Babraham Institute

Postdoctoral Research Scientist in Stem Cell Biology

The Babraham Institute

Cambridge, United Kingdom

Postdoctoral Research Scientist in Stem Cell Biology

Starting salary is £32,200 per annum to £36,500 per annum (depending on experience)

The Babraham Institute is a charity which is world renowned for its research in life sciences to enhance lives and improve wellbeing.

We are seeking a talented, inquisitive, highly motivated and enthusiastic Postdoctoral Research Scientist interested in studying novel mechanisms of pluripotency regulation. The successful candidate will be working with Dr Maria Christophorou and will conduct research at the crossroads of stem cell and developmental biology, cell signalling and epigenetics. The post is ideal for a scientist with a strong background in one of these areas, who is ready to explore new avenues in science and has an interest in expanding their expertise into the other areas.

The Christophorou lab is housed within the Epigenetics department, with affiliation to the Cell Signalling department, and aims to understand how environmental signals are translated into the genomic and epigenetic changes that underpin cell fate and identity.

The successful candidate will build on previous work (Christophorou et al., Nature, 2014) and exciting new data from the Christophorou lab to uncover the mechanisms through which the citrullinating enzymes peptidylarginine deiminases (PADIs) regulate the establishment of pluripotency. They will join a small team of dynamic, inclusive and enthusiastic scientists with diverse expertise and a passion for understanding mammalian biology and exploring new cell biological mechanisms. The successful candidate will be versatile and willing to learn and adapt to the needs of the project.

Applicants should have (or be close to obtaining) a PhD in Cell and Developmental Biology, Biochemistry or similar discipline and a strong background in stem cell biology and/or cell signaling. They should be able to work independently to drive their project but also have a collaborative approach, working productively in a team and contributing to a good social environment in the laboratory. Excellent written and oral communication skills are essential for this position.

Applicants with first author or co-author publications, or work completed for publication, will be highly preferable. Applications for competitive postdoctoral fellowships are highly encouraged and will receive support and mentoring.

Funding for this position is available for three years in the first instance.

For more information on the work of the group, please visit here.

Informal enquiries may be directed to Dr Maria Christophorou (

Applicants must hold a PhD or have their thesis submitted when commencing the post. Please note that you will be appointed on the starting salary of £30,000 per annum, if you have not yet been awarded your PhD.

Closing date for applications is Thursday, 16th July 2020.

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