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Associate Faculty Positions in Cell Atlasing

The Wellcome Sanger Institute is seeking exceptional scientists to join the Institute as Associate Faculty, contributing to the Institute’s scientific portfolio in the area of Cell Atlasing.

The Institute is an internationally outstanding genomic research centre with approximately 40 core faculty teams and 1,100 employees based south of Cambridge. Our mission is to use genome sequences to advance understanding of the biology of humans and pathogens in order to improve human health. With core funding and state-of-the-art platforms in sequencing, model organisms, cellular genetics and IT, we enable our researchers to concentrate on biological questions across a diverse range of genomic and genetic science, in both independent studies and large-scale collaborations. The result is a unique, vibrant and interactive research environment with synergies and cross-fertilisation of ideas across and between programmes. 

We welcome candidates who will bring new areas of research and ideas to the ongoing research in Human Cell Atlas consortium and the Cellular Genetics Programme.  We have a particular interest in identifying and developing new techniques and partnerships in computational and statistical approaches for biological data analysis, including machine learning/artificial intelligence, in scaling of spatial methods by microscopy or sequencing, in systematic approaches to human tissue acquisition and handling, including clinical metadata acquisition.  Applications from exceptional individuals who have a different scientific focus within fields related to Cellular Genetics research are also welcome. 

The successful candidates will not be employed by the Institute, but will be expected to spend between 10-20% of their time focused on the development of their Sanger research programme, contributing to the scientific life of the Institute.  Associate Faculty positions are accompanied with start-up funding to establish a small, independent team, engaged in research that cannot be conducted at their home organisation and enhanced by the Institute’s platforms, systems, and infrastructure.  Associate Faculty will be expected to secure third party funding to support their research endeavour.

Associate Faculty Requirements

  • Associated with a institute of higher learning or research centre
  • Easy accessibility to the Wellcome Genome Campus
Job Reference

Essential Skills

  • Demonstrated record of scientific accomplishment
  • Effective communicator with an ability to develop and maintain relationships inside and outside area of expertise
  • Has a clear vision and is able to communicate this vision
  • Demonstrates inclusivity and respect for all
  • Can engage stakeholders, learners and decision-makers
  • Is flexible and adaptable to changing circumstances 

Other information

The Institute is located 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 also hosts Genomics England Limited’s 100,000 Genomes Sequencing Centre. The Campus is also home to Wellcome Conference Centre and the 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.

Application enquiries should be directed to

For a discussion about the role, contact Steven Zemke in the first instance (+44) 01223 499923

Applications should be accompanied by:

  • Curriculum vitae, complete list of publications and details of three referees
  • A two page description summarising scientific achievements to date
  • A three page outline of future research plans indicating how these fit with, contribute to and make use of Sanger programmes and infrastructure.

We encourage applicants to reach out to our research programmes and indivduals Group Leaders in prior to submitting an application.

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.

Closing date for applications: 13 May 2018