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Senior Technical Assistant - Cellular Generation & Phenotyping

Starting salary:  £18,422 plus excellent benefits

Do you enjoy working in a team? Are you meticulous?

We are seeking a self-motivated and enthusiastic Technician to support the Cellular Generation & Phenotyping [CGaP] facility.

The CGaP facility is responsible for developing and delivering complex and large scale cell biology projects to support the breadth of scientific programs at the Sanger Institute.   The current portfolio of projects includes the generation of human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) and organoid lines, the differentiation and characterisation of the iPSC lines and the running of large scale CRISPR screens in cancer cell lines. Upcoming projects include differentiation of iPSCs into macrophages and challenge with stimuli, differentiation of iPSCs into neuronal precursors and cortical neurons and generation of P. falciparum mutants for a malaria project.

The successful individual will be a key member of the department, enabling the delivery of multiple cell biology projects via supporting multiple teams by providing supplies of tissue culture, media, buffers and consumables for the smooth running of the facilities projects.  The post holder's main responsibilities will be to ensure that the necessary culture media and matrix plates are generated in a timely manner dependent on demand.  It will be important to follow good housekeeping and health and safety guidelines to ensure a clean and safe working environment and you must be able to manage your time effectively with regularly changing priorities and workloads using agreed procedures and practices.

This is an excellent opportunity for a candidate who enjoys working as part of a team knowing your efforts contribute to the wider goals of the department and the institute. This work requires absolute accuracy, attention to detail and concentration for high throughput generation of a variety of complicated materials.

Please note this role will involve:

  • Regular exposure to -20 and -80 degree Celsius temperatures, during weekly resource rotation. 
  • Requirement for weekend/ public holiday working.
Job Reference

Essential Skills

  • Good level of numeracy and literacy
  • Effective team worker
  • Good organisational skills.
  • Good communication and willingness to present at team meetings.
  • Previous laboratory experience
  • Good hand/eye co-ordination
  • Capable use of computers
  • Able to complete work to tight timelines.

Ideal Skills

  • Good aseptic technique
  • Cell culture experience
  • Knowledge of standard PC software e.g excel and ability to adapt to learn new ones.

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 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. Its mission is to enable everyone to explore genomic science and its impact on research, health and society.

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.

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: 2nd April 2017