Advanced Research Assistant - Tree of Life Genomics

The Opportunity:

We have an excellent opportunity for an Advanced Research Assistant to join our growing Tree of Life team.

About the Research:

The Darwin Tree of Life Project is a major national initiative, led by the Wellcome Sanger Institute, to provide high-quality ‘reference’ genome sequences for all eukaryotic species in the Atlantic archipelago (Britain and Ireland). The project includes a wide range of partners across the UK such as the National History Museum (NHM), Kew Gardens, The Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh, The Earlham Institute, Wytham Woods and the Marine Biological Association (MBA).

About the Role:

As an Advanced Research Assistant, you will be responsible for assisting with the day to day running and organisation of a shared laboratory, working collaboratively with others in the team as well as across the institute. The role will include supporting 2 critical tasks:

  1. Routine throughput of samples through upstream wet-lab processes, from dissection to nucleic acid purification, and preparation of extractions for submission to sequencing laboratories.  Process optimisation, efficiencies and scaling will be a focus of R&D work.
  2. Genomics R&D: to be successful the Tree of Life Programme will need to overcome multiple R&D hurdles in the areas of DNA/RNA extraction, HiC, haplotagging and library preparation. The postholder will support this effort by running and analysing multiple experiments, including using multiple kits/protocols in parallel and assessing their effectiveness.

About You:

You will be an excellent communicator and have experience of working collaboratively with others in a professional environment. You will be organised with the ability to work flexibly to support a number of projects and changing priorities.

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Technicians Commitment
Salary per annum
27,788 - 33,624
Full Time, Part Time, Flexible Working
Full Time/Flexible working considered
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Contract Length
3 years
Closing Date
20th June 2021
Job Reference

Essential Skills

Technical Skills:

  • A biological sciences degree (BSc or equivalent) 
  • Significant experience in molecular biology techniques including DNA extraction and RNA extraction 
  • Excellent organisation and record keeping skills 
  • Basic computer skills, including data entry and management 
  • Scientific understanding of troubleshooting and process improvement 

Competencies and Behaviours: 

  • A “can-do” attitude and adaptable when work priorities need to shift 
  • Must be able to work independently and as part of a team 
  • Previous experience demonstrating excellent communication and collaboration skills

Ideal Skills

Technical Skills:

  • Experience working with advanced instrumentation 

Competencies and Behaviours: 

  • Demonstrable success in working to deadlines and with numerous priorities 

Other information

Other Information

While the developments around COVID-19 continue to evolve, the Wellcome Genome Campus is closed for all but essential functions and facilities. The return to campus roadmap is currently underway with some staff starting to migrate back to the Campus from mid-May 2021. People remain at the centre of everything that we do, and the majority of our staff are now working remotely to ensure continuity of operations, making use of remote communication and collaboration tools.

Interviews will be taking place virtually and the successful candidate should expect to be fully supported through remote on-boarding and working from home until the Campus re-opens to all staff. This approach may vary for individuals located overseas and/or where a visa is required and starting will be based on a number of factors, we will be able to provide specialist advice to those affected candidates.

Application Process:

Please apply with your CV and a cover letter outlining how your skills and experience match three of the criteria listed. 

We will only consider applications that have included this.

Applications will be considered and reviewed on an on-going basis and therefore the post may be filled before the closing date  20th June 2021

Further Information: 

You can find out more about our campus here.