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Research Assistants - Cellular Generation and Phenotyping

Salary range: £18,422 to £21,000pa dependent on experience.

An exciting opportunity for three Research Assistants has arisen!

Three new positions have opened up, two permanent and one fixed term. Deadline for applications is 1st May 2017. 

The Cellular Generation and Phenotyping Core Facility (CGaP) 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. 

We are seeking 3 self-motivated, proactive individuals, interested in starting a career in cell biology. The successful individuals will be key members of the department, helping to deliver multiple cell biology projects.  The successful candidates will be involved in our CRISPR cancer screens, iPSC derivation, and neuronal and macrophage differentiation projects.   Once trained, the Research Assistants will be required to work both individually and as part of a project team to ensure targets are met. They must have good time management skills to enable them to adapt to regularly changing priorities and workloads. They will take on other responsibilities which will aid in the development and running of the department.

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Essential Skills

  • A relevant BSc in a life science subject, or equivalent laboratory experience
  • Mammalian cell culture experience,
  • Good communication and willingness to present at team meetings,
  • Good organisational skills.

This work requires absolute accuracy, attention to detail and concentration for tracking and processing of large numbers of cell lines through a variety of complicated processes. A team player is crucial to ensure we all pull together to achieve the same goals.

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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.

Deadline for applications is 1st May 2017.