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Advanced Research Assistant - DNA Pipelines

Salary in the region of £26,693 to £30,000 per annum plus benefits

The DNA Pipelines department has a central role within Wellcome Sanger Institute, delivering high quality data to our

Working as part of a committed team in this laboratory based role you will produce quality data within defined time frames and assist with the everyday running of the laboratory where you will be responsible for performing either routine techniques in a high throughput environment or niche processes in a bespoke environment.

As an Advanced Research Assistant you will be be responsible for the following; 

  • Plan, organise and schedule own workload in line with priorities. Provide mentorship and support to less experienced staff as required to ensure quality and timeliness is maintained across the operation.
  • Perform laboratory processes and interpret results to a pass / fail level. Recognise and flag anomalies as they arise troubleshooting and identifying solutions on each occasion.
  • Maintain equipment to ensure it is fit for purpose and operating within set validation criteria
  • Contribute to overall team goals whilst maintaining individual output. Working in collaboration with senior staff and the Team Leader to champion a positive working environment. Responding positively to change and flex to meet the changing demands of the Institute.
  • Monitor lab resources; take responsibility for stock levels being maintained to prescribed levels and make recommendations to senior staff on consumable stock levels to support an expertly run operation.
  • Dedicatedly contribute to process improvement within the team using prescribed methodologies. Champion the application of 5S principles within the lab and support the implementation of new techniques into the team portfolio in collaboration with the R&D team.
  • Show compliance with quality policies, SOPs and H&S procedures. Ensure all individuals in the lab follow existing risk assessments and SOPs at all times and update / prepare new documents when required.
  • Contribute to the housekeeping tasks within the lab areas by following weekly / monthly cleaning and maintenance regimes; take responsibility for all tasks being completed on time.
Job Reference

Essential Skills

• BSc in a biological science or equivalent experience.
• Excellent knowledge and practical experience in relevant techniques to the role.
• Previous work experience as a technician / research assistant in a molecular biology laboratory.
• Ability to correctly interpret scientific data.
• Excellent organisational and planning skills in managing competing priorities in a busy environment.
• A high level of interpersonal and communications skills.
• Proven track record of consistent delivery in terms of volume/speed/quality.
• Computer-literate: Microsoft Office programmes including Word and Excel.

Ideal Skills

• Computer-literate: LIMS experience.
• Basic programming of automation platforms.
• Experience with automation and high-throughput assays.

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.

Closing date: 7th July 2018