Research Assistant in Human Germ Cell Biology

University of Cambridge - Wellcome Trust/Cancer Research UK Gurdon Institute

We are seeking to recruit a Research Assistant to work on Human Primordial Germ Cell Specification and Development in the laboratory of Professor Azim Surani. The applicant will contribute to the ongoing recently established methods for in vitro derivation of human Primordial Germ Cells, in conjunction with human fetal germ cells. The project will focus on the role of transcription factors and signalling molecules that regulate progression of human germ cells with the view to extending their development in vitro. This is a part of comprehensive studies in the group on the establishment and epigenetic programming of mammalian germ line towards totipotency. We seek candidates with general experience of tissue culture methods and/or expertise in human embryonic stem cells/induced pluripotent stem cells, but training will be provided if necessary. Familiarity with molecular techniques, including gene expression analysis will be an advantage. The post holder will also contribute to day-to-day management of the tissue culture infrastructure and other housekeeping duties within the group. Candidates with a degree in a relevant subject or equivalent experience are invited to apply for the post.

Limited funding: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Applications should include a brief statement outlining key areas of expertise and reasons why you would like to join the group. If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact Lynn Froggett at, or Azim Surani at for informal enquiries about the post. Please quote reference PR10712 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity. The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK. Benefits include generous maternity/paternity leave, flexible working and funds for returning carers and other family-friendly schemes.

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