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Advanced Research Assistant - Malaria

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

Fixed term for 2 years

An opportunity is available for an enthusiastic Advanced Research Assistant to join the Lee team to support our work on CRISPR/Cas9 approaches for manipulating the Plasmodium parasite genome. The goal is to systematically investigate and validate new antimalarial targets in Plasmodium falciparum using a variety of chemogenomic approaches. You will have expertise in parasite culture and genetic manipulation, performing drug sensitivity assays, as well as a strong molecular biology background, and will enjoying working in a collaborative research environment.


Job Reference

Essential Skills

  • A Bachelor of Science (BSc) or higher in parasitology, microbiology, or an equivalent area
  • Experience and excellent practical skills in eukaryotic cell culture techniques 
  • Experience in molecular biology 
  • Experience working in a team 
  • Excellent organization and record keeping skills 
  • Ability to work independently 
  • Basic computer skills 
  • Good communication skills 

Ideal Skills

  • Experience with growing and transfecting Plasmodium falciparum parasites 
  • Experience in malaria biology or a related parasite 
  • Experience with fluorescence microscopy and flow cytometry methods 
  • Experience in CRISPR/Cas9 methods 
  • Experience and understanding of biological safety regulations and procedures (E), particularly in handling human pathogens 

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: 5th July 2018however applications will be considered and reviewed on an on-going basis and therefore the post may be filled before the deadline.