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Research Assistant - Vallier Team

Salary range: £18,422 to £23027pa plus excellent benefits.

Fixed term contract 12 months with possibility of renewal. 

We are seeking a self-motivated and enthusiastic Research Assistant for a role that will be part of Professor Ludovic Vallier’s group at the Sanger Institute.  The team studies the basic mechanisms that drive the differentiation of human pluripotent stem cells into endoderm progenitors, from which the pancreas, lung, gut and liver originate. 

The specific project on which the post-holder will assist is designed to study genetic risk factors associated with diabetes and utilises single cell sequence analysis of multiple human ipsc lines differentiated into the pancreatic lineage.  The individual will be trained in the culture, maintenance and differentiation of induced pluripotent stem cells by experienced staff in the pancreatic genetics team. The post holder will be involved in implementing innovative cell culture protocols and assays to support their project. The role involves significant interaction with other teams at the institute and significant opportunities for development in different technologies will appear

The successful candidate will be an excellent communicator to keep both the team and senior staff fully apprised of progress; they will be expected to take a collaborative and pragmatic approach when planning the work schedules in order to prioritise effectively.

Some weekend cell culture is anticipated in this role.

Job Reference

Essential Skills

  • BSc in Biology or equivalent experience in laboratory work including running routine cellular analyses
  • Expertise in mammalian cell culture
  • Ability to follow instructions accurately, efficiently & to work without supervision
  • Team oriented approach
  • Good troubleshooting ability
  • Attention to detail
  • Strong communication skills 

Ideal Skills

  • Experience in maintenance and differentiation of hIPSCs
  • Proven track record in generating and analysing high quality data

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 is 28th April 2017, however applications will be considered and reviewed on an on-going basis and therefore the post may be filled before the deadline.