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Associate Faculty Positions in Global Pathogen Surveillance

The Wellcome Sanger Institute is seeking exceptional scientists to help develop its scientific portfolio in global pathogen surveillance, as part of the Sanger Associate Faculty programme.

The Institute is an internationally renowned genome research centre with approximately 36 core faculty teams and 1,100 employees based south of Cambridge. Our mission is to use genome sequences to advance understanding of the biology of humans and pathogens in order to improve human health. With core infrastructure for large-scale genome research, we enable our researchers to concentrate on biological questions across a diverse range of genomic science. The result is a unique, vibrant and interactive research environment with synergies and cross-fertilisation of ideas, and many international collaborations.

These new Associate Faculty positions will be linked to the Parasites and Microbes Programme ( ) which is expanding its research on the evolutionary dynamics of infectious disease.   Our goal is to chart the evolutionary trajectory of important pathogen and vector species by genomic analysis of longitudinally collected samples at multiple locations around the world, in collaboration with a large international network of researchers and disease control programmes.  We welcome candidates who will develop new ways to translate genomic data into decision support tools that will enable national and international public health agencies to control and eventually eliminate major endemic diseases of the developing world.

We would particularly welcome applicants with expertise in mathematical and computational aspects of pathogen and vector genomic surveillance, including integration of genomic data with other data sources to model transmission dynamics and the evolution of resistance, and developing decision support algorithms for disease control interventions.  We would also welcome applicants who have held senior positions in disease control programmes or international policy bodies, and who have developed expertise in building, commissioning or using surveillance tools to guide or monitor disease control interventions.

The successful candidates will not be employed by the Institute, but will be expected to spend between 10-20% of their time focused on the development of their Sanger research programme, contributing to the scientific life of the Institute.  Associate Faculty positions are accompanied with start-up funding to establish a small, independent team, engaged in research that cannot be conducted at their home organisation and enhanced by the Institute’s platforms, systems, and infrastructure.  Associate Faculty will be expected to secure third party funding to support their research endeavour.

Associate Faculty Requirements

  • Associated with an institute of higher learning or research centre
  • Able to devote time to developing a research programme at Sanger
Job Reference

Essential Skills

  • Demonstrated record of scientific accomplishment
  • Effective communicator with a clear scientific vision
  • Effective collaborator who can engage colleagues, students and decision-makers
  • Demonstrates inclusivity and respect for all
  • Is flexible and adaptable to changing circumstances 

Other information

The Institute is located on the stunning Wellcome Genome Campus. This growing and dynamic site is the British hub of genomic science. It hosts the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI), Open Targets, a Biodata Innovation Centre and host Genomics England Limited’s 100,000 Genomes Sequencing Centre. The Campus is also home to Wellcome Trust Conference Centre and the Wellcome Genome Campus Connecting Science. Connecting Science inspires new thinking, sparks conversation and supports learning by drawing on the ground-breaking research taking place on the Campus.

Application enquiries should be directed to

For a discussion about the role, contact Steven Zemke in the first instance (+44) 01223 499923

Applications should be accompanied by:

  • Curriculum vitae, complete list of publications and details of three referees;
  • A two page description summarising scientific achievements to date; and
  • A three page outline of future research plans indicating how these fit with, contribute to and make use of Sanger programmes and infrastructure.

We encourage applicants to reach out to our research programmes and invidual Group Leaders prior to submitting an application.

Closing date for applications: 11th August 2019