Opportunity: Metabarcoding/eDNA Product Manager

NatureMetrics is seeking three Metabarcoding/eDNA Product Managers to join their team! 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, or Tissue. 

To apply, please complete the form here, including a CV and covering letter.

There is no fixed deadline for applications, and the position will be held open until the right candidates are selected.

Date published: 2021/06/02

Metabarcoding/eDNA Product Manager

(3 positions)

Marine, Freshwater, Bulk Samples

Location: UK (Guilford)

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.

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To apply, please complete the form here, including a CV and covering letter.

Please send additional enquiries about this job role to [email protected].

If not otherwise stated, there is no fixed deadline for applications, and the position will be held open until we find the right candidate.

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 

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