Research Technician/Associate

R&D · Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Department R&D
Employment Type Full-Time

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 Next Generation Sequencing based cellular analysis.

Position Summary

We’re looking for an ambitious and dedicated laboratory scientist to join our NGS R&D team as a Research Technician/Associate (dependent on experience).  You will work closely with our R&D team to help perform NGS assays, with guidance from Scientists/Principal Scientists you will perform molecular, chemical and cell biology assays to help improve and optimise our novel single cell technologies. The ideal candidate will have experience performing hands-on labwork in a relevant field and enthusiasm for learning and mastering new laboratory techniques.  This will be a very challenging, multifaceted laboratory R&D position within a fast-moving genomics technology-development group.


As CS Genetics’ product lines mature and evolve, candidates in this position will be exposed to a variety of new technologies, end-to-end product development and support the development of new ideas/technologies.

Key Responsibilities

  • Perform complex, cutting-edge labwork to develop a new single-cell sequencing technology
  • Design and carry out screen to optimise NGS assays for single cell analysis
  • 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
  • Research Associate Level: 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, )
  • 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 preparation 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

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


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

We’re building a diverse, dynamic, and contrarian team.

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