Associate Scientist, Automated Systems to join the Global Stem Cell ArrayTM, a robotic system that automates iPSC derivation, gene editing, downstream differentiations and assays.
You will provide support in production to biological material within the Array. You will report to the Principal Scientist, Director of iPSC Production and work with other members of the Array team, including engineers, IT specialists, project management, and operations.
This is a full-time position based on a 35-hour workweek; however, weekend work may be required. We are looking for an applicant interested in stem cell biology and the creation of cell models for disease applications. The applicant will have an interest/background in production environments and comfort in performing routine tasks including automated and manual cell culture, changing media, biological specimen preparation and sample management.
What you’ll do:
Process incoming biological specimens such as blood, saliva and skin samples.
Perform both automated and manual cell culture of cell lines such as human fibroblasts, human peripheral blood cells and human embryonic/induced pluripotent stem cells.
Work collaboratively with other scientists and engineers to perform all necessary automation protocols for fibroblast expansion, reprogramming, iPSC expansion and QC, and differentiations on the robotic platforms(s)
Communicate and accomplish tasks with other lab staff to plan, implement, and develop/improve novel automation assays and workflows.
Work closely with the laboratory operations team to ensure reagents/consumables inventory is accurately and efficiently supplied.
Maintain organized and accurate records and troubleshoot issues independently and provide succinct details to the automation team in the event of errors
Provide regular feedback at inter-team meetings by providing input as and when relevant
Provide routine scientific reports to key team members around the area of work, particularly with sample status and management
What we’re looking for:
A minimum of a BSc/BA in a relevant discipline is required.
MSc a plus
Minimum of 2 years of lab experience post BSc/BAA keen interest in stem cell research and ideally experience working within a production environment
Human mammalian cell culture experience is required, with additional broad skills in cell and molecular biology techniques preferred.
Proficiency in Mac and PCs, Microsoft Word, Excel (can perform complex functions), PowerPoint, and is required.
Experience with LIMS systems is a bonus.
Adaptability to work in a fast-paced and changing environment.
Extremely organized and able to prioritize a substantial workload.
Some weekend work may be required.