Bioengineer / Biomedical Engineer (KTP Associate)

University of Derby

Job details


College of Science and Engineering

Responsible to

KTP Academic Supervisor


Acme Pharma Ltd, Unit 8, Blenhiem Court, Brownfields, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, AL7 1AD


£30,000 per annum

Closing date

Sunday 7 January 2024

Contract type

Fixed term contract 24 months

Post type




About the role

University of Derby’s College of Science & Engineering in partnership with Acme Pharma Ltd are offering an exciting career-development opportunity to manage and deliver a challenging strategic Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project. Based at Acme Pharma’s premises in Welwyn Garden City, you will be employed by the University as a KTP Associate but work under the terms and conditions of the company.

Using your knowledge and skills to support the business and achieve specific project aims, you will receive on-going support from an Acme Pharma Supervisor, Academic Supervisor and an Academic Lead from the University of Derby to help you deliver. A personal training and development budget will also be available for you to access, as well as receiving access to the same training opportunities and facilities as University staff.

This is a dynamic role that presents an opportunity to lead a new project—PULSE. PULSE is an innovative, non-invasive, continuous blood glucose (BGL) and blood cholesterol (BCL) monitoring system. You will guide the project from its conceptual stages through to clinical trials and the development of a working Minimum Viable Product (MVP).

The role is mainly based at Acme Pharma Limited facilities, with visits to the University of Derby and some remote work.

For further information and informal enquiries regarding the role, please contact Professor Farid Meziane, Head of data Science research Centre- Computing – [email protected]  or Dr Amar Bousbaine, Associate Professor in Engineering – [email protected]   

For enquiries regarding your application and for sponsorship eligibility, please contact the recruitment team via [email protected]  

Principal accountabilities

  • Lead and manage the PULSE project from concept to working MVP and clinical trials.
  • Coordinate between the University of Derby research teams and Acme Pharma Limited’s development and manufacturing units.
  • Implement Artificial Intelligence algorithms for lifestyle adaptation features.
  • Perform rigorous testing to ensure the device meets clinical standards and has the best Mean Absolute Relative Difference (MARD) in the market.
  • Prepare reports, documentations, and provide regular updates to both the academic and corporate stakeholders.
  • Assist in pitching the product to potential investors.
  • Continuous Learning: Willingness to stay updated with the latest advancements in the field of infrared sensors and glucose monitoring.
  • Work with Acme Pharma Ltd and academic team to integrate the project into a business platform, for non-invasive device to monitor BGL and BCL, in support of the company’s future plans.
  • To carry out work in a professional manner and engage in tasks and training as required by the Acme Pharma Ltd, University of Derby, and Innovate UK.
  • Person specification
    Essential Criteria

    • Honours Degree in Biomedical Engineering, Biophysics, Computer Science, or a related field.
    • MSc in areas like Photonics, Optoelectronics, Bioengineering, Analytical Chemistry, or a related field.


    • Infrared Spectroscopy Knowledge: An understanding of the principles and applications of infrared spectroscopy.
    • Biosensor Development: Experience in designing, fabricating, and testing biosensors.
    • Coding experience with a procedural language, such as Python, C/C++, Java.
    • Knowledge of usage of certain equipment such the use of advanced PCB manufacturing and assembly and 3D printing.
    • Data Analysis: Proficiency in software tools to interpret IR spectra and translate it to meaningful data, especially blood glucose levels.
    • Microfabrication: Knowledge of microfabrication techniques

    Skills, knowledge & abilities

    • Physiology & Biochemistry: Understanding of blood composition and glucose metabolism to ensure the sensor’s specificity and sensitivity.
    • Regulatory Knowledge: Familiarity with medical device regulations, standards, and clinical testing, especially if the biosensor is meant for commercial application.
    • Strong background in medical device development and manufacturing.
    • Proficiency in Artificial Intelligence and machine learning algorithms.
    • Excellent project management skills
    • Proven ability to lead multidisciplinary teams.
    • Exceptional communication skills, both verbal and written.
    • Knowledge or Experience with clinical trial processes
    • Ability to work to deadlines.
    • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

    Business requirements

    • Ability to manage own academic research and associated activities, and to lead projects.
    • Willingness to work flexibly and be responsive to projects needs and partners expectations.
    • Willingness and flexibility to travel and work between University and external sites (across the UK and internationally) in a cost effective and timely manner.
    • Understanding of workplace values in line with Acme Pharma Values.

    Desirable Criteria

    • PhD in Photonics, Optoelectronics, Bioengineering, or Analytical Chemistry.


    • Worked on project related to health and biomedical applications.
    • Published conference and journal papers.

    Skills, knowledge and abilities

    • Project management skills.
    • Implementation and validation of Machine learning models


    Whilst you will be employed by University of Derby, your terms and conditions will be that of Acme Pharma Ltd.

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    Important information

    Please note that unfortunately, this role will not attract sufficient points to obtain a sponsored Skilled Worker visa under the UK Visas & Immigration points based immigration system; however, applications are welcome from candidates who do not currently have the right to work in the UK, but who would be eligible to obtain a valid visa via another route..

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