Research Assistant

University of Cambridge - Wellcome Trust - Medical Research Council Cambridge Stem Cell Institute

The Wellcome Trust - Medical Research Council Cambridge Stem Cell Institute is an international centre of excellence for stem cell research and regenerative medicine. Scientists in the Institute collaborate to advance our knowledge of various stem cell types and to perform pioneering work in translational research areas, providing the foundation for new medical treatments.

Applications are invited for a Research Assistant to join the research team of Dr. Elisa Laurenti. Their laboratory combines state-of-the-art experimental and computational methods to study the unique biological and molecular properties of human blood stem cells in health and disease.

The post-holder will integrate with a team working on a project aimed at understanding how pre-leukemic mutations affect human blood stem cells function and molecular properties, and leading to the development of blood cancers. They will use normal and patient-derived primary human samples and will perform a wide variety of molecular and cellular techniques. These will include handling of primary patient samples, isolation and analysis of blood stem and progenitor cells by flow cytometry sample preparation and analysis, DNA/RNA isolation, RNA-seq, cell line maintenance, primary cell culture, and tissue collection. They are also expected to contribute to aspects of laboratory management.

The post-holder will possess time management, organization and communication skills. They should enjoy working in a team. Previous experience in cell biology is required. Specific experience in primary cell culture, flow cytometry, mononuclear cell isolation, DNA/RNA extraction are desirable but not essential. 

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 1 year in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment and a security check.

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.

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Please include details of your referees, including email address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

Closing date for applications is the 5th January 2018, with interviews likely to take place between the 15th and 19th January 2018

Please quote reference PS14226 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.

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