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Research Physical Scientist, Physicist

Gnosys Global is seeking a Research Physical Scientist to plan and execute scientific and materials research and development projects which are coupled with optical, spectroscopic, thermal sensing, imaging and “big data” innovations.

Contract: Permanent, Full time

Initial salary: £31,000 - £35,500, dependent on experience

Gnosys Global is seeking a Research Physical Scientist to plan and execute scientific and materials research & development projects which are coupled with optical, spectroscopic, thermal sensing, imaging and “big data” innovations. These will primarily be in the fields of polymers and dielectrics applied within network systems in the energy and utilities industries, ranging from assessment in service, including materials and component condition assessment and monitoring, to novel manufacturing processes and joining processes with an emphasis on modelling and simulation of the resulting engineering applications.

Gnosys Global Ltd. is a small research and development enterprise located on the Surrey Research Park in Guildford, UK. Gnosys’ staff currently include project scientists active in advanced materials research and development, in-situ inspections and condition assessment, intelligent sensors (including drone technology) and resilient networks where the activities are directed toward solutions for strategic challenges of energy and utility networks.


Project planning and execution (~75%)

  • Implementing, scaling and progressing R&D projects, strategies and bids for defined timescale projects.
  • Fulfilling planned activities to a defined schedule and cost within Gnosys capabilities and safety policy and where appropriate in partnership with others.
  • Continuous assessment of projects using formal methods with adaptation as required.
  • Construction of project and client reports to meet Gnosys quality standards and the demands of the project and clients be they internal or external.
  • Project management activities, including procurement, patent landscape assessment, risk and regulation monitoring, third party facility arrangement, meeting organisation and relationship building and management with academic and industrial partners.
  • Recording project activity and partner feedback to Gnosys ISO quality standards with the security required for commercially sensitive assignments.

Future activity development (~20%)

  • Technical contribution to proposal development for Gnosys’ future public and client projects at development levels from feasibility studies, prototyping and full scale development.
  • Contribution to continuous development of Gnosys’ sensing and measurement innovation portfolio
  • Opportunity assessment through targeted literature monitoring and networking.
  • Support to Gnosys bidding and proposal process
  • Dissemination of Gnosys’ developments at conferences and industry events
  • Formation of future partnerships through targeted networking.

Laboratory and facility management (~5%)

  • Maintaining function of laboratory, facilities and site measurement equipment to the quality standards required for ISO certification.
  • Participation in laboratory and software inventory management.
  • Participation in health and safety policy development, oversight and enforcement.

Applicant Profile:

The successful applicant will have the following qualifications and skills:


  • A PhD in a physical science or engineering subject involving some aspects of: optical/spectroscopic analysis for materials characterisation, instrument and sensor development in this space, finite element analysis modelling of structures including mechanical, electromagnetic, thermal modelling; or a Masters’ degree with four or more years of experience in an industrial laboratory leading development projects focused on at least one of the above disciplines.
  • Strong data handling and storage skills to add value to analysis results obtained with account for commercial sensitivity;
  • Advanced knowledge and practical experience of spectroscopic techniques and the operation of standard laboratory equipment, as well as the capacity to develop new protocols, sensors and devices;
  • Aptitude and strong interest in modelling using multi-physics tools e.g. COMSOL.
  • A strong demonstrable appreciation and understanding of health and safety requirements and safe working practices;
  • Proficiency in analysis and reporting software, as well as the capacity to gain proficiency in other software as required;
  • A track record of communication of research and innovation processes and outcomes to expert and non-expert audiences;
  • Ability to communicate strategies, results and their interpretation, protocols and technical issues accurately to clients, colleagues, partners and contractors using a high standard of spoken and written English;
  • Ability to provide instruction in relevant procedures and to participate in experimental design;
  • Strong self-motivation and time-management skills to independently organise and appropriately prioritise multi-strand working;
  • Flexibility to work in parallel on a variety of tasks and to coordinate activities across multiple locations when required.


  • Experience as a designated project technical lead or project manager in an academic or industrial setting;
  • Experience of coordinating multi-partner collaborative activity;
  • Experience of patent landscaping or patentability assessment for development of exploitation pathways;
  • A track record of written communication of research and innovation outcomes in addition to that required for qualifications attained, through authorship of journal articles and/or project reports, or inventorship of patents;
  • Experience of laboratory management involving equipment maintenance, procurement and inventory;
  • Experience and competence in chemometrics;


Application Process

  • CV and covering letter to: or
    Recruitment, Gnosys Global Ltd., 17-18 Frederick Sanger Road, The Surrey Research Park, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7YD, UK;
    Clearly indicate if you do not yet have the right to work in the UK.
  • Closing date: 24th November 2017:
  • Short list: by 1st December 2017

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