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Research Assistant - Human Stem Cell Core Facility

A full-time Research Assistant position is available in the lab of Dr. Rick Livesey at the University of Cambridge Gurdon Institute. The lab uses human stem cells (embryonic and induced pluripotent stem cells) to study human brain development and disease, with a major focus on Alzheimer's disease. We are now seeking to hire a researcher to provide essential support to the lab in the production and maintenance of human stem cell lines. The post-holder will be responsible for supervising 1-2 research assistants and work closely with lab members to support their work. Core duties will involve maintaining our hIPS cell lines and neurons, managing stocks and samples, and being responsible for ongoing quality control procedure.

Preferred skills and experience:

  • Degree or equivalent in life or physical sciences
  • Previous research laboratory experience
  • Involvement in lab management and/or QC
  • High attention to detail is essential
  • Good communication and organisation skills
  • Database administration
  • Familiarity with human stem cell culture would be an advantage
  • Ability to work unsupervised and as part of a team
  • Previous experience in molecular biology techniques; cloning, PCR, RNA analysis

Informal enquiries should be directed in the first instance to the group lab manager, James Smith at

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

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please quote reference PR04224 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, funds for returning carers and other family-friendly schemes.

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