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Faculty Positions at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute

The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute is seeking talented scientists to join its Faculty to contribute to and develop its scientific portfolio.

The Institute is an internationally renowned genomic research centre, 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. By using high-throughput approaches and state-of-the-art platforms in sequencing, model organisms and cell genetics, we free our researchers to concentrate on biological questions in a way that is only possible in a few institutions around the world. As a result, we have built an exceptional record in publishing leading research, delivering first-class resources and training the next generation. We also play an important role in many national and international consortia. The result is a unique, vibrant and interactive research environment with synergies and cross-fertilisation of ideas across and between programmes.

The Institute is co-located on the 100 acre Genome Campus with the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), the Wellcome Trust Conference Centre and its associated advanced courses and conferences programme. We share a broader vision to develop the Campus as a hub of science, business, advanced scientific training and cultural activities in the area of genetics and genomics. 

We are seeking outstanding scientists at different career stages – from first independent position to senior PIs - with interests across our scientific portfolio:

  • Human Genetics
  • Cancer Genetics & Genomics
  • Pathogen Variation – in particular Parasites and Host and Virus Genetics of Infection
  • Malaria - Population genomics and high throughput experimental genetics
  • Mouse & Zebrafish Genetics
  • Computational Genomics  
  • Cellular Genetics

Positions carry a significant core package of salaries and support backed by competitive employment terms including excellent benefits and relocation support.

Applications from women, who are under-represented in our Faculty, are particularly encouraged, although we welcome approaches from any scientists with relevant research interests. We seek to provide a supportive family friendly environment to enable scientists at all levels to balance their professional and home lives. This includes options for flexible and part-time working, an on-site nursery and childcare voucher scheme.  

Further information on all aspects of being a Faculty member at the Sanger Institute can be found in the Supporting Information document - please see the document link below.


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General enquiries should be directed to

For informal discussion, contact Helen Atkinson in the first instance (+44) 01223 496979

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.


Closing date for applications: 16th December 2013