Vacancy – Post-Doctoral Research Associate





Post-Doctoral Research Associate

in Cardiovascular Regenerative Medicine and Bioinformatics

WT – MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute


Applications are invited to join Dr Sanjay Sinha’s team at the Cambridge Stem Cell Institute ( We have pioneered the generation of vascular smooth muscle cells from human embryonic and induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) via different embryonic lineages (Cheung et al., Nature Biotechnology 2012;30:165-73, Iyer et al., Development 2015;142:1528-41). Recently we used this approach to establish an in vitro model of vascular disease in Marfan syndrome using patient-derived iPSCs (Granata et al., Nature Genetics 2017;49:97-109).

The focus of this exciting disease oriented project will be to identify how embryonic lineage contributes to aortic disease and to develop further iPSC based models of aortic aneurysms (Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and ACTA2). The successful applicant will also work with Dr Paul Bertone for in depth bioinformatics analyses of these in vitro models (RNA-seq & ChIP-seq).

The advertised position is funded through a British Heart Foundation Program Grant for 5 years, thus allowing a highly motivated scientist to make a substantial contribution to the development of new treatments for aortic diseases and establish a career in cardiovascular regenerative medicine.

You will have a PhD with an extensive background in cell and molecular biology, experience with bioinformatics and a strong publication record. It is essential that you have excellent communication, writing and organisational skills and the ability to work collaboratively. Experience with human ES/iPS cells will be advantageous. Informal enquiries to Dr Sanjay Sinha ( are encouraged. Applications at

Fixed term: The position is available from 1st Nov 2017 until 31st Oct 2022.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Closing date: 2nd October 2017.

Forthcoming Meetings

  • 2018 BAS / BSCR / BCS Spring Meeting

    Venue: Manchester Central Dates: Monday 4-Tuesday 5 June 2018 Abstract submission deadline: tbd  Sessions titles: Aging and senescence in the cardiovascular system Nanomedicine for future diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease Inflammation as a link between hypertension and cardiovascular risk

  • BAS Autumn meeting 2018, Queens College, Cambridge

      “From the Vulnerable Plaque to the Vulnerable Patient” Thursday 6th – Friday 7th September 2018 Venue: Queens College, Cambridge               Sessions will include: The Molecular Basis of Vulnerable Plaques Michael Davis Early Career

  • BAS Autumn Meeting 2017: The Role of Immunometabolic Pathways in Atherosclerosis

    Dates: Thursday 14- Friday 15 September 2017 Venue: Murray Edwards College, Cambridge Further venue information for travelling to Cambridge: Visit Cambridge guide to travelling to the City Murray Edwards College Local Area Map Cambridge Area Road Map The 2017 conference