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Cell Scientist (KTP Associate) – Aston University

The Aston University is looking for an interested candidate for the position of Cell Scientist (KTP Associate) who has a PhD in relevant area.

Position Requirements:

  • Experience of working with multiple cell types (including human embryonic stem cell and induced pluripotent stem cells).
  • Significant experience/expertise with aseptic manual cell culture and experience of working with human cells.
  • A PhD in a relevant area (i.e. biochemical engineering, biomedical engineering) or relevant Life Science discipline (stem Cell Biology, biomedical science).
  • A strong understanding of both the engineering aspects of cell therapy production in addition to the fundamental Cell Biology underpinning this work.
  • Experience of research methods for the engineering & life sciences including principles of Quality by Design (QbD) and Design of Experiments (DoE).
  • Strong understanding and experience of key analytical techniques including microscopy, low Cytometry, immunofluorescence, histology, differentiation staining, functionality assays, metabolic flux analysis and methods to determine growth kinetics.
  • Significant experience of software including Microsoft Office (particularly Excel) and flow Cytometry software. e.g. FlowJo
Employer Aston University
Posted 30-11-2015
Location UK
Discipline NA
Salary £26,000 to £30,000 plus £5,000 Individual Training Budget
Official Notice


  • Confirm ethical requirements for project and put processes in place for future studies.
  • Review BTL’s IP position.
  • Develop an end to end microcarrier expansion for an allogeneic UCT-hMSC product with a focus on achieving maximum cell density
  • Investigate isolation procedures and sources of variability and optimal form and condition prior to expansion.
  • Develop an end to end microcarrier expansion process for an autologous UCT-hMSC product.
  • Transfer of bioprocess from academic laboratory to BTL including conducting the necessary validation studies.

For further information on the vacancy , please visit the website aston.ac.uk/jobs and apply online. In case of no internet access, call 0121 204 4500 and leave your name and address quoting the job title and reference number. Please contact Dr Qasim Rafiq, Lecturer in the School of Life & Health Sciences, for an informal discussion about the role. Tel: +44(0) 121 204 4895, Email: q.rafiq@aston.ac.uk Closing date for applications: 3rd January, 2016.

Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston is a long established research-led University known for its world-class teaching quality and strong links to industry, government and commerce. Professor Dame Julia King became Vice-Chancellor of the University in 2006. Aston University is a long established research led University based in the heart of Birmingham known for its world- class teaching quality and strong links to industry, government and commerce. Its mission is to be the UK’s leading University for business, enterprise and the professions, where original research has a positive impact on the world around.

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