Building and promoting Excellence in Life Sciences in Europe
Building and promoting Excellence in Life Sciences in Europe

Research Assistant (Full-time or Part-time)


We wish to recruit a Research Assistant to provide essential support to a research project investigating epigenetic patterning in oocytes and embryos. The project follows new insights into epigenetic mechanisms in the oocyte.
The research will focus on how chromatin states are established during oogenesis and their impact on gene regulation. It will study the mechanisms underlying the persistence of oocyte-derived chromatin states in the embryo, and how this leads to imprinted gene expression. These questions will be investigated through a combination of approaches, including cutting-edge, single-cell epigenomic analysis, and genetic and epigenetic editing. Much of the work will be in mouse models, but we expect to explore parallels in human oocytes and embryos.
The ideal candidate must have a B.Sc. in Biological Sciences and solid experience in routine molecular biology, such as cloning or PCR assays. Experience in oocyte and/or embryo isolation is highly desirable. Practical knowledge of in situ hybridisation or immunofluorescence would be advantageous for this role. In addition, the position would suit a candidate interested in lab management.
The successful applicant will join an interactive, multidisciplinary team in the Epigenetics Programme in the laboratory of Dr Gavin Kelsey. For more information on the work of the Kelsey’s group, please visit
Informal enquiries should be made to
Funding for this position is available up to 2 years in the first instance.
Please indicate on your application your preference for full-time (37 hours per week) or part-time hours (minimum of 15 hours per week).

Starting salary is £25,795 per annum to £27,090 per annum (FTE) depending on experience.

Full details of the position can be found here.
On applying please quote reference RTH-GK-MRC.
Closing date for completed applications is Monday 20 August 2018.

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The Babraham Institute receives strategic funding from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and is an Equal Opportunities Employer. 

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