Research Associate at CS Genetics
Cambridge, GB

CS Genetics is developing pathbreaking new technology for genomics, based on foundational scientific insights and sophisticated conceptual innovations in NGS techniques. Our work will accelerate basic biologic research and enable lifesaving new clinical diagnostics. We have an extremely skilled team, a large global intellectual property estate, and amongst the most inventive, ambitious technology roadmaps in life science.

We’re developing a radically-new, instrument-free platform for single-cell sequencing with disruptive throughput and experimental ease. We’re growing our Cambridge R&D team to help launch a new era of NGS-based cellular analysis.

Position Summary

We’re looking for an audacious and dedicated laboratory scientist to join our NGS R&D team as a Research Associate. The ideal candidate will have experience performing hands-on labwork in a relevant field and a deep desire to learn and master new laboratory techniques; they will have broad knowledge of molecular methods for processing and detecting/measuring nucleic acids; they will be a careful and organised laboratory scientist; they will have a keen intellectual interest in DNA sequencing technologies and their applications; they will have a keen personal interest in saving and extending lives through life science R&D. This will be a very challenging, multifaceted laboratory R&D position within a fast-moving genomics technology-development group.

Key Responsibilities


  • Perform complex, cutting-edge hands-on labwork to develop new technology for genomics and diagnostics
  • Develop, assess, and optimise categorically new laboratory techniques and assay workflows for NGS
  • Advance complex R&D roadmaps through deft experimental planning and laboratory execution
  • Engineer and evaluate new types of laboratory kits/products for use by academic and clinical scientists
  • Work with a team of other laboratory scientists developing new ways of using NGS for research and medicine
  • Communicate internally and with external partners via oral updates, written reports, and technical meetings


Required Skills and Background

  • BA/BSc or equivalent in molecular biology, bioengineering, chemistry, biochemistry, genetics/genomics, biophysics or similar relevant subject
  • At least 1 year of full-time experience performing hands-on labwork in an academic and/or industrial setting in one of the following relevant fields:
    • Life sciences (e.g. molecular biology, genetics, bioengineering, or similar)
    • Physical sciences (e.g. chemistry, biological chemistry, biophysics, or similar)
  • Knowledge and practical experience with one of the following:
    • Molecular biology techniques (e.g. PCR/qPCR, RT, electrophoresis, DNA sequencing, etc.)
    • Chemistry techniques applicable to biomolecules like nucleic acids (e.g. modification and conjugation of oligonucleotides, detection with spectroscopic techniques like UV and fluorescence, surface chemistries for nucleic acid technologies, etc.)
  • Understanding of NGS sequencing platforms and appreciation for the chemistry/physics/biology interface
  • Attention to detail in hands-on labwork, in record-keeping, and in communications with others
  • Willingness to learn new protocols, and an ability to work and advance independently once trained in a method
  • Enthusiasm for a demanding, fast-paced R&D role in a small-startup environment

Desired Skills and Background

  • Prior experience with one of the following:
    • NGS sequencing (e.g. sample prep methods such as DNA/RNA/ChIP-seq etc.)
    • Working with sophisticated nucleic acid or protein detection technologies/methods (molecular, optical, or otherwise)
  • Scientific knowledge relevant to nucleic acids and NGS
  • Knowledge of common maths/statistics relevant to scientific research
  • MSci/MRes/MPhil or equivalent in a relevant field preferred but not required