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Advanced Research Assistant - Tree of Life Programme

Salary in the region of £26,960 - £32,622 (dependent on experience) plus excellent benefits

Fixed term for 3 years

We are looking for an Advanced Research Assistant to become part of the new Tree of Life Programme. The successful applicant will assist with the day to day running and organisation of a shared lab, while working collaboratively with others in the lab and across the institute to deliver on Darwin Tree of Life Project sample extraction and submission.  We are looking for a person who has great attention to detail, good laboratory practice, and excellent interpersonal skills.

You will work as part of a team, focused on processing samples from a wide variety of animals, plants, and fungi. Sample processing will range from RNA extractions to standard DNA extractions to high molecular weight extractions, and you will often need to test and evaluate multiple approaches in parallel. You’ll be comfortable handling large numbers of samples. The role requires someone who will pay particular attention to detail and sample tracking.

The major aspects of your role will be running projects in the molecular lab and helping keep track of projects and samples.  However, we also often have new projects that require creativity and independent research to implement, and we are looking for a creative problem solver who takes initiative and has genuine interest in helping all projects succeed.

This position requires someone who will be good at balancing many different demands on their time, while also taking a role in keeping the shared lab running smoothly. As the Tree of Life Programme grows, this position has great potential to offer career progression to Senior Research Assistant.

We value diversity and we welcome applications from anyone regardless of their gender, age, race, sexual orientation, religion, disability, nationality, or their requirement for part time or flexible working hours due to childcare or other commitments.

Job Reference

Essential Skills

  • A biological sciences degree (BSc or equivalent)
  • Significant experience in molecular biology techniques including DNA extraction, RNA extraction, qPCR
  • Must be able to work independently and as part of a team
  • A “can-do” attitude and adaptable when work priorities need to shift
  • Excellent organisation and record keeping skills
  • Basic computer skills, including data entry and management
  • Scientific understanding of troubleshooting and process improvement
  • Previous experience demonstrating excellent communication and collaboration skills

Ideal Skills

  • Experience of cell culture work, being used to working under sterile conditions.
  • Demonstrable success in working to deadlines and with numerous priorities
  • Experience working with cell sorters

Other information

The Wellcome Sanger Institute is a charitably funded research centre and committed to training the next generation of genome scientists. Focused on understanding the role of genetics in health and disease and a world leader in the genomic revolution, our mission is to use genome sequences to advance understanding of human and pathogen biology in order to improve human health. We aim to provide results that can be translated into diagnostics, treatments or therapies that reduce global health burdens. Our science is large-scale and organised into Programmes, led by our Faculty who conceive and deliver our science, and supported by our Scientific Operations teams responsible for all data production pipelines at the Institute. 

Our Campus: Set over 125 acres, the stunning and dynamic Wellcome Genome Campus is the biggest aggregate concentration of people in the world working on the common theme of Genomes and BioData. It brings together a diverse and exceptional scientific community, committed to delivering life-changing science with the reach, scale and imagination to pursue some of humanity’s greatest challenges.

Our Benefits: Our employees have access to a comprehensive range of benefits and facilities including:

  • Group Defined Contribution Pension Scheme and Life Assurance
  • Group Income Protection
  • Private Health Insurance
  • 25 days annual leave, increasing by one day a year to a maximum of 30
  • Family friendly environment including options for flexible and part-time working, a childcare voucher scheme, Campus Nursery and Summer holiday club
  • Two days paid Employee Volunteering Leave a year
  • Employee Discount Scheme
  • Campus Gym, tennis courts and sports hall plus a range of dining facilities
  • Active Campus Sports and Social Club
  • Free Campus Bus Service

Genome Research Limited hold an Athena SWAN Bronze Award and will consider all individuals without discrimination and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees, where everyone can thrive.

Please include a covering letter and CV with your application. Closing date for applications: 22nd June 2019