Scientist - Stem Cells

London /
Biology /
Full time
You rarely get the chance to change an entire industry. But that's position we find ourselves in. 
We're developing a machine that totally automates mammalian cell culture - one of the most painful but important processes in biology.

Cells are crucial for biotech and pharma. They're used to discover and develop new drugs, AND they enable cutting-edge cancer cell therapies. Cytera has the potential to impact therapy development across the board.

We've assembled a world-class team to take on this challenge, with ex-Dyson engineers and Nature-published scientists working hand-in-hand. You can learn more about your potential Cytera teammates here: Team

Cytera is backed by Y Combinator, the most successful startup program in the world which produced companies such as AirBnb, Dropbox, and Ginkgo Bioworks.

We’re looking for a high-growth scientist to join our stem cell program and push the limits of iPSC workflows we can automate. This is a unique opportunity to learn how to execute projects at the interface of engineering and biology.

We believe in autonomy, and you should expect to run your own projects and attempt to overcome hurdles you encounter, with the lead stem cell scientist always available to advise as you require.

You'll be interfacing with multiple disciplines, such as hardware/software engineers, so expect to have to learn about these different areas too


    • Developing and validating methods of automating iPSC workflows on our systems, through planning, designing, executing and analyzing relevant experiments
    • Troubleshooting experiments and identifying abnormal or unexpected trends in data; offering suggestions of the root cause(s).
    • Doing your part to help run the lab, such as collaborating on ordering reagents, maintenance and banking of cells
    • Occasional weekend work (Saturday and/or Sunday) may be required


    • M.Sc. or PhD in Molecular and Cell Biology or related area
    • Hands-on experience with undifferentiated iPSC culture, maintenance and characterization
    • Experience with in vitro differentiation of iPSC, preferably neurons and/or cardiomyocytes
    • Robust experimental design and data analysis capabilities

Experience with at least some of the following:

    • Molecular biology skills, including DNA/RNA isolation and downstream analysis, RT-PCR, qPCR
    • Cellular biology techniques including immunostaining, image analysis, flow cytometry

Salary and Benefits

    • Competitive £30,000-£36,000 salary with stock options
    • Lunch covered daily
    • Collaborative team environment with very high potential to learn new skills
Our solutions are going to transform the way every biotech works. Join us and help us get there!