Location: UK, (Guilford). See the Location section for exceptional candidates

Salary: £40 000 – £45 000 p.a.

Start: Immediate or flexible within 3 months.

Duration: Permanent

Region: UK

Applications are invited for people with a scientific background to join our growing team as Metabarcoding/eDNA Product Manager.

NatureMetrics is a start-up technology company working at the cutting edge of molecular biodiversity monitoring and bringing high-throughput DNA sequencing technologies to the frontline of environmental management around the world. We have grown steadily in recent years and are now expanding rapidly. We are a team of bright, enthusiastic individuals who are excited to be breaking new ground and disrupting the world of biodiversity monitoring. Our services include qPCR and metabarcoding from a range of sample types (e.g. water, soil, tissue, faeces). We provide end-to-end products, that include field sampling kits, lab analysis, data analysis and interpretation. We also contribute significantly to research in our field.

Each new Metabarcoding/eDNA Product Manager role will focus on a particular sample type/habitat in their area of expertise and will become an authority within the company for the product(s) they own. In the context of DNA-based species detection and biomonitoring, they will have in-depth knowledge of their sample type, habitat, lab processing methodologies, bioinformatic approaches, experimental design (including field study design) and the use of data generated by the products.

Product Managers will be eDNA experts with specialisations based on sample types/habitats. Applicants should have experience in one or more of the following areas –Freshwater, Marine, Faeces, Bulk Invertebrates, Biofilms, Tissue. They are responsible for overseeing the technical development and optimisation of products and for supporting the Business Development team on the marketing of those products. The role will include critically evaluating current approaches and designing and managing validation and optimisation experiments (e.g. storage methods, limitations, comparisons with other methods, continuous testing). The role will have the support of our technical teams to optimise the component processes required for their products. It may also involve writing internal and industry-facing reviews of the state of the field and emerging technologies in molecular biodiversity surveying and monitoring.

Product Managers will not be responsible for research in underlying technology (e.g. modifying our underlying qPCR or metabarcoding methods) but they will have the opportunity to contribute ideas to these research themes.

A background in biodiversity and eDNA/metabarcoding will be essential. You will be part of the New Product Development team, reporting to our Head of Products, and will work closely with the rest of the company. You will be comfortable working autonomously but must ultimately thrive as part of a team.

To apply, please submit the form below including a CV and covering letter. Please send additional enquiries about this job role to careers@naturemetrics.co.uk. If not otherwise stated, there is no fixed deadline for applications, and the position will be held open until we find the right candidate.

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Roles & Responsibilities

  • You are passionate about nature and having a positive impact on the planet.
  • Be the voice of the customer by working closely with the Business Development and Leadership teams to translate client feedback into business requirements and product features.
  • Execute the strategy within the team and in collaboration with external development partners and advisors.
  • Drive technical planning within the team to manage capacity and prioritise tasks to maximise customer and business value.
  • Define the product strategy and roadmap for new products.
  • Work with the Marketing and Business Development teams to define go-to-market strategies.
  • Evaluate current approaches and conduct/arrange experiments to optimize product lines (e.g. storage methods, limitations, comparisons with other methods, optimization of lab protocols, bioinformatic approaches).
  • Provide the Business Development team with resources such as: Sampling calendars, Study design templates, Validation and Sensitivity experiments, Attend client calls where technical expertise and support is required.
  • Undertake other commissioned work as appropriate, such as: Bespoke reports, Field sampling designs, Scientific studies, Training
  • Engage closely with our Head of Products to seek out and develop new opportunities.
  • Provide clear communication to the Leadership team on product development progress, and escalate any issues that could impact the budget, timeline, or strategic vision.
  • Ongoing engagement with the Business Development team
  • Work with our Marketing team to produce online content.
  • Maintain regular communications with the NatureMetrics team when overseas, complying with our policies and procedures at all times and upholding our standards and the core elements of our brand.

Personal Specification

Education & qualities
  • The applicant will have a PhD in a scientific field related to eDNA and metabarcoding. Equivalent experience may also be considered.
Specialist knowledge, skills & experience
  • Product Managers will have extensive knowledge of the sampling approaches, sampling habitats and sampling design for eDNA and metabarcoding studies.
  • They must have expertise in DNA/eDNA/metabarcoding in one or more of the following sample types/habitats:
    • Freshwater
    • Marine
    • Faeces
    • Tissue
    • Bulk invertebrate samples (terrestrial and/or aquatic)
    • Biofilms (including diatoms)
  • In your cover letter please detail your knowledge / expertise in the areas identified above and indicate your experience of working with various taxonomic groups (e.g. vertebrates, invertebrates, bacteria, fungi, general eukaryotes).
  • A strong background in eDNA and metabarcoding including knowledge of target genes and primers for relevant taxa, methods used for DNA capture, DNA extraction, general bioinformatics processes, ecological statistics and ecosystem health metrics
  • Interest in business and the application of science to the commercial sector is essential

It would also be an advantage to have:

  • Experience working in industrial sectors such as infrastructure, energy, extractives, water management, conservation, agriculture.
  • Experience with metagenomics and metatranscriptomics
  • Experience in applied research to develop practical solutions
  • Science communication, marketing and/or outreach experience
  • Experience with crafting a vision for eDNA/metabarcoding products, taking into account the competitive landscape, customer needs, and technical constraints 
Interpersonal & communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills are vital
  • Excellent communication, presentation and writing skills
  • Attention to detail and the ability to meet deadlines
Additional requirements
  • All applicants may be legally required to demonstrate the right to work/permission to work in the UK. If a work visa is required, we will provide the necessary support.

Terms and Conditions

  • The post is currently based at NatureMetrics Ltd, CABI Site, Bakeham Lane, Egham, Surrey, TW20 9TY but the company will be relocating to Guildford later this year.
  • There is flexibility for partial home working.
  • For exceptional candidates there may be potential to work from home / overseas, but preference will be given to those that can relocate to the new Headquarters in Guilford.
  • Candidates must specify their location intentions / preference in the cover letter. 
Working pattern and hours
  • The postholder is expected to work 40 hours a week Monday to Friday with core hours between 10am and 4pm. Flexible working can also be agreed with the management team.
Length of appointment
  • Permanent
By Published On: 25th May 2021Categories: Job Vacancy

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