Research Assistant, NGS Screening (Functional Genomics) 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 Park, Cambridge

Type: Full time / FTC - 12 month maternity cover

Start: Immediate

Salary: Competitive / Hours: 40 p/w

Lab based position

Your role in our team:

We are looking for a Research Assistant with experience in molecular biology and NGS library preparation to join our NGS Team. The role will support a programme focused on providing NGS services for You will also play a key role in the implementation of either existing technology or novel scientific advancements pertaining to the NGS Team and company-wide Objectives and Key Results (OKRs). Reporting to a senior member of the NGS Team, you will work with a team of scientists being a point of contact for the wider R&D department.

Your key responsibilities will include:

Execution of NGS library preparation, including sample tracking, QC and data interpretation.
Prepare NGS libraries for running Illumina sequencing platforms.
Support and perform experimental work aimed to expand the NGS team's capacity and capabilities.
Stay up to date with key aspects of NGS technologies.
Seek and take responsibility in management of daily and weekly workload/tasks (in conjunction with direct line manager), becoming increasingly independent.
Increasing with experience, become a point of contact within the NGS team for stakeholders.
Monitor key areas of day-day laboratory activities - ensure the smooth running of the team’s activities and identify opportunities to improve and areas of risk.
Actively engage in seeking training opportunities - attend seminars internal and external - both for personal and scientific development.


Have a Degree in Biological Sciences or proven practical experience in either molecular biology or NGS sample preparation.
Proven ability to communicate research and project outputs, through written and oral communication.
Ability to prioritise, organise and be responsible for own workload.
With essential experience in...

Practical experience of PCR, RT-PCR, nucleic acid extraction and subsequent QC.
Understanding of NGS techniques and their applications.
Optimising SOPs/protocols, including experimental design and troubleshooting.

and possibly...

Experience in high throughput NGS sample preparation on automation platforms.
Proven record of contributing to research articles and publications.
Practical experience of performing single-cell NGS technologies.
Operating Illumina sequencing platforms.
Track record of optimising scientific processes.

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 Closing Date: 
31 March 2023