Senior Research Scientist in Molecular Diagnostics, Prenetics Innovation Technology Centre

Job description and selection criteria

Job title

Senior Research Scientists


Prenetics Innovation Technology Centre in Molecular Diagnostics-OSCAR

Reporting to

Professor Wei Huang and Professor Zhanfeng Cui


Salary Range

A competitive remuneration package


Full timepart time for special cases



Contract type

Fixed-term (3 years), with the possibility of further extension

Start date

1stJuly 2021

Application closing date

31st May 2021

Vacancy reference


The role

The  ITC for molecular diagnostics is the first Innovation and Technology Centre in OSCAR. The ITC for molecular diagnostics is co-led by Prof. Wei Huang and Prof. Zhanfeng Cui, aiming at developing rapid, portable and easy-use diagnostic tools for medicine, environment and food safety. ITC will create an interface platform of biology and engineering, building upon our advanced science and technology on novel nucleic acid amplification, biosensors and antigen/antibody interactions, microfluidic device, and single cell Raman phenotypic profiling. The research scientist in ITC will be working on development of diagnostic kits for rapid detection of infectious diseases, cancer, environmental pollutants or food additives, etc. and validation of the reagents using clinical samples.  The center is co-funded by Prenetics, it is expected the researchers in the Prenetics ITC will spend a certain time a year at the University of Oxford, UK, to conduct the collaborative research.

Areas of Research

OSCAR is recruiting talented and motivated researchers with experience in at least one of the following:

  • Clinical microbiology/virology
  • Molecular biology
  • Bioinformatics
  • Immunology/lateral flow test
  • Lab-on-a-chip/microfluidics
  • Biochemistry/enzymology
  • Medical device design and prototyping
  • IVD Regulatory affairs



 Conduct research activities as agreed with the PIs and senior members of the centre

  • Maintain records of experiments and research data
  • Write scientific papers and technical reports
  • Liaison with funders and potential users
  • Present to external collaborators and to conferences
  • Supervise Research Engineers
  • Prepare grant applications
  • Supervise team members

Selection criteria


  • PhD or equivalent in the specified discipline
  • Strong track records in the relevant research areas
  • Good English in speaking and writing
  • Postdoctoral research experience or equivalent research experience
  • Strong publication record and/or innovation track record
  • Good management and presentation skills
  • Experience in supervision


  • Relevant industrial experience
  • Team player and good interpersonal skills
  • Ability to travel in and outside China

Guidance for Applicants

Before applying: 

Please read the job description and selection criteria carefully to determine whether you have the required skills, knowledge, and experience for the advertised role. Please DO NOT apply for the posts which are currently unavailable. We typically receive many applications for each post, so your cover letter should be used to show how you meet the essential and desirable criteria in order to be shortlisted for interview.

How to apply:

Send your application to

  1. Email subject should be the title of the post
  2. Attach a cover letter, together with a CV and names of three referees

 For informal inquiry, please contact the Prenetics ITC Director, Prof Wei E Huang at

After applying:

The information you supply on your application will be provided to a selection panel, who will use it to assess your suitability for the post against the published selection criteria. You may be contacted via e-mail at any date regarding your application.

Your information is held securely in a database owned by OSCAR. The data will not be passed to external organisations or individuals other than those acting in a capacity as agents for OSCAR for software support purposes, or where an external body is party to the recruitment process.

Thank you for your interest in applying for a post at OSCAR.

Recruitment Office

Oxford Suzhou Centre for Advanced Research