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Advanced Research Assistant - Data Analyst

Salary in the region of £26,693 to £32,000 depending on experience plus benefits 

The DNA Pipelines department (DNAP) has a central role within Wellcome Sanger Institute, delivering high quality data to our scientific faculty and their collaborators over a range of techniques and platforms. The Data Analyst team are committed to driving research projects forward by ensuring that we continually improve standards, provide additional quality control support and maintain prompt delivery data timelines.

We are seeking a highly motivated data analyst with an adaptable and responsive approach that is seeking to contribute to a successful, adaptable and friendly team. In your role you will monitor multiple data outputs including, spread sheets, data warehouses and actual sequencing machines.

  • You will be office based and have the opportunity to develop and expand your information gathering and analytical skills.
  • You will establish yourself within the role and gain a solid technical grasp of the latest world-class sequencing technologies.
  • Your data interpretation and trend spotting abilities will be used to help advance scientific understanding of some of the world's major causes of death and disability, including developmental disorders, cancer and malaria.

Full training will be given to enable you to complete regular QC of data sets, in line with SOP’s from both the DNA and RNA product pipelines. You will determine if the data meets agreed thresholds, is free from defects and has no underlying bias such that stakeholder expectations are met or exceeded. You’ll be given all necessary support to know when to raise examples of non-conformity to the Senior Data Analyst for further investigation.

Job Reference

Essential Skills

  • BSc in a biological science/computer science or equivalent experience.
  • Ability to correctly interpret scientific data.
  • Computer literate: Word, advanced excel, LIMS.
  • Theoretical knowledge of data management that is relevant to the role.
  • Proven track record of consistent delivery in terms of volume/speed/quality.
  • Experience with high-throughput assays or a high throughput environment.
  • Excellent organisational and communication skills.


Ideal Skills

  • Experience of Next Generation Sequencing; experience of genotyping data.
  • Working knowledge of Tableau.
  • Previous work experience in a molecular biology laboratory.
  • Familiarity with a quality procedures and maintaining good documentation.

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 for applications: 30th June 2018