Job offer in england Research Associate at University of Cambridge

We are looking for a highly qualified full-time Postdoctoral Research Associate (Biomedical engineering / Physical biology) to join the group of Dr David Kent ( within the Cambridge Stem Cell Institute and Department of Haematology based on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.

The position will explore a new and exciting area of stem cell biology with major implications for disease evolution and stem cell expansion – the physical biology of blood stem cells. This project will explore the impact of physical forces on the fate choices of highly purified single blood stem cells and develop tools to help expand blood cells outside the body. The Kent laboratory’s research focuses on understanding cell fate decisions in normal and malignant blood stem cells. We have recently pioneered approaches in single cell biology which link single stem cell function to single cell gene expression (Wilson et al, Cell Stem Cell, Nesterowa et al., Blood) and determined that the order of mutation acquisition impacts disease evolution and clinical features of blood cancers (Ortmann et al., New England Journal of Medicine)

The successful candidate must hold a PhD (or equivalent) in a relevant subject and have research laboratory experience with expertise in engineering and/or physical biology. Particular expertise in microfluidic device design/construction and mathematical modelling are desirable. Experience or exposure to the fields of stem cell biology, immunology, flow cytometry, and molecular biology will be an asset, but not essential. The successful candidate will have a track record of research excellence and communication skills.

Once appointed, the post holder will undertake research that falls under the umbrella of normal and malignant single stem cell biology with a particular focus on understanding the physical biology of blood stem cells. The postholder will be expected to drive an independent project but also to work closely with other lab members and Kevin Chalut ( for microfluidic device design and construction. Opportunities for mentorship and additional collaborations will be available and encouraged. The successful candidate must hold a PhD in a relevant subject. This position is funded by ERC.

Bhavni Sharma is responsible for the recruitment for this post and can be contacted at

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 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 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.

The closing date for applications is the 10th May 2017 with interviews likely to be held week commencing the 22nd of May 2017.

Please quote reference RB11945 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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