We wish to recruit a PhD-level biologist to take up the role of Scientist at Chelsea Technologies. The role is to work alongside the Principal Scientist (Dr Kevin Oxborough) in development of active fluorometer systems for monitoring phytoplankton physiology, with particular reference to primary productivity. Initially, the main focus of the job will be to assist in the development of robust protocols for running autonomous fluorometer systems and improving real time data analysis and post-processing of archived data. This will involve a lot of experimental work and, consequently, the job requires good laboratory as well as analytical skills. It is expected that this work will generate peer-reviewed publications with the successful candidate as a co-author. There will almost certainly be opportunities to attend research cruises.

A high proportion of the work will relate directly to two externally funded projects which are both managed by Dr Oxborough. The first project is called STAFES-APP (Single Turnover Active Fluorometry for Enclosed Samples – for Assessment of Primary Productivity) and is funded by NERC as part of the OCEANIDS programme ( Chelsea Technologies existing LabSTAF product arose from this project and a deployable version is currently under development. The second project, which is just starting, is part of the EC-funded TechOceanS programme and is focused on the development of smaller, simpler and lower cost active fluorometers for deployment on small autonomous platforms such as the Argo Float and Sea Glider. This project will provide valuable experience of working alongside programmers, electronics engineers and mechanical engineers in the development of new sensors.

It is anticipated that the successful candidate will have a strong record of experimental work in a biological field.

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Our offices are in West Molesey, Surrey, and regular attendance in the office is a requirement for this role. Currently, the company is enforcing special measures due to COVID-19 and remote working will be facilitated until these measures are lifted.


Along with a competitive salary, Chelsea offers a quality pension Scheme, life assurance and 25 days annual leave plus public holidays.


The role is normally 37.5 hours Monday – Friday 8am-9am – 4pm-5pm with our ‘flexi-hour’ start and finish options and 30 minutes for lunch.

Security Clearance

Chelsea Technologies undertakes defence contracting work and therefore candidates must be suitable for SC security clearance with the UK Ministry of Defence.
Nationality – Please be aware that this role may be subject to security restrictions. This means that factors including your nationality, any previous nationalities held, and/or your place of birth may limit the role that you can perform for the organisation


How to apply

Please apply by sending a copy of your CV and a covering letter,  detailing how you meet the above criteria, to using the subject line SCIENTIST APPLICATION  plus your name. Please include details of salary expectation.

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