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Biochemistry Research Scientist

Farnborough, UK
Posting live until
27 Apr 2024

Job Details

Location: Farnborough

Package: Highly Competitive Salary + Benefits Package

Role Type: Full time / Permanent or Fixed Term Contract

Role ID: SF15931

Be part of the QinetiQ journey. Join us as a Biochemistry Research Scientist at our Farnborough site where you will have the opportunity to work with cutting-edge technology and many of the industry’s most brilliant minds.

The role:

As a Biochemistry Research Scientist, you will have a role that is out of the ordinary and will be responsible for conducting research and development on a range of synthetic biology programmes, and will use your biochemical expertise to provide theoretical and practical inputs across the whole Engineering Biology portfolio. This will offer you a variety of multidisciplinary programmes across a broad spectrum of topic areas within the Functional Materials domain.

Day to day responsibilities:

  • Leading and contributing to project delivery, mainly through practical laboratory work;
  • Being accountable for managing your own time and progress in order to meet agreed goals and deadlines;
  • Supporting proposal and bid development;
  • Interfacing with customers;
  • Training colleagues on request;
  • Writing risk assessments for individual experiments;
  • Being responsible for maintaining up-to-date chemical audits of the laboratory. This will involve co-ordinating the team to check that all required chemical paperwork is in place and all chemicals within the laboratory have been logged.

This is a full time, permanent, hybrid role.

Essential experience of the Biochemistry Research Scientist:

  • Demonstrated ability to work with a variety of organism types and/or microbial strains;
  • Background (theoretical and/or practical) in advanced materials and/or device fabrication;
  • Experience of working in industry and/or with industrial partners and/or with external collaborators/ stakeholders;
  • Evidence of working with multidisciplinary teams involving synthetic biology;
  • Experience of commercialising research.

Technical experience in any of: 

  • Robotic/automation systems, Bioinformatics, Coding, Proven proposal writing skills e.g. for external bids, grants etc.

Qualifications for the Biochemistry Research Scientist:

  • PhD in a relevant subject such as synthetic biology/ biochemistry;
  • Demonstrated technical skills in protein biochemistry including recombinant protein expression and purification e.g. using chromatography (affinity, size exclusion etc.);
  • Experience in fundamental synthetic biology techniques e.g. PCR, gel electrophoresis, gene cloning, mutagenesis etc.;
  • Experience of characterisation techniques such as mass spectrometry, NMR, circular dichroism, SAXS, SANS, SEM, X-ray crystallography, confocal microscopy etc.


We value difference and we don’t have a fixed idea when it comes to background or education, provided you can show the required level of experience and willingness to learn then we would like to hear from you.

Please note that all applicants must be eligible for SC clearance, as a minimum.

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Why join QinetiQ?

As we continue to grow into new markets around the world, there’s never been a more exciting time to join QinetiQ. The formula for success is our appetite for innovation and having the courage to take on a wide variety of complex challenges.

You’ll experience a unique working environment where teams from different backgrounds, disciplines and experience enjoy collaborating widely and openly as we undertake this exciting and rewarding journey. Through effective teamwork, and pulling together, you’ll get to experience what happens when we all share different perspectives, blend disciplines, and link technologies; constantly discovering new ways of solving complex problems in an diverse and inclusive environment where you can be authentic, feel valued and realise your full potential. Read more about our diverse and inclusive workplace culture here.  

Joining QinetiQ offers you an opportunity to work on a broad range of interesting defence-based projects with vast career progression across a global organisation in addition to competitive personal and professional benefits.  You’ll receive a highly competitive salary and benefits package: our basic salaries are very attractive as we constantly review what’s happening in the market. The range of benefits that we offer include, adaptive and flexible working, generous holiday entitlements, Health Cash Plan, Private Medical Insurance and Dental Insurance and much more. 

About QinetiQ

As a company of over 6,000 dedicated professionals, we are a world-centre of excellence in research and development and act as a catalyst for fast-track innovation, offering outstanding experimentation facilities, and technical, engineering and scientific expertise. QinetiQ is made up of dedicated experts in defence, aerospace, security and related markets, all working together to explore new ways of protecting what matters most. Being part of QinetiQ means being central to the safety and security of the world around us. Partnering with our customers, we help to save lives; reduce risks to society; and maintain the global infrastructure on which we all depend. Come and find out how you can play a role.

Please note that many roles in QinetiQ are subject to national security vetting. Applicants that already hold the appropriate level of vetting may be able to transfer it upon appointment, subject to approval. A number of roles are also subject to restrictions on access to information that mean factors such as nationality, previous nationalities held and the country in which you were born may have an effect on the roles that you can be employed in.


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QinetiQ is a company of scientists and engineers committed to listening, understanding and responding to our customers’ needs. This enables us to use our depth of experience, and our unique science and engineering expertise, to equip customers with powerful solutions to their most pressing challenges.

Why work for us
We understand that people want diversity from a career, so we’ve created a flexible working environment, where we offer opportunities to work on different projects and give people the freedom to innovate and try new things. Our peoples’ depth of expertise and their passion for defence and security makes the critical difference for our customers. We constantly encourage staff to think and do things differently, to always look for enterprising, agile ways to create real benefit. Collaborating with and learning from our world-renowned experts makes QinetiQ an exceptionally rewarding place to work; where no two days are the same.

Training and development
We encourage our people to challenge themselves, realize their full potential and to be proud to deliver outstanding performance for our customers. The QinetiQ Academy provides opportunities for further growth, and everyone are encouraged to develop technical skills and complete professional training.

Graduate schemes
Our two-year Graduate Development Programme gives graduates access to more than 250 rotational placements, unique facilities and a strong support network to help develop their career.

What we are looking for
We’re looking for outstanding technical people, creative and analytical thinkers, decision makers, influencers and excellent communicators. Working at QinetiQ is more than just a job – we’re making a difference in addressing some of society’s biggest technical challenges. Our purpose is to “save lives, protect sovereign interests, deliver where others can’t”. This is why we exist and the reason why we all get out of bed in the morning.


Number of employees

Positions recently recruited for
Physicists, optical scientists, systems engineers, software engineers, combat systems engineers, mission systems engineers, business analysts, project managers, data scientists, big data, dev ops, network, communications, training, synthetic environments and simulation engineers, cyber intelligence, cryptosecurity

Desired degree disciplines/class
Science degree or equivalent

Eligible to work in the UK or one of QinetiQ’s global businesses

How to apply

Closing date
All year round


Company info
+44 (0)1252 392000
Cody Technology Park
Ively Road
GU14 0LX

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