Posted 3 months ago

We are actively seeking a Principal Analytical Chemist who has extensive expertise in driving method development in polymer chemistry. Practical experience working with genetic materials would be an advantage. This lab-based role will focus initially on establishing methods for quantifying polymers and genetic materials loaded in polymeric particles, requiring expertise in techniques including HPLC, spectroscopy and fluorometry. The successful candidate will have excellent interpersonal skills and work closely and effectively with members of the Chemistry and Formulation Teams. The candidate should be a critical thinker with a deep understanding of current advances in relevant analytical techniques and have a demonstrable working knowledge of regulatory requirements for innovative drug delivery technology. ViaNautis is a rapidly growing biotech company, and it is anticipated that the successful candidate will have the opportunity to establish and lead an analytical team in due course.

Essential Knowledge/Experience:

  • A background in polymer Chemistry combined with extensive expertise in Chromatography and spectroscopy or other analytical methodologies utilized to quantify genetic material loaded inside polymeric particles.
  • Proficiency in HPLC analytical method development, including reversed phase, ion exchange, affinity, and size exclusion chromatography
  • Excellent demonstrable problem-solving skills
  • Excellent communication skills for presenting analytical data to non-expert audiences
  • Working effectively in a fast-paced, goal-orientated, and cross functional environment

Desirable Skills:

  • Familiarity with Agilent HPLC systems and OpenLab Chromatography software is an advantage
  • Experience working with novel technologies in a Biotech environment.


  • PhD in Chemistry or related scientific discipline with significant experience working in a pharmaceutical or biotech environment.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop HPLC and/or spectroscopy methods for quantifying payloads (genetic materials) inside polymeric particles
  • Collaborate with formulation scientists and polymer chemists and provide QC checks for drug delivery formulations
  • Writing scientific protocols and SOPs and high-quality lab notebook documentation, and ability to write thorough scientific reports
  • Troubleshooting and maintenance of HPLC instrument
  • Proactively plan and execute analytic activities across multiple projects within set timelines Planning your own work and prioritizing as necessary with the minimum level of supervision
  • Able to step in and learn new techniques to support projects
  • To keep project leads informed of work progress in a timely fashion.
  • To proactively support other laboratory scientists.
  • Demonstrates excellent interpersonal and communication skills


  • Competitive salary based on experience
  • Performance-related bonuses
  • Company pension scheme
  • Opportunities for career progression and professional development

If you feel you have the required skills and experience for this full-time role and would like to know more about what it is like to be part of the ViaNautis team, please send your CV and a covering letter to

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