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Job title: Applications Engineer

Location: Southampton, U.K.

This role involves working with the sales team to find technical solutions for our Klarite customers and the distributors of our Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) Klarite product line.

We are looking for experienced, hands-on, analytical chemists - or analytical chemists currently in an applications role - to act as the primary technical interface for those Klarite customers who work in biochemical and chemical detection.

Your responsibilities will include technical assistance on current products, application troubleshooting, hands-on future application development, and writing application notes.  Owing to the nature of the position extensive international travel will be required.  A good proportion of the role will be lab work, so familiarity and experience within a lab environment is a must.  Additional responsibilities include participation at trade shows, technical presentations and instructional training courses for both customers and our sales team.

The ideal candidate will be self-motivated team player with problem-solving skills. They must have the ability to work directly and effectively with customers, technical staff and management, and work well with people at all levels.  Excellent interpersonal and communications skills are a must for this position.  He or she should have a good understanding of the use of Raman instruments (and preferably SERS) and their application to chemical, biochemical and biological analysis.

Minimum requirements: A degree, at least 2 years relevant experience and excellent communication skills.

About Mesophotonics

Mesophotonics Ltd was established in July 2001 to develop and commercialise planar photonic crystal technology. The company is a spin-out from the University of Southampton where a multi-disciplinary team have been conducting research in the area of photonic crystals and photonics band gaps since 1994. Mesophotonics completed its first round financing in July 2001 by securing £2.8 million from BTG. Second round funding of £5.5 million was completed in December 2003. Quester led the investment with participating investors Auriga Partners (Paris), NIF Ventures Co. Ltd (Tokyo) and existing investor BTG.

Mesophotonics Ltd offers a competitive compensation package including stock options.

In 2005 Mesophotonics introduced the Klarite series of products. Klarite SERS substrates, allow the unique Raman fingerprint present in all molecules to be easily and repeatedly identified. Klarite substrates enable faster, higher accuracy detection of biological and chemical samples at lower detection limits for a wide range of markets including homeland security, forensics, environmental monitoring, medical diagnostics and drug discovery.

Previous SERS substrates have been plagued by 100% signal variations and by hot spots where only small areas of the total device showed amplified Raman signals. By providing a uniform patterned surface Klarite slides provide control of the Raman process giving consistent SERS signals from anywhere on the active surface. The very high signal levels achieved also make Raman spectra as easy to obtain as fluorescence spectra and offer significantly lower detection limits for many molecules.

Klarite substrates are completely compatible with existing micro-Raman instruments. However, the SERS signals that are generated from Klarite substrates are many orders of magnitude more intense than traditional Raman signals and enable detection with low sensitivity detectors and low power lasers. This will open the door to the development of low cost Raman detection systems compatible with volume OEM applications.

Contact information

If you would like to apply for this position. Please send your resume to:

Jilly Searle
Office Manager
Mesophotonics Ltd
2 Venture Road
Chilworth Science Park
SO16 7NP

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