Careers

Work with us

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.

Current Employment Opportunities at Sphere Fluidics

Job Title: Quality and Health & Safety Coordinator

Functional Area: Operations
Closing date for applications: 20th August 2019
Location of job: Cambridge

Sphere Fluidics Limited is an established Life Sciences company, which is developing new instrumentation systems for biological drug discovery. The company is growing quickly and so we are now looking for a highly motivated Quality and Health & Safety Coordinator to support the Operations team and ensure quality and safety across the entire organisation.

Salary range: £28,000 per annum.

General Purpose

Responsible for planning, scheduling and reporting on Sphere Fluidics’ Quality and Health & Safety (H&S) activities.

Main Duties and Responsibilities
• Ensure QMS is reviewed and regularly updated in line with ISO 9001:2015.
• Plan and facilitate quarterly reviews for QMS and Health & Safety committees.
• Arrange internal and external audits for both Quality and H&S.
• Act as an escalation point for any incidents, identifying root cause and preventative/corrective actions.
• Develop a network of useful external quality and H&S advisors and regulatory bodies.
• Ensure H&S inductions for new starters is carried out promptly and accurate records maintained.
• Act as the subject matter expert (SME) for document control system, sharing knowledge and helping other teams to maximise usage
• Take ownership for quality tasks such as ensuring timely completion of CAPAs, updates to process maps and internal audits
• Act as the Quality and H&S SME for the company, advising other teams and spreading knowledge throughout the organisation
• Identify opportunities to train or upskill others to ensure a culture of compliance
• Analyse the environment and recommend opportunities to improve procedures
• Assist the wider Operations team with ad-hoc tasks as required

Education and Experience
• Previous responsibility within a Quality or H&S role essential, ideally in a Life Sciences organisation
• Previous experience of ISO 9001:2015/QMS/Risk Assessments preferred
• Minimum A-level or equivalent educational experience

Key Competencies
• Organised with excellent attention to detail
• Facilitation skills to lead effective meetings and guide conversation
• Proactive and self-sufficient
• Great communication skills and confidence to raise problems
• Great team player

All Sphere Fluidics employees are given an employment package including a competitive salary; employee share options; 4x life insurance and auto enrolled into 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.
If you are interested in applying for this role, please e-mail your CV with a one-page covering letter including “Quality and H&S Coordinator” in the title to: Human.Resources@spherefluidics.com

The closing date for applications for this position is 20th August 2019.

 

Job Title: Quality Control Technician

Functional Area: Operations
Closing date for applications: 14th August 2019
Location of job: Cambridge

Sphere Fluidics Limited is an established Life Sciences company, which is developing new instrumentation systems for biological drug discovery. The company is growing quickly and so we are now looking for a highly motivated Quality Control Technician to support the Operations team.
Salary circa: £24,000 per annum

General Purpose
Responsible for managing the testing and reporting of all Quality Control (QC) related to Sphere Fluidics’ consumables portfolio.

Main Duties and Responsibilities
• Plan and conduct QC testing of surfactant stock.
• Plan and conduct QC testing of Cyto-Cartridge® consumables.
• Prepare and share reports for individual batches and overall product performance with the rest of the business.
• Identify and help to troubleshoot themes within product performance.
• Contribute to the wider Operations group with ad-hoc tasks and projects.
• Prepare and present feedback to suppliers on raw material performance.
• Maintain and update SOPs and process flows relevant to QC.
• Support stock management by providing regular feedback on QC throughput.

Education and Experience
• Previous experience within a Quality role preferred, ideally in a Life Sciences organisation.
• Scientific background (either education or experience) is essential.
• Experience with PCR, NMR, or microscopy would be advantageous.
• Experience operating within an ISO9001:2015 environment is preferred.
• Minimum A-level or equivalent educational experience.

Key Competencies
• Organised with excellent attention to detail
• Proactive and self-sufficient
• Great communication skills
• Confidence to raise issues and work towards resolutions collaboratively
• Team oriented personality
• High personal and professional standards

All Sphere Fluidics employees are given an employment package including a competitive salary; employee share options; 4x life insurance and auto enrolled in 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.
If you are interested in applying for this role, please e-mail your CV with a one-page covering letter including “Quality Control Technician” in the title to: Human.Resources@spherefluidics.com
The closing date for applications for this position is 14th August 2019.

 

Job Title: Knowledge Transfer Partnership Associate in Microfluidic Instrument Development

Closing date for applications: 15th October 2019
Location of job: Edinburgh
Department: School of Engineering & Physical Sciences, Heriot Watt University
Category: Research
Salary: £30,000–£36,000

 

This Knowledge Transfer Partnership is a joint project between Heriot Watt University (HWU) in Edinburgh and Sphere Fluidics Limited (SFL), Cambridge, to transfer and embed research from the university into the company. For this two-year project the candidate will initially join Graeme Whyte’s research group at the Institute for Biological Chemistry, Biophysics and Bioengineering at Heriot-Watt University, for your initial introduction and training for the project (~3 months).  Within Graeme’s lab at HWU, you will have access to state-of-the-art microfabrication, microscopy and microfluidic technology, and be fully supported with world-leading expertise in those fields. This project will build on Graeme’s experience in image-based closed-loop feedback for highly monodisperse picodroplet production. The associate will then be based full time for the remainder of the project at Sphere Fluidics Limited, which is located near Cambridge.

Sphere Fluidics Limited is an established, Life Sciences company (formed in 2010) developing single cell analysis systems for high throughput screening in biologics discovery and development. It has a global presence and is currently selling its microfluidic and single cell encapsulation technologies via consumables, research instruments and integrated industrial microfluidic based platforms. The customer base includes biopharma, biotech, synthetic biology and some academic users. The novel microfluidic tools, allows complex processes to be miniaturised, scanning millions of single cells or molecules and isolating rare, valuable ones. SFL currently has 34 employees, is based near Cambridge and has over 300 international customers.

The successful candidate will work as part of a multidisciplinary team (engineering, software, chemistry and biology) to design and build a new instrument platform for semi-automated picodroplet production, this initial platform will lead on to several new commercial products. The successful applicant will learn new skills through a generous training budget and will be encouraged to attend and present their work at suitable international conferences.

Detailed Description
A ‘Knowledge Transfer Partnership’ is funded by the InnovateUK with 17 other funding organisations and enables companies of any size to access additional scientific, engineering or management knowledge and expertise from universities and research organisations and to import new techniques and technologies into their businesses. This project is for the development of a new intelligent platform for a range of picodroplet techniques to allow scientists to discover rare cell phenotypes and to help to solve a range of biological questions ranging from antibody discovery to antimicrobial resistance, enzyme evolution and synthetic biology.

This position will integrate new academic approaches to picodroplet production as a platform technology for the life sciences sector, scaling down cell-based assays, in the picolitre range, to enable high-throughput screening for the discovery of rare phenotypes. This flexible instrument will demystify picodroplet generation and make this technology available to biologists and technologists with little or no microfluidics experience in a cost-efficient manner. This Picodroplet cell encapsulation system (PISCES) project will incorporate many new features not currently available commercially. The KTP associate will be supported by the teams at both SFL and HWU.

Using bespoke, micron-scale fluidic devices and high-speed microscopy imaging, you will develop an instrument for productization of highly monodisperse picodroplet production. Other uses of this platform are envisaged as the company further improves the flexibility of its instrumentation to address a wide range of biological high throughput screening applications.

The project, with the support of both HWU and SFL, will bring together aspects of microfluidic and optical design, software, electronics, technology development and product design engineering to develop a new class of instrument for cell-based picodroplet discovery. With such a diverse skill set collectively available this position offers a great opportunity for the associate to build up many new skills across a range of cutting-edge fields.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop new microfluidic devices and technologies to productize monodisperse picodroplet production.
  • Collaborate with appropriate team members on understanding the biological requirements that the instrument needs to be able to address, both now and in the future in relation to competitive market forces.
  • Work closely with collaborators at Heriot Watt University to translate the research developments in to an alpha-prototype instrument and identify new challenges.
  • Understand the current software and engineering strategies within SFL and help develop these initiatives into a new commercial instrument.
  • Be keen to undertake appropriate training courses both given and self-taught with the appropriate support of all partnership team members.
  • Develop the research objectives towards more sophisticated instruments based on the PISCES instrument.
  • Maintain written records of research results and progress generated intellectual property and data analysis.
  • Analyse and interpret the results of own research and generate original ideas based on outcomes.
  • Build internal contacts and participate in internal networks for the exchange of information and learning both at SFL and HWU.
  • Disseminate results of research at conferences, peer reviewed journals, and/or other appropriate media.

Education and Experience

Essential Criteria

  • Applicants should hold an undergraduate degree (2:1 or 1st class) in a relevant subject area such as Physics, Engineering or Computer Science.
  • Applicants should hold a PhD in a relevant area e.g. Physics, Engineering or Computer Science or are to demonstrate a similar level of research skills obtained through industrial research position.
  • Previous experimental experience with one or more of the following: microfluidics/microdroplets, industrial machine control/automation, instrument development.
  • Must be able to work as part of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Must show good written English skills and be able to communicate both detailed technical knowledge and be able to communicate effectively with non-experts.

Desirable Criteria

  • Experience with one or more of the following: microdroplets, microfluidics, PDMS micro-fabrication, high-speed microscopy, quantitative image analysis, computer programming, instrument development.
  • Experience of working in an interdisciplinary environment and communicating with those in other fields.
  • Experience of working in or collaborating with a science or technology company.
  • Experience of the commercialisation of novel products, or product development.
  • Ability to undertake self-directed learning under supervision and think innovatively.

At Heriot-Watt University we understand that being diverse makes us better which is why we support a culture of respect and equal opportunity, and value diversity at the heart of what we do. We want to increase the diversity of our workplace to underpin a dynamic and creative environment.

The position will be based in or around Edinburgh, GB. We welcome and will consider flexible working patterns e.g. part-time working and job share options.

If you are interested in applying for this role, please register and apply via the Heriot-Watt University Online Recuitment System: https://www.hw.ac.uk/about/work/jobs/job_SVJDMjM5OTE.htm

The closing date for applications for this position is 15th October 2019.