Research Assistant – iPSC Platform

Research Assistant – iPSC Platform
at Bit Bio
Cambridge, UK is an award-winning spinout from the University of Cambridge. Our breakthrough technology combines synthetic and stem cell biology for the precise, efficient and consistent reprogramming of human cells used in research, drug discovery, and cell therapy. At, we are passionate about engineering human cells that will enable the medicine of the future. To do this we need talented and curious people who want to make an impact on the future of science and therapeutics.

As a team of individuals, we value science, collaboration, openness, curiosity and creativity. We are united by trust and respect for each other.

Location: Babraham Research Campus, Cambridge

Type: Full time, permanent / Start: Immediate

Salary: Competitive / Hours: 40 p/w

Lab based position

Your role in our team:

We are looking for a motivated and skilled Research Assistant, to join our human pluripotent stem cell platform. Reporting directly to the Team Lead/Senior Scientist, the candidate will contribute to a team of scientists and research assistants at a focal point between the R&D and Cell Production departments. The main objectives of the team are:

To onboard and characterise iPSC lines from both external sources and the Cell Engineering team.
To provide core scientific and material support to the R&D and Manufacturing teams in all activities related to human pluripotent stem cells (sourcing, characterisation, traceability, QC and inventory management).
To support innovation and strategic collaborations for the continuous development of the pluripotent stem cell core platform.
Support the development of an iPSC training programme to support new starters and improve consistency throughout the company.
Support the establishment of a customised cell culture service to provide assay ready iPSCs across the R&D & Manufacturing teams.
This role will be based at our site in Cambridge with the majority of time spent in the lab.

Your key responsibilities will include:

Contributing to a growing team of dedicated scientists and Research Assistants providing a state-of-the-art human pluripotent stem cell facility to support’s R&D and Cell Manufacturing capacity.
Producing master and working cell banks of a variety of iPSC lines.
Initiation and execution of experiments, analysis and reporting of results.
Contributing to the development of company strategic programmes by driving innovation for human pluripotent stem cell culture.
Contributing to a proactive, continuous improvement culture and systems to maintain high standards of service and good practice.
Working in collaboration with other Departments (Research, Cellular Engineering, Manufacturing Development and Production) to meet scientific, new product launch and clinical objectives.


Have a Bachelor or Master’s degree in a relevant field of life sciences.
Have demonstrable experience in a R&D/Manufacturing/Tech Transfer team in industry or an academic institution.
Will join as a keen team player driven by a passion for scientific discovery and cell biology.
Are a motivated experimentalist enjoying benchwork, with scientific rigour and a problem-solving attitude.
Will have attention to detail and keen organizational skills.
Excellent record keeping and management of a laboratory notebook.
Will be working collaboratively with the wider team under supervision of a senior scientist.

With essential experience in…

Human pluripotent stem cell biology, characterisation, culture systems and QC.
Working to Standard Operating Procedures.
Documenting experimental work.

...and possibly....

Have experience in cell culture automation and cell manufacture.
Have knowledge of cGMP processes and regulations applicable to human iPSCs.
Have experience of quality risk management.

More reasons to join us: provides a vibrant and dynamic work environment in an exciting, fast-moving time for biology. We work with cutting edge technologies and with our world-leading scientific advisory board. We conduct pioneering work with real-world impact.

We trust our people to make significant contributions early on with opportunities to be involved in projects that are key to the success and growth of our young company. We invest in people, creating opportunities for personal development in an inclusive multi-skilled team with ambitious goals that provide opportunities to learn on the job from each other.

Creativity and open minds are encouraged for everyone to contribute to the success of the company.

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Application Instructions: 
Application Closing Date: 
16 October 2022