Research Associate at CS Genetics
Cambridge, GB

Our Company

CS Genetics is developing pathbreaking new technology for genomics, based on foundational scientific insights and sophisticated conceptual innovations in sequencing 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 or Senior Research Associate. The ideal candidate will have experience performing hands-on molecular biology labwork 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, and will involve exposure to a variety of new experimental technologies, R&D processes, and applications across single-cell genomics and beyond.


Key Responsibilities

  • Perform complex, cutting-edge hands-on labwork to develop new technology for genomics in research and/or diagnostic applications
  • Develop, assess, and optimise categorically new laboratory techniques and assay workflows for NGS
  • 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 or bioengineering, genetics/genomics, biochemistry, or similar
  • At least 1 year of full-time experience performing hands-on molecular biology labwork in an academic and/or industrial setting
  • Knowledge and practical experience with molecular biology techniques (e.g. PCR/qPCR, RT, electrophoresis)
  • Knowledge of DNA sequencing technology and major applications thereof
  • 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 or familiarity with NGS sequencing (e.g. sample prep methods such as DNA/RNA/ChIP-seq etc) preferred but not required
  • Scientific knowledge relevant to NGS (e.g. cell biology and/or immunology, inherited genetics, cancer genetics)
  • Knowledge of common maths/statistics relevant to molecular biology and research
  • MSci/MRes/MPhil or equivalent in a relevant field of life science preferred but not required


What We Offer

  • Exceptional team within a very fast-growing startup
  • Mission-driven startup looking to change how genomic data is generated and analysed
  • Opportunity to grow your skills and career quickly
  • Exceptional office/R&D workspace in central Cambridge – with regular free events, free food, company/community activities etc.
  • Next to Cambridge Station – excellent commute and great city-centre location
  • Highly competitive package and equity scheme


How To Apply

Please upload your resume and cover letter using the Apply button at the top-right of this page, and direct any formal or informal questions related to the role or application process to This role will be located at our R&D labs at 50/60 Station Road in the Cambridge city centre, and will include highly competitive, experience-matched salary and generous stock options. This is an opportunity to apply your time and talents to categorical, step-change innovation in genomics. Closing Date: 21st of January 2022


CS Genetics is not working with recruiters for this role; interested applicants must apply directly to the company.


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