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Faculty Position in Cellular Genetics

The Wellcome Sanger Institute is seeking an exceptional early to mid-career stage scientist to join its Core Faculty to lead a research team in Cellular Genetics and contribute to the Institute’s scientific portfolio.

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 with research interests in cell atlasing, including single cell genomics, spatial gene expression methods and computation. We are also looking for candidates who want to apply these methods to specific biomedical research areas, and have expertise in protocol development with respect to tissue acquisition and processing.

Job Reference

Essential Skills

    • Demonstrated record of scientific accomplishment
    • Effective communicator with and ability to develop and maintain relationships inside and outside area of expertise
    • Experience of presenting scientific data to diverse audiences
    • Inspirational, conveys a passion and direction which motivates team; instils pride and feeling of success
    • 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 

Ideal Skills

    • Previous management or supervision of technical/professional individuals and groups
    • Experience of managing projects

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 host 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.

Positions carry a significant core package of salaries and support backed by rewarding and flexible employment terms including excellent benefits and relocation support. For more information on our core benefits please visit: Sanger employee benefits.

We seek to provide a supportive family friendly environment to enable scientists at all levels to balance their professional and home lives. This includes options for flexible and part-time working, support and advice for staff taking maternity, paternity, adoption and parental leave an on-site nursery, Campus summer holiday club and childcare voucher scheme.  

Further information regarding the Institutes faculty and building a career at the Institute can be found at: Faculty teams and Faculty careers. The Institutes faculty mode and  job description can be found below.

For further information on the team and the work Cellular Genetics does please visit: Cellular Genetics Programme

If you require any support with your application or have any enquiries around the process, please direct these to

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

Applications should be made via our Sanger Institute Jobsite and accompanied by:

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

Closing date for applications: 17th June 2018. Interviews will be held in mid-July