Advanced Research Assistant

Updated: about 2 months ago
Location: Cambridge, ENGLAND
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 09 Apr 2021

The Cellular Genetics Programme  is seeking an experienced histologist / pathologist to join us as an Advanced Research Assistant in Sarah Teichmann’s faculty group.  The laboratory is focussed on the Human Cell Atlas, aiming to map tissues by combining single cell transcriptomics, spatial genomics and computational methodologies to build full-transcriptome three dimensional (3D) models of cells in their tissue context, with the long-term ambition of building a 3D whole-body atlas at single cell resolution.

You will provide histology support to the Teichmann team and work closely with other faculty and pipeline groups at the Institute.  This role requires a highly flexible approach with the ability to adapt to meet changing requirements. You will be supported to learn new methods in the spatial transcriptomics / genomics field.

Duties would include:

  • Providing histology support to the Teichmann team including sample receipt, freezing and / or fixing, sectioning (cryo and FFPE), H&E staining.
  • Liasing with team members and pathologists to discuss sample histology.  Pathology experience would be beneficial.
  • RNA extraction to determine sample RIN.
  • Learning spatial transcriptomics / genomics techniques as required by the laboratory, for example RNAScope in situ hybridization and Visium spatial transcriptomics.
  • Library preparation, including for Visium spatial transcriptomics.

This is an excellent opportunity for a motivated and adaptable individual to gain exposure to novel technologies and support the cutting edge science delivered within the Cellular Genetics Programme.

Essential Skills


  • BSc (or equivalent) in a biological science or equivalent experience 
  • Strong background in wet-lab histology 
  • Experience with tissue preservation (e.g. fixation, cryopreservation) and sectioning including both paraffin embedded and frozen tissue material 
  • Basic background and experience in fluorescent microscopy of cells or tissues 

Behaviours and Competencies:

  • Ability to test, implement, and troubleshoot new techniques and protocols 
  • Excellent communication skills 
  • Proven ability to work effectively within a team 
  • Ability to be independent and organised 
  • Good attention to detail and record keeping for sample and experimental tracking 

Ideal Skills

  • Experience with immunohistochemistry and in situ hybridization 
  • Experience with spatially resolved RNA-sequencing or high-multiplexed RNA in situ hybridization 
  • Molecular biology and / or NGS library preparation experience 
  • Experience operating liquid handling and / or microscopy robotics 

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Application Process:

Please apply with your CV and a cover letter outlining your suitability for the role addressing the criteria above and in the job description.

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