Research Associate Cell Engineering


Location: Cambridgeshire

Job Type: Full time


Company Description

For over 20 years, abcam has been providing tools the scientific community needs to enable faster breakthroughs in critical areas like cancer, neurological disorders, infectious diseases, and metabolic disorders.

We believe that to continue making progress, we need to work together in new ways. We need your own unique perspective as well as this of our people to make an always greater impact on the world. This community needs people like you: dedicated, agile and above all audacious so we can truly bring progress forward.

Job Description

Due to internal progression, we now have an exciting opportunity to join the Cell Engineering team as a Research Associate. You will need to hit the ground running and work within the department to develop novel technologies to assist the generation of edited cell lines using CRISPR Cas9 technologies

This is a rare opportunity for someone looking to participate in development of cutting-edge technological approaches and employ their skills and expertise to create the largest catalogue of physiologically relevant disease models with unprecedented efficiency, ease and reproducibility of use. This will have an immediate and positive impact for the team, the department and company and ultimately support researchers and scientists across the world to discover more, faster!

Roles and responsibilities:

  • Preparation of NGS library to run Illumina Sequencing platform
  • Execute sample tracking, QC and data interpretation.
  • Perform additional troubleshooting and experimental work to expand and optimise the NGS team's capacity
  • Stay up to date with key aspects of NGS technologies.
  • Help establish and maintain high quality standards during experimental processes and record keeping
  • Help maintaining a safe and efficient working environment in the laboratory, ensure the safety of colleagues & visitors and comply with Health and Safety (H&S) policies
  • Ensure compliance with applicable abcam policies
  • Assist with general housekeeping duties.


You will have a degree in molecular biology or an equivalent subject and at least a year's experience in an industry environment with PCR, RT-PCR, nucleic acid extraction and subsequent QC. You have an understanding of NGS techniques and their applications along with experience in NGS sample preparation. You will be able to prep and analyze a high volume of samples while complying with laboratory record keeping and record tracking databases.

You are comfortable presenting data with the ability to take on new challenges and identify new and/or improved methods for working. You are a team player, able to prioritise and work to deadlines and have a proactive attitude and great attention to detail. It would be great if you have experience in molecular biology, specifically genomic DNA isolation, PCR, protein analysis and DNA sequencing and some automation processes.

If this sounds like you and you’d like to be a part of a fast paced, growing business with the vision to become the most influential company and best-loved brand in life sciences please apply!

Additional Information

We know that when it comes to benefits, no one size fits all. Flexibility and choice matter which is why, in addition to market competitive salaries, we offer you a flexible benefits package which is tailored to your unique needs and support your financial, physical and emotional wellbeing. This includes our award-winning share scheme, 18 weeks fully paid maternity leave, 6 weeks fully paid paternity leave as well as highly flexible working and much more. Besides, your development will be integral to your experience here. You will grow alongside other talented minds, in ways you may often find unexpected.

When people come together, incredible things happen. Here you’ll work in a safe environment where you can be who you truly are. We’ll champion and celebrate your uniqueness throughout your journey with us. This is how we excel at partnering with the scientific community no matter the challenge, ultimately helping solve the world’s most critical diseases. Find out more about Diversity & Inclusion at abcam.


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