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Advanced Research Assistant - Malaria Genomics

Salary range £26,693 to £32,299 (dependant on experience) plus excellent benefits

Fixed term for 2 years

We are seeking a highly motivated individual to join the Malaria Programme as an Advanced Research Assistant.  The Sanger Malaria Programme leads multiple large collaborative research projects on the genomic epidemiology of malaria that builds on our work with MalariaGEN partners in over 40 countries (

This is an exciting time to join our team as we are beginning a paradigm where genomic surveillance is integrated into malaria control and elimination decision making. To achieve this, we are working in close partnership with researchers and clinicians in malaria endemic countries on have three complementary areas of work:

- OPERATIONAL - We operate high-throughput sample and data pipelines that support large-scale scientific initiatives for human, parasite and vector genomes.

- RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT - We optimise methods for sample collection and processing, develop standardised data processing pipelines, and developing genotyping and sequencing technologies.

- TRANSLATION - We are working closely with a small number of partners to develop and implement local sequencing capacity in malaria endemic regions including amplicon sequencing and mobile technologies such as Oxford nanopore.

As a member of our laboratory team, you will have the opportunity to implement, develop, assist and scale-up existing and novel protocols for Plasmodium and Anopheles sample collection and processing. You will independently carry out both routine and R&D work of laboratory protocols and procedures as defined by the scientific objectives in a consistently efficient, accurate and precise manner. You will also be involved in the development and establishment of mobile sequencing protocols for Plasmodium and Anopheles.

Job Reference

Essential Skills

  • Undergraduate degree in Biological Science (BSc) or equivalent 
  • Good communication and organisational skills 
  • Computer literate 
  • Ability to follow instructions accurately, efficiently, and to work without supervision 
  • Ability to undertake basic trouble shooting and solve simple problems 
  • Good attention to detail 
  • Good organisation and adaptability to regularly changing priorities and workloads 

Ideal Skills

  • Graduate experience in a laboratory environment, preferably in biological science 
  • Experience in a high-throughput environment 
  • Experience in data entry and sample tracking 
  • Experience in operation of liquid handling robotic equipment 

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: 26th April 2018