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Research Assistant - Teichmann Group

Salary Range: £18,422 to £23,027 plus excellent benefits.

The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute conducts cutting edge genomic research on an unprecedented scale and our laboratory teams play a vital role in enabling and supporting our science.

The Teichmann Group is currently looking for an enthusiastic, highly motivated and technically skilled Research Assistant to carry out both routine and more bespoke laboratory protocols and procedures including: RNA/DNA extraction, PCR, SMART-Seq2, NGS library preparation. Training will be provided when necessary.

Working as part of the dynamic multi-disciplinary team, they will be helping to provide laboratory solutions and support in diverse projects.

The successful candidate will be able to work independently, have good communication skills and interact well with the both the team and senior staff.

They will be expected to take a collaborative and pragmatic approach when planning the work schedules in order to prioritise effectively. 

Job Reference

Essential Skills

  • Biological degree with laboratory experience
  • Good Laboratory Practice
  • Prior experience of using common PC packages Excel/Word
  • Good understanding and experience of relevant molecular biology techniques
  • Ability to organise own workload 
  • Ability to work independently and within a group but be able to recognise when to seek help 
  • Ability to keep good records
  • Ability to work to a schedule and successfully manage and prioritise multiple competing projects
  • Good understanding of laboratory Health and Safety issues 
  • Adaptability to changing priorities & workloads, and learning new skills 

Ideal Skills

  • Experience of cell culture
  • Experience of writing risk assessments

Other information

The Sanger Institute is a charitably funded research centre focused on understanding the role of genetics in health and disease. We use state of the art large-scale genomic approaches to drive world-leading projects to uncover the basis of genetic and infectious disease. Our goal is to provide results that can be translated into diagnostics, treatments or therapies that reduce global health burdens.

The Institute is located near Cambridge, UK 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 will soon host Genomics England Limited’s 100,000 Genomes Sequencing Centre. The Campus is also home to the Wellcome Genome Campus Courses, Conferences and Public Engagement (CCPE) programme. The CCPE programme delivers training and engagement focussed around genomics, its applications, and implications.  Its vision is to inspire a range of audiences both on the Campus and beyond it, and make the world of genomics open and accessible to all.

To help researchers to develop their skills and networks, the Institute hosts a range of scientific seminars with internal and invited speakers, scientific group meetings and skills development workshops. In addition the Campus is home to the Wellcome Trust Advanced Course and Scientific Conferences programme and the Wellcome Trust Conference Centre.

Our Benefits include: Defined Contribution Pension Scheme, Group Income Protection, Healthcare scheme, Childcare Vouchers, Workplace Nursery and 25 days Annual Leave, increasing by one day per year up to a maximum of 30, plus Bank Holidays. We also have a gym, two cafes, dining facilities, and a free campus bus service. Our thriving Sports and Social Club provides many opportunities to meet with people working across the campus.

Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute welcomes applications from all candidates irrespective of age, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religion or belief, or marital or civil partnership status.

Please include a covering letter and CV with your application.  

Closing date for applications:  6th December 2016however applications will be considered and reviewed on an on-going basis and therefore the post may be filled before the deadline.