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Job opportunity: Analytical chemist

Based in Southampton, UK

Open to full-time and part-time working

We have a fantastic opportunity for a highly skilled and motivated analytical chemist who wishes to join a dynamic team manufacturing and developing world-leading autonomous sensing technologies.

About us:

ClearWater Sensors was founded in 2019, and develops and manufactures environmental sensors including Lab on Chip based microfluidic analysers for water chemistry analysis. Examples of applications for the sensing technologies include measurements of nutrients or pH on autonomous underwater vehicles. ClearWater Sensors licensed IP from the University of Southampton and the National Oceanography Centre in 2020 and within 10 months had delivered first product to customers. The team has since seen further sales with strong growth and has benefitted from three research/innovation grants that have expanded our product range and enabled improvements. 

About you:

You are a talented and adaptable professional analytical chemist who is also able to:

  1. use structured hypothesis-driven analytical problem solving for complex analytical devices (sensors and analysers);
  2. develop and optimise analytical methods and high-quality calibration procedures;
  3. optimise the analytical and data quality of chemical sensors deployed in the field;
  4. assist with assembly manufacture and calibration of products and otherwise support the success of the company. The candidate will get the best from the role if they are willing to work in collaboratively in multidisciplinary team including in areas outside their current experience

Essential skills & experience:

You will have a degree in chemistry or a closely related discipline (PhD or Masters), or have significant experience working as an analytical chemist.

You will be able to provide expert technical skills the following areas: 

  1. Analytical chemistry and analytical problem solving applied to sensors, analytical devices, calibration methods and benchmarking vs conventional methods / gold standards. 
  2. Environmental chemistry for nutrients, the carbonate system, metals and other priority measurements. 
  3. Development of new and optimised analytical chemistry approaches including in the development of new products.

Desirable skills and experience

It would be advantageous to have expertise in several of the following areas. 

  1. Nutrient chemistry with colourimetric assays 
  2. The metrology of the carbonate system
  3. Analytical and calibration system development 
  4. In situ chemical sensors and analyser design, optimisation and deployment 
  5. Complex multidisciplinary systems test, fault-finding and remedy 


Salary and benefits depend on experience (guide salary £35-45K).


To apply, please send a CV and cover letter (addressed to Paul Wilkinson) to