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Research Associate x 2 (Chalut Lab)



Wellcome Trust - Medical Research Council Cambridge Stem Cell Institute

Salary: £31,604-£38,833
Reference: PS15988
Category: Research
Published: 22 June 2018
Closing date: 22 July 2018

The Institute is a world-leading centre for stem cell research with a mission to transform human health through a deep understanding of stem and progenitor cell biology ( and is supported by the Wellcome and the Medical Research Council.

The Chalut lab's aim to understand (1) the fundamental mechanisms by stem cells undergo state transitions; and (2) how mechanical signalling is involved in those transitions. The lab uses a combination of diverse approaches, including stem cell biology, physical biology, quantitative modelling, microfluidics and micropatterning, molecular biology, genetic manipulation and imaging to understand the mechanisms of cell fate choice.

We are looking for two research associates with a proactive and flexible attitude to join a European Research Council (ERC) funded research project to illuminate the "Physical biology of pluripotency and differentiation".
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For the first post, the ideal candidate has a background in stem cell biology or similar who is seeking to move in multidisciplinary directions with their expertise. There is no requirement for this candidate to have previous experience in physics or biotechnology. For the second post, the ideal candidate has a background in biotechnology who wants to apply their expertise to stem cell biology. Specifically, we are seeking researchers motivated to use and/or develop tools based in microfluidics, micropatterning and hydrogel substrates to probe cell fate choice. Candidates with experience in biophysics, quantitative biology or proteomics are also encouraged to apply. Some experience with either stem cell biology or developmental biology is strongly recommended. It is also of the utmost importance that the candidate is highly collaborative for this multidisciplinary project.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

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

To apply online for this vacancy, please click here.

The closing date for all applications is 22nd July 2018 with shortlisting done very shortly afterwards and interviews scheduled for Monday 30th July 2018.

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.

Please quote reference PS15988 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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