Senior Social Scientist

Salary range: £43,722 to £52,903 plus excellent benefits. Permanent contract

Wellcome Genome Campus Connecting Science is looking for a motivated and creative Senior Social Scientist to join the Society and Ethics Research group.

Reporting to the Head of Society and Ethics Research, you will support the work of the group as well as lead your own research on the social/communication/ethical impact of genomics. You will have experience of delivering high quality research that is internationally recognised. You will also keep up to date with a rapidly changing field and represent the Campus with care and sensitivity.

You will deliver original and impactful research outputs with success measured by publication in recognised journals, presentation at international conferences and impact in policy.

To view examples of Society and Ethics Research current work see:

Job Reference

Essential Skills

  • PhD in social science/psychology/genetic counselling/science communication/empirical bioethics
  • Quantitative and qualitative research methods and data analysis
  • Experience of initiating and carrying out independent social science research
  • Experience of writing funding applications and obtaining research funding
  • High level of influencing and negotiating  skills
  • Strong verbal and communication skills
  • Project planning and management experience, track record in delivering complex projects on time and on budget
  • Record of publications in high quality journals

Ideal Skills

  • Relevant postdoctoral experience
  • Registered or certified genetic counsellor
  • Experience of collaborating with the UK and International Clinical Genetics Community

Other information

Our Campus: Set over 125 acresthe 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 solve some of humanity’s greatest challenges. It is home to some of the world's foremost institutes and organisations in genomics and computational biology, including the Wellcome Sanger Institute which is the largest organisation on Campus, the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), Open Targets and Genomics England. 

Wellcome Genome Campus Connecting Science’s mission is to enable everyone to explore genomic science and its impact on research, health and society. It inspires new thinking, sparks conversation, supports learning and measures attitudes, drawing on the ground-breaking research taking place on the Campus.

Wellcome Genome Campus Society and Ethics Research uses quantitative and qualitative research methods to investigate the psychological, social and ethical impact of genomics. We are continually asking ‘how are people responding to genomics?’. We gather and share data on attitudes that can be used to improve the experiences of the public, patients and their families, health professionals, genetic counsellors and researchers.  Wellcome Genome Campus Society and Ethics Research is part of Connecting Science.

Genome Research Limited is an Equal Opportunity employer. As part of our commitment to gender equality and promoting women’s careers in science, we hold an Athena SWAN Bronze Award. We will consider all qualified 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. 

Please include a covering letter and CV with your application.  Candidates will be assessed on how they meet the essential and desirable skillset (as demonstrated in their cover letter) as well as via a presentation at interview and responses to the panel questions.

Closing date for applications: 29th July 2018however applications will be considered and reviewed on an on-going basis and therefore the post may be filled before the deadline.

Interviews will be held on Wednesday 29th and Thursday 30th August.