Lead Scientist

London
Biology
Full time
Job location: London
Salary: £30,000-£50,000 + stock options
Opening date: 7 August 2019
Closing date: 4 September 2019


ABOUT US
You rarely get the chance to change an industry. But that's position we find ourselves in.

We're developing a revolutionary automated mammalian cell culture system. Cells are key to every biotech and pharma company - from those developing new drugs, to those developing new cell-based medicines. And yet today they're all grown totally manually, the same as 100 years ago.

In the near future, our solutions will be growing cells for cell therapies - the best cancer cures ever created. Join us and help us get there! We have recently been featured in top lists from Labiotech as well as Forbes, and we're backed by Y Combinator, the most successful startup accelerator in the world which produced companies such as AirBnb, Dropbox, and Ginkgo Bioworks.

You can learn more about what it's like to work at Cytera in this video: Link


THE ROLE
We’re looking for a creative and experienced scientist to help us benchmark and push the limits of our system and what we can automate. Sometimes you’ll be developing assays and characterising the system, and other times you’ll be collaborating with the engineering team to develop novel functionality that enables complex cell-based workflows.

You should be experienced at managing multiple cell lines simultaneously, as well as tracking consumable requirements to ensure the lab always has what you need.

The ideal candidate would bring a wide knowledge across culturing varied types of mammalian cells, as well as varying workflows. We also highly value a breadth of knowledge across cell usage in industry.

Role responsibilites

    • Full ownership over our new iPSC cell programme
    • Collaborating on product direction, especially with relation to technologies involving iPSC cells, such as organoids
    • Testing and developing methods of automating the growth iPSCs on our systems, through planning, designing, executing and analysing relevant experiments
    • Planning out how we will onboard a new cell types onto the system, and what kind of protocols and approaches to take
    • In charge of considering approaches from a cell biology perspective (rather than bioengineering perspective)
    • Collaborating to develop assays to characterise the system, and collaborating with the engineering team to develop novel functionality that enables complex cell-based workflows
    • Contribute to relevant tasks for optimal operation of the laboratory, such as collaborating on maintenance and banking of cells

Must have

    • PhD degree strongly related to the use of iPSC cells
    • First author on a paper in a high-impact journal such as Nature, Nature Genetics, Nature Cell Biology, Science, Cell
    • Strong cell culture experience across multiple cell types
    • 3+ years’ experience culturing iPSC cells
    • Viral and CRISPR-based genome editing experience
    • Robust experimental design and ability to troubleshoot - root cause analysis or 5 whys
    • Wide breadth of knowledge across cell usage in industry 
    • Wide breadth of knowledge across culturing varied types of mammalian cells, as well as varying workflows
    • Excellent communication skills 

Benefits

    • Competitive £30,000-£50,000 salary + stock options
    • Lunch covered daily
    • Collaborative team environment with very high potential to learn new skills

Closing date

    • Applications close 4 September 2019
Our solutions are going to transform the way every biotech works. Join us and help us get there!