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Research Assistant

Salary in the region of £19,273 to £22,000 per annum plus benefits

We are seeking a highly motivated and flexible individual to join us as a Research Assistant. As a Research Assistant you will be working the laboratory where you will be responsible for performing either routine techniques in a high throughput environment or niche processes in a bespoke environment in line with SOP’s.

The DNA Pipelines department (DNAP) has a central role within Wellcome Sanger Institute, 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 team also offers extraction services utilising Qiagen technologies.

You will work as part of a team and you'll produce quality data within defined timeframes and assist with the everyday running of the laboratory.

We will consider applications from recent graduates in a scientific discipline looking to start a career in molecular biology and gain experience in a range of techniques.

Job Reference

Essential Skills

  • BSc in a biological science or relevant lab experience.
  • A basic and general understanding of molecular biology and associated practical techniques relevant to the role.
  • Good manual dexterity and attention to detail; quality driven.
  • Excellent organisational and planning skills in handling a variety of priorities in a busy environment.
  • A high level of interpersonal and communications skills.
  • Ability to work accurately and efficiently, correctly interpret scientific data and work without supervision.
  • Computer-literate: Microsoft Office programmes including Word and Excel.

Other information

The Wellcome Sanger Institute is a charitably funded research centre and committed to training the next generation of genome scientists. Passionate about understanding the role of genetics in health and disease and a world leader in the genomic revolution, our mission is to use genome sequences to advance understanding of human and pathogen biology in order to improve human health.

Our Campus: Set over 125 acres, the stunning and dynamic Wellcome Genome Campus is the biggest aggregate concentration of people in the world working on the common theme of Genomes and BioData. It brings together a diverse and exceptional scientific community, committed to delivering life-changing science with the reach, scale and imagination to pursue some of humanity’s greatest challenges.

Our Benefits: Our employees have access to a comprehensive range of benefits and facilities including:

  • Group Defined Contribution Pension Scheme and Life Assurance
  • Group Income Protection
  • Private Health Insurance
  • 25 days annual leave, increasing by one day a year to a maximum of 30
  • Family friendly environment including options for flexible and part-time working, a childcare voucher scheme and Campus Nursery
  • Two days paid Employee Volunteering Leave a year
  • Employee Discount Scheme
  • Campus Gym, tennis courts, cricket pitch and sports hall plus a range of dining facilities
  • Active Campus Sports and Social Club
  • Free Campus Bus Service

Genome Research Limited is an Equal Opportunity employer. As part of our dedication to gender equality and promoting women’s careers in science, we hold an Athena SWAN Bronze Award. We will consider all qualified applicants without discrimination on grounds of disability, sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity leave status, race or national or ethnic origin, age, religion or belief, gender identity or re-assignment, marital or civil partnership status, protected veteran status (if applicable) or any other characteristic protected by law.

Closing date: 7th April 2018