technical know-how by regular review of the scientific literature, patent landscape and attendance at approved conferences.
  • Assistance in demonstrating Company technology to external parties.
  • Prepare and submit relevant UK and international grant applications.
  • To conform to all local and company safety rules in the laboratory and office space.

Management:

  • Manage engineers and scientists or consultants on agreed projects.
  • Generate budgets and help in the annual budgeting and planning process.
  • Contribute to recruitment and organise performance reviews for any line managed staff.
  • Attendance and contribution to regular management meetings.
  • Generation of concise, professional reports on an agreed basis (e.g. monthly).
  • Maintain excellent personal and social relationships with other Sphere personnel, other Third Parties including (potential) clients and service providers.
  • Effective liaison with Company Sales & Marketing personnel to help generate marketing and promotional materials.
  • Professional contribution to management of multidisciplinary programs using project management or a Core Team Leader Model.

In addition, we will favour candidates with skills such as:

  • Experience of working within quality control systems such as ISO 9001:2015.

The successful candidate will work in a multi-disciplinary team and should be enthusiastic with excellent team-working and communication skills. If interested, please e-mail your CV to Human.Resources@spherefluidics.com and include the title of your target position e.g. “Group Leader, Physics and Engineering” in the title.

All Sphere Fluidics employees are given an employment package including: competitive salary; employee share options; 4 x life insurance and are auto enrolled into an Aviva Pension Scheme. Each employee is also encouraged to develop an annual development plan, including SMART objectives and training needs, as part of their career development. The position will be based in or around Cambridge, UK.

The closing date for application for this position is 4th January 2019.

 

Job Title: Associate Engineer / Engineer 
(Physics and Engineering Group)

Closing date for applications: 30th November 2018 
Location of job: Cambridge, UK 
Salary range: £25,000-£35,000 per annum.

Sphere Fluidics Limited is an established Life Sciences company, which is developing new instrumentation systems for the biopharma industry. Due to company growth, we are now looking for talented individuals to join our Engineering team.

We are looking to recruit an associate engineer / engineer with an interest in the development and maintenance of laboratory instrumentation hardware. The candidate will have a relevant degree (e.g. HND, BEng) and/or equivalent technical background (gained through study, apprenticeship, working in industry, etc.) in engineering, physics or a related area. A firm knowledge of the fundamentals in your area of experience is required. Experience in construction and testing of mechanical and electronic equipment is essential. You should have a strong interest in technology and be able to demonstrate a direct hands-on approach to problem solving. Self-motivation and a drive towards continual personal and technical improvement is essential. Previous experience working in a technical or R&D environment is desirable, though not essential.

Essential skills and experience:

  • Relevant qualification in engineering discipline and/or relevant industrial experience.
  • Solid understanding of engineering fundamentals and physical principles.
  • A background in mechanical and electronics construction and testing.
  • Hands-on experience with electronic and mechanical systems.
  • Ability to design, build, test & troubleshoot – working to technical specifications, build instructions and SOPs.
  • Ability to work in a small team and get things done.
  • Strict attention to detail and appreciation of Quality.
  • Ability to plan your workload and exercise good time management.
  • Flexible and self-motivated with a passion for technology.
  • Excellent verbal, documentation and communications skills.
  • You will thrive in a multi-disciplinary environment working alongside others and show a desire to learn new skills.
  • Some aspects of the role are client facing. You will be required to assist our service engineers and to discuss technical aspects of projects directly with clients.

In addition, we will favour candidates with skills such as:

  • CAD user (e.g. PCB design software, SolidWorks).
  • Experience of working with manufacturers and suppliers.
  • Experience in the design and implementation of test jigs and fixtures.

The successful candidate will work in a multi-disciplinary team and should be enthusiastic with excellent team-working and communication skills. If interested, please e-mail your CV to Human.Resources@spherefluidics.com and include the title of your target position e.g. “Associate Engineer” in the title.

All Sphere Fluidics employees are given an employment package including: competitive salary; employee share options; life insurance and auto enrolled in to the Aviva Pension Scheme. Each employee is also encouraged to develop an annual development plan, including SMART objectives and training needs, as part of their career development. The position will be based in or around Cambridge, UK.

The closing date for applications for this position is 30th November 2018.

 

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