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Advanced Research Assistant

Salary range £25,411 to £30,995 per annum depending on experience 

We are seeking a self-motivated and enthusiastic Advanced Research Assistant to join the DNA Illumina high-throughput Team within the DNA Pipelines department at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.

The DNA Pipelines department (DNAP) has a central role within WTSI, delivering high quality data to our faculty and their collaborators over a range of techniques and platforms. These include, but are not limited to, Sequencing using Illumina & PacBio technologies, Genotyping using Illumina, Agena BioScience and Fluidigm technologies and BioNano Genome mapping.  We have a Sample Logistics team providing import and export of samples globally and internally. 

This is a laboratory based role where you will be responsible for generating DNA libraries in a high throughput environment using a variety of automation platforms (Tecan, Agilent Bravo and Beckman Coulter BioMek liquid handling platforms). Working as part of a team you will be expected to plan, organise and schedule own workload in line with priorities, interpret results to a pass / fail level and maintain equipment to ensure it is fit for purpose and operating within set validation criteria. The successful candidate will also be expected to help with the day to day running of the laboratory and be active and keep track of their own training records.  

Excellent knowledge and practical experience of at least one of the platforms currently used in DNAP is a prerequisite for this role. Excellent organisational and planning skills in a busy environment would also be essential along with experience in the use of LIMS software.

You will have a strong understanding of the team product portfolio and the scientific theory underpinning the processes.

Job Reference

Essential Skills

  • BSc in a biological science or equivalent experience.
  • Excellent knowledge and practical experience in relevant techniques to the role.
  • Previous work experience as a technician / research assistant in a molecular biology laboratory.
  • Ability to correctly interpret scientific data.
  • Excellent organisational and planning skills in managing competing priorities in a busy environment.
  • A high level of interpersonal and communications skills.
  • Proven track record of consistent delivery in terms of volume/speed/quality.
  • Computer literate: Microsoft Office programmes including Word and Excel.

Ideal Skills

  • Computer literate: LIMS experience.
  • Basic programming of automation platforms.
  • Experience with automation and high-throughput assays.

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.

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, 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.

Closing date for applications: 31st December 2017