IT Service Desk Apprentice - Cancer, Ageing and Somatic Mutation

Salary; £17,045 per annum plus additional benefits

We have an exciting opportunity for someone to join our software development team as an IT Service Desk Apprentice whilst working towards gaining a BSc Hons Digital and Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeship at Anglia Ruskin University. 

Key responsibilities:

  • Providing first line technical support to our scientific users,
  • Efficiently triaging or advancing requests,
  • Help take on complex IT issues.

We encourage applicants with an interest in moving into the field of software development, who is enthusiastic, eager to learn, willing, and able to work in a team environment

You will be based in the IT team in the Cancer, Ageing and Somatic Mutation (CASM) Division and your role as IT Apprentice will ultimately aid our understanding of cancer and ageing and have the opportunity to work closely with our IT developers and our scientific researchers. 

This as a developmental role to encourage new talent in the area of software development. You will emerge as a fully competent software developer, conversant in modern development methodologies and practices. In addition, you will have a comprehensive understanding of our working practises here within our research division at the Wellcome Sanger Institute. 

Job Reference

Essential Skills

  • 3 A levels at grade C with at least one grade coming from a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths) subject
  • Willing to learn and put in the necessary work to gain the Digital and Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeship qualification
  • An interest in the field of Software development
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Some experience of coding/programming
  • Excellent social skills
  • Good attention to detail
  • Excellent problem solving skills
  • Enthusiastic, flexible and proactive
  • Ability to deal with changing priorities
  • Good customer facing skills
  • Ability to work within and contribute to a team.
  • Eager to learn new skills

Ideal Skills

  • Experience of Python programming and UNIX would be advantageous but by no means essential 

Other information

Closing date: 12th August 2018

The CASM Support IT team has successfully developed a suite of algorithms to analyse genetic variation in cancer genome data. This includes software to detect tumour genetic variation (e.g. single-base substitutions, structural rearrangements, copy number changes) and the ability to annotate the resulting variants and mine the data for interesting patterns and signatures

The CASM Division has led the way in the systematic analysis of cancer genomes by using the human genome sequence and high throughput mutation detection techniques to identify somatically acquired sequence variants/mutations and hence identify genes critical in the development of human cancers.

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 BenefitsOur 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 and Campus Nursery
  • 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.