Advanced Research Assistant

Salary £24,589 to £30,995 plus excellent benefits. 

Fixed term for 3 years.

The Voet team develops and uses cutting-edge molecular biology methods to study single cells to answer questions in areas including mammalian and human development as well as cancer biology. We use assays that can process tens, hundreds or thousands of cells in parallel, and are working on approaches to take multiple measurements from the same cell. Recent publications include development of the “G&T-seq” protocol, which captures both DNA and RNA from single cells.

We are looking to recruit a highly motivated Advanced Research Assistant with extensive experience in molecular biology techniques to assist in novel protocol development for single-cell analyses, scientific research projects by performing complex single-cell experiments and provide core laboratory support. Your role would include exposure to multiple novel technologies and protocols as well as being the organisational centre of our lab. 

Job Reference

Essential Skills

  • BSc. in Biological Sciences and/or relevant laboratory/research experience
  • Good Laboratory Practice
  • Good understanding of relevant molecular biology techniques
  • Extensive experience with standard molecular biology techniques – DNA/RNA/protein work
  • Ability to run and document experiments that are split over several days
  • Ability to organise own workload
  • Ability to work independently and within a group, but be able to recognise when to seek help from other team members
  • Ability to self-study molecular biology techniques
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Good problem-solving skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to keep good records
  • Prior experience of using common PC packages Excel/Word

Ideal Skills

  • Knowledge of next-generation sequencing technologies
  • Experience in preparing next-generation sequencing libraries
  • Experience of cell culture
  • Experience of using liquid handling robots
  • Experience of high throughput assays (e.g. screens, microarrays, microfluidics)
  • Experience with single-cell molecular biology work

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: 16th July 2017 , however applications will be considered and reviewed on an on-going basis and therefore the post may be filled before the deadline.