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Senior Staff Scientist

Salary in the region of £43,182 - £52,250 (dependant on experience) plus excellent benefits


Malaria remains a major global health challenge, with current control measures threatened by antimalarial drug resistance and the lack of an effective vaccine. The Sanger Institute Malaria Programme generates and analyses large-scale datasets in order to understand Plasmodium biology, and identify and prioritise new drug and vaccine targets.

We are currently advertising for a Senior Staff Scientist role to inspire and lead a small highly functioning team delivering large-scale experimental genetics screens in malaria parasites. Building on technologies that have been previously developed and applied by the team, and published in Nature Methods and Cell, you will manage a pipeline that will deliver hundreds of transgenic human malaria parasites. The Sanger Institute is a deeply collaborative environment, and you will serve as a key liaison point between multiple faculty teams in the Malaria Programme, and core teams within Sanger Scientific Operations.

You will have a deep and extensive post-doctoral background in molecular biology and experimental genetics technologies, preferably including working with malaria parasites. You will be a strong team-player, a self-starter, inherently inclusive and collaborative, and keen to make the most of this exciting opportunity. Sanger is committed to diversity and inclusion, and we encourage applications from the widest possible range of applicants.

Job Reference

Essential Skills

  • PhD (or equivalent qualification) in a relevant subject
  • 3+ years postdoctoral research experience 
  • Significant experience in molecular biology and reverse genetics technologies, as evidenced by publications centering on the development or application of experimental genetics 
  • Experience and proven success in developing multifaceted research projects 
  • Good collaborator 
  • Good communicator 
  • Good at quickly developing and implementing new technologies 
  • Experience in training and guiding others


Ideal Skills

  • Previous line management responsibility 
  • Knowledge, skills and practical lab experience in research on the biology or genetics of human malaria parasites 

Other information

The Wellcome Sanger Institute is a charitably funded research centre and committed to training the next generation of genome scientists. Focused on 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. We aim to provide results that can be translated into diagnostics, treatments or therapies that reduce global health burdens. Our science is large-scale and organised into Programmes, led by our Faculty who conceive and deliver our science, and supported by our Scientific Operations teams responsible for all data production pipelines at the Institute. 

Our Campus: Set over 125 acresthe 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 extraordinary scientific community, committed to delivering life-changing science with the reach, scale and imagination to solve some of humanity’s greatest challenges.  

The Campus is a community of organisations working in genomic research, enterprise, education and discourse. It is home to some of the world's foremost institutes and organisations in genomics and computational biology, including the Wellcome Sanger Institute which is the largest organisation on Campus, the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), Open Targets and Genomics England.  Also located here is Connecting Science - its mission is to enable everyone to explore genomic science and its impact on research, health and society by drawing on the ground-breaking research taking place on the Campus.

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.

Genome Research Limited is an Equal Opportunity employer. As part of our commitment to gender equality and promoting women’s careers in science, we hold an Athena SWAN Bronze Award. We will consider all 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: 29th April 2018