Genome Note Editor- Tree of Life

The Opportunity:

This is an opportunity to join the most ambitious genomics programme in history as we attempt to sequence the genomes of all eukaryotic life in Britain and, with our partners in the Earth Biogenome Project, the full biodiversity of life on Earth. One of the key challenges for this programme is the timely release of all the data that we generate. This role will take responsibility for the production and release of the genome note micropublications (see as an example) required for each species sequenced and assembled.


About the Team:

This role sits within the Tree of Life Delivery and Operations Team (D&O) which includes Administration, Sample Management, ToL Lab, IT, Data Analytics and Informatics Infrastructure sub-teams. The team consists of 20 people and is supported by an offshore IT development team.


About the Role:

This role will be responsible for drafting all genome notes, working collaboratively with programme members and systems to ensure the accuracy of the information included. You will be required to maintain appropriate records of genome note progress and support the social media used to disseminate the completed publications. You will also work with the informatics and IT teams to develop automation of the genome note writing process to allow for publication at scale.

About You:

 You will be a self-motivated biology graduate, or have comparable experience, with an interest in biology and biodiversity. You will have previous experience of writing scientific publications, and will have good experience of working flexibly and in collaboration with a range of parties. Editorial experience and knowledge of programming would be an advantage. This role could be suitable for a graduate and/or a research assistant looking to gain more experience with publications.

Salary per annum
Full Time or Part Time
Full Time
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Contract Length
12 months
Job Reference

Essential Skills

  • Biological sciences degree  or equivalent experience
  • Evidence of writing scientific publications 
  • Adaptability and ability to proactively problem solve, responding to and dealing with new challenges as they arise 
  • Able to work effectively under pressure 
  • Ability to work flexibly and collaboratively 
  • Solution focused 
  • Able to build and maintain strong working relationships 

Ideal Skills

  • Biological sciences PhD 
  • Editorial experience 
  • Experience of programming, databases and digital publication 

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.

Application Process:

Please apply with a CV and Cover letter outlining your suitability for the role.

Closing Date: 12/11/20

About Us

The Wellcome Sanger Institute is a world leading genomics research centre. Our findings are used to improve health and to understand life on Earth.

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 
  • 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

In 2020 we were 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.