Postdoctoral Research Associate at Vital Signs Solutions

We are looking for a highly-motivated, energetic, creative self-starting individual to support the development of our smartphone-enabled preventative healthcare solution. Candidates should be experienced in working in wet-lab environments and be able to perform experiments and analyse and interpret results independently. Experience working with microfluidics (e.g. 3d printing, chip optimisation, prototyping, scale-up manufacturing) would be a definite plus.

Our chosen candidate will form part of the team responsible for building a full prototype of our digital medical device PocDocTM. PocDocTM aims to empower individuals to prevent lifestyle diseases through blood risk factor measurement by giving every adult affordable access to real-time results for disease risk factors on their phones. R&D at Vital Signs Solutions integrates chemistry, microfluidic design and engineering, software development and computer science. The ideal candidate would be comfortable working across disciplines as part of our multi-disciplinary project team.

Vital Signs Solutions, is an early-stage, venture-backed startup and we believe many of the major global health problems can only be overcome by innovative, digital solutions that empower individuals to lead healthier lives.

We believe that individuals should be provided with better, more transparent access to their own biological information and have access to an ecosystem that supports positive change.

We aim to deliver solutions that fulfil these objectives at a cost to the consumer (or healthcare provider) which allows for mass-market adoption.

Our founding team has over 30 years of experience in point of care diagnostics, consumer technology and healthcare.

Responsibilities of the research assistant will include:
- Device development; specifically:
o On-chip separation of whole blood into blood plasma
o Development and optimisation of biomarker assays
o Microfluidics and the development of physical microchip
o Integration of biomarkers into PocDocTM
o Optimisation with software (working with our software developer)
o Prototype scaling/testing
- Lab management
o Ordering of consumables
o Maintaining inventory in lab
o Maintenance of a clean safe working environment in accordance of GLP
- Scientific contributor
o Analyzing and presenting data and results internally at R&D meetings
o Presenting results and performing demonstrations to partners, clients and investors

Eligibility Criteria
- PhD in one of the following areas: chemistry, materials science, engineering or physical sciences

Skills / experience
- Experience of working in a wet-lab environment
- Experience of working as part of a multi-disciplinary project team
- Experience in microfluidics / microfabrication development a plus
- Experience in diagnostic prototype production a plus
- Demonstrated ability at effectively communicating and presenting results upwards
- Demonstrated ability at writing scientific articles
- Excellent communication skills (verbal and written)
- Plans and executes projects meeting project deadlines
- Willingness to learn new skills and methods
- Self-starter with problem solving mentality

Application Instructions: 

To apply, please send (by e-mail) a cover letter demonstrating your suitability for this position, a detailed CV and the names and contact details of two academic referees to info@vitalsignssolutions.com

The closing date for applications is July 15th, 2019.
Interviews will be held from mid-July onwards and the successful applicant will be expected to take up the position no later than 1st September 2019.

Application Closing Date: 
15 July