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Advanced Research Assistant - Cancer, Ageing and Somatic Mutation Programme

Salary in the region of £26,693 - £32,299 (dependent on experience) plus excellent benefits

Permanent/ Open Contract

We are seeking an enthusiastic advanced research assistant to carry out both routine and more bespoke laboratory protocols and procedures. You will work as part of the support team providing solutions for the Cancer, Ageing and Somatic Mutation Programme led by Peter Campbell and other members of faculty at the Sanger Institute. Supervisory responsibility for the day-to-day operation of the laboratory will be a key requirement of the role and it will be expected that you will be able to use your skills and experience to trouble shoot and innovate where required. Excellent verbal and email communication is essential to keep both the team and senior staff fully appraised of progress.

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Essential Skills

  • Biological degree with laboratory experience  
  • Prior experience of using common PC packages Excel/Word 
  • An excellent understanding and proven practical experience in molecular biology strategies and techniques e.g., nucleic acid isolation and purification and PCR 
  • Good Laboratory Practice 
  • Extensive laboratory experience 
  • Experience of supervising and planning the work of others 
  • Capable of working to a schedule and delivery of a variety of challenging projects simultaneously within agreed deadlines 
  • Ability to test and implement new approaches and techniques including troubleshooting 
  • Ability to organise own workload, and the workloads of others 
  • Ability to work both as part of a team and also independently once appropriate training and guidance have been provided 
  • Excellent communication skills to allow accurate information to be exchanged (verbal, email, telephone) 
  • Computer literate 
  • Ability to keep good records 


Ideal Skills

  • Theoretical understanding of genome engineering techniques including CRISPR/Cas9 
  • Understanding of genotyping techniques (e.g. qPCR, HRMA) 
  • Theoretical understanding of sequencing technologies 
  • Experience of using liquid handling robots 
  • Experience of cell culture 
  • Customer support experience would be advantageous 

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 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, Campus Nursery and Summer holiday club
  • 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 commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion and promoting equality in careers in science, we hold an Athena SWAN Bronze Award and have an active Equality, Diversity and Inclusion programme of activity. 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. We are open to a range of UK-based flexible working options including part-time or full-time employment as well as flexible hours due to caring or other commitments.

Please include a covering letter and CV with your application.  Closing date: 14th June 2018.