Research Administrator - Tree of Life

The Opportunity:

Tree of Life is a major new scientific programme at the Wellcome Sanger Institute, aiming to transform the biological sciences by generating and analysing high quality genome reference sequences for all life on earth. Working in collaboration with partners worldwide, Tree of Life aims to lead the way in both quality and quantity of new genome sequencing, and in the timely and effective analysis of these data. The Programme’s science is based on the delivery at scale of data that will support conservation and management science, biotechnological innovation and basic biological understanding of all life on this planet. The Programme has a growing portfolio of core and externally funded major projects. This role will assist the programme lead, faculty members and Delivery and Operations (D&O) Team in the delivery of the scientific work and coordination of the programme. 

About the Team:

This role sits within the Tree of Life D&O team, which includes Assembly, Curation, Administration, Sample Management, ToL Lab, IT, Data Analytics, Communications, Public Engagement, Wildlife Compliance and Informatics Infrastructure sub-teams. The team includes ~20 people and is supported by an offshore IT development team. 

About the Role:

This key role will provide comprehensive operational and administrative support to enable the delivery of programme goals, working with teams from across the Sanger Institute (such as Legal, HR, Scientific Operations and Management Operations). Grant support, events management, financial management and supporting programme recruitment are all key aspects of this role.

About you:

You will be a self-motivated scientific administrator with an interest in biology and biodiversity and a passion to support this ambitious genomics programme. You will have either a previous scientific qualification or experience of working within a scientific environment and evidence of providing research administration support. 

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Athena Swan
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Working Families
Salary per annum
37,104 - 43,549
Full Time, Part Time, Flexible Working
Full Time/ Part Time/Flexible Working
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Closing Date
10th May 2021
Contract Length
3 years
Job Reference

Essential Skills

  • Educated to degree level in a scientific subject (E)
  • Previous experience of working in a science programme or equivalent environment (E)
  • Experience of coordinating briefing materials across a range of subjects (E)
  • Knowledge and understanding of scientific third party funding (E)
  • Ability to apply project management methodologies as required (E)
  • Exceptional organiser with the ability to prioritise and manage a diverse work load (E)
  • Ability to write and structure reports (E)


Ideal Skills

  • Good understanding of the governance and regulation of the use of animal samples including Nagoya, Wildlife and Human Compliance (D)
  • Previous Experience working with RCP (D) 

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 your CV by 10th May 2021 closing date.