Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Team Leader

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Team Leader

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Team Leader

The Opportunity:

We have an exciting new opportunity for an Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning (AI/ML) specialist to join the Wellcome Sanger Institute Cellular Genetics Programme team.

About the Team/Projects:

The Cellular Genetics programme focus on cell-atlasing and cellular genetics. The programme uses these approaches to map cells in the human body combining cutting-edge methodologies and computational approaches. This enables the understanding of the identity of cells, how they are regulated, the relationships between them and how this can change during development, health, disease and ageing.  To interpret these large data sets, multiple scientists and research groups in the Cellular Genetics programme have been using machine learning and artificial intelligence methods. In order to invest in this area more systematically, the programme is now seeking a dedicated team leader developing AI and machine learning methodologies to process and interpret single cell genomics and spatial methods based on next generation sequencing and imaging.

About the Role:

You will be responsible for devising, leading and implementing the AI/ML strategy in collaboration with programme faculty and IT teams. You will support the programme’s research aims by evaluating methodologies, developing and implementing novel approaches and advising on best practice. This will involve working on a number of projects simultaneously with potentially conflicting priorities. You are encouraged to be an active member of the AI/ML community and to share knowledge with the team and wider Institute as appropriate.  

About You:

You will be an expert in AI and ML technologies, ideally with at least basic molecular and cell biological knowledge, with the ability to create an AI strategy that drives innovative approaches to fulfil research aims.

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Essential Skills

  • PHD in Computational Biology
  • Demonstrable experience of leading the development of novel machine learning tools and methodologies
  • Extensive experience in artificial intelligence/machine learning field
  • Detailed knowledge of machine learning languages, for example Tensorflow, PyTorch
  • Experience of working with genomics datasets
  • Experience of working in biological research setting
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Keen eye for detail
  • Experience of supervising team members
  • Proven ability to deliver good quality solutions within fixed timelines
  • Ability to build collaborative working relationships with internal and external stakeholders at all levels
  • Publication record commensurate with experience
  • Experience of team/matrix working structure
  • Excellent influencing skills
  • Promotes diversity and inclusion for all

Ideal Skills

  • Experience of dealing with rapidly changing priorities
  • Highly developed problem solving skills

Other information

Whilst the developments around COVID-19 continue to evolve, the Wellcome Genome Campus is closed for all but essential functions and facilities. 

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.

Please apply with your CV and Cover Letter that outlines your suitability for the role.

Closing Date: 14th August 2020

About Us

The Wellcome Sanger Institute is a world leading genomics research centre. We undertake large-scale research that forms the foundations of knowledge in biology and medicine. Our findings are used to improve health and to understand life on Earth. Find out more at or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Youtube and on our Blog


Our benefits:
There’s an attractive benefits package on offer at the Wellcome Genome Campus. We appreciate the importance of achieving work-life balance and support this with a number of family and carer-friendly policies. Plus a flexible working policy for those who may wish to amend their working pattern or arrangement.
As well as the usual benefits you would expect, we go much further:

  • 25 days annual leave (extra 1 day to a maximum of 30 days for every year you work)
  • Auto-enrolment into a generous Group Defined Contribution Pension Scheme, with enhanced company contribution (for more information, see our Pensions page)
  • Up to 2 days annual paid volunteering leave
  • Up to 10 days paid Emergency Carers Leave per year
  • Family friendly environment including options for flexible and part-time working, an on-site Workplace Nursery salary Sacrifice Schemes for pre-school children and Summer holiday club
  • Life Assurance Cover and a Group Income Protection Scheme (if on a contract of 12 months or more)
  • Enhanced maternity leave and parental leave
  • Access to substantial number of courses and training events onsite
  • Private Healthcare Scheme (after 6 months service)
  • Eyecare and Dental payment plans
  • Concessions and discounts from our corporate perks site

Being part of the Wellcome Genome Campus you will be part of the beautiful working environment with an impressive range of benefits, services and facilities also including:

  • Free bus service to and from Campus, covering various routes around Cambridge, Saffron Walden and surrounding villages
  • A car-share initiative
  • Free parking
  • A number of on-site venues where you can meet, eat and socialise with colleagues
  • A thriving Sports and Social Club which provides members with subsidised access to a gym, tennis courts, sports hall, fitness classes and a vibrant social calendar of events

Find out more about our Wellcome Genome Campus.

We have recently been awarded an Athena SWAN Silver Award. We will consider all individuals without discrimination and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees, where everyone can thrive.