Research Associate (Laurenti Lab)


Department/Location: Wellcome Trust - Medical Research Council Cambridge Stem Cell Institute, University of Cambridge

Salary: £28,982-£37,768

Reference: PS10005

Closing date: 03 November 2016

Post-doctoral fellow: healthy ageing of human haematopoietic stem cells.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 October 2019 in the first instance.

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. The Institute currently comprises 29 research groups based across 6 sites in Cambridge. In 2018 all researchers will move to a new building on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.

Applications are invited for a research associate to join Dr Laurenti's group. We combine state-of-the-art experimental and computational methods to study the unique biological and molecular properties of human Haematopoietic Stem Cells (HSCs).

The post holder will join a new multidisciplinary project funded by the BBSRC. This collaboration between Dr Laurenti and Prof. Göttgens laboratories has as principal aim the investigation of the functional and molecular heterogeneity of HSCs throughout a human lifetime, with a particular focus on the effects of healthy ageing. The project will combine single cell, transcriptomics, epigenomics, flow cytometry, single cell functional assays in vitro and in vivo.

The successful candidate is expected to creatively and independently carry out their own research project, while collaborating on a regular basis with a team of experimentalists and computational biologists. They will also effectively communicate their work in writing and oral presentations at internal meetings and international conferences.

Candidates should hold a PhD in a relevant field. In particular, they will have a strong background either in stem cell biology, haematology, immunology or ageing. Extensive experience with flow cytometry, mouse models and tissue culture is required. The candidate should also possess molecular biology skills. Additional expertise with high-throughput sequencing data and the R programming language would be desirable. Finally, they will have demonstrated scientific achievement with an excellent publication record.

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.

The closing date for all applications is the Thursday 03 November 2016.

Informal enquiries are also welcome via email to:

Interviews will be held 09 November 2016.

Please quote reference PS10005 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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