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Research Assistant

Salary in the region of £19,000 plus excellent benefits

Fixed term for 2 years 

The Genomics of Drug Sensitivity in Cancer group focuses on understanding the consequences of alterations in the DNA of cancer cells. We do this at scale using multiple approaches including drug sensitivity screens in cancer cell models. Vulnerabilities within cancer cells identified from the data generated can then be exploited as novel drug targets or as genetic markers for patient selection.

To support this research we are seeking a Research Assistant to join the drug sensitivity screening team to perform high-throughput viability assays in cell lines and organoid models. The role will be based in the laboratory focusing on culturing the cell models, preparing and processing micro-well assay plates. 

The screening team manages over 1000 cancer cell models requiring individuals to demonstrate excellent organisational and time management skills in order to meet project deadlines and weekly schedules. The biological assays utilise state of the art automation platforms and sample management systems to process and track experiments through the lab. Experience in cell culture and associated techniques or high-throughput laboratories would be an advantage although not essential. The highly integrated work requires excellent communication skills to co-ordinate tasks, equipment and model information between team members.

The working week for this position includes Saturday however we are open to discuss the most suitable pattern for the remaining four days (Monday-Friday).

Job Reference

Essential Skills

BSc (or equivalent) in a biological science or significant laboratory experience.

Experience working within a laboratory environment.

Ability to follow instructions/protocols accurately & efficiently.

Proven ability to work effectively within a team.

Ability to work independently and organise own workload.

Good manual dexterity & attention to detail.

Excellent communication skills.

Computer literate.

Ideal Skills

Experience using cell culture techniques.

Experience working within a high throughput laboratory environment.

Experience operating liquid-handling robotics.

Demonstrated ability to adapt to regularly changing priorities & workloads.

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: 8th January 2018