Post on 24 Apr 2024
Research Assistant (iPSC) (ND0004)

A Research Assistant position is available at the Hong Kong Center for Neurodegeneration at Hong Kong Science Park. The individual will join a dedicated team that specializes in generating human induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC)-derived platforms for the modelling of neurodegenerative diseases. The Research Assistant will be trained to reprogram somatic cells into iPSCs, differentiation of neuron, astrocytes, and microglia, and carry out characterization the differentiated cells using cutting-edge technologies.


  • Daily maintenance of iPSC facility, i.e. inventory, ordering supplies, general upkeep
  • Tissue culture and quality control of iPSC and iPSC-derived brain cells
  • Differentiation and phenotyping assays including immunofluorescence staining and imaging, RT-qPCR, FACS
  • Sustain a quality assured iPSC bank for use in a variety of projects
  • Document all work in team notebook
  • Organize cryopreserved samples in liquid nitrogen


  • Bachelor’s degree in biology/molecular biology/biochemistry/neurobiology or related field
  • In addition to the techniques above, experience in the following is preferred:
    gene editing, confocal imaging, SDS-PAGE, Western Blot
  • Past research experience in cell biology, molecular biology, genetics, or neuroscience at the undergraduate level or beyond is preferred
  • Must be willing to learn, self-motivated, detail-oriented, team-oriented, and able to work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Must have strong organizational, communication, and record-keeping skills

Salary and Benefits

Salary will be commensurate with relevant qualifications and experience. Medical and dental benefits, as well as annual leave, will be provided. The appointment will be offered on a one-year contract basis and renewable subject to mutual agreement and performance.

Application Procedures

Applicants should submit their up-to-date CV and cover letter with salary expectation and availability. We thank applicants for their interest, but advise that only shortlisted candidates will be notified of the results of their applications. Review of applications will commence shortly and continue until the position is filled. The information provided will be kept confidential and be used for recruitment and other employment-related purposes. We are an equal opportunity employer and welcome applications from all qualified candidates.

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