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Research Assistant

Salary in the region of £19,273 to £23,320 per annum plus benefits

Fixed Term Contract - 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 based assay plates. Good communication skills are essential to co-ordinate work closely with other team members.

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.

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 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.

Please include a covering letter and CV with your application

Closing date for applications: 9th April 2018