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Research Administrator - Parasites and Microbes Programme

Salary range: £35642 to £43127pa plus excellent benefits


The Wellcome Sanger Institute conducts ground-breaking genomic research on an unprecedented scale and our administration team plays a vital role in enabling and supporting our science. The Parasites and Microbes Programme is currently looking for a dynamic, visionary, and skilled Research Administrator to support the Programme, and join our pioneering organisation.

Providing dedicated support to the Head of Programme and their Faculty Teams within the Parasites and Microbes Programme, our Research Administrators need to take a collaborative approach to their work. With a desire to develop and progress you will already have experience of working within a research environment but will always be looking to share and develop knowledge further.

We are looking for individuals who can provide an efficient administrative service and facilitate effective communication between the Programme, internal stakeholders and external partners. Strong project management skills, as well as recent experience of handling budgets and producing high quality grant applications, reports and briefing materials will be advantageous. 

A willingness to be flexible, a key challenge of this role will be to maintain the appropriate balance between competing demands / priorities to deliver work in a timely fashion.

Job Reference

Essential Skills

  • Previous scientific experience or qualification
  • Previous experience of working in a science programme or equivalent environment
  • Proven experience of effective communication with internal and external customers
  • Provide experience of coordinating briefing materials across a range of subjects
  • Ability to apply project management methodology as required
  • Exceptional organiser with the ability to prioritise and manage work load
  • Excellent IT skills
  • Well-developed negotiating and influencing skills
  • Ability to write and structure reports
  • Taking minutes
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Clear understanding of issues of confidentiality
  • Ability to work flexibly and collaboratively
  • Solution focused
  • Able to work effectively under pressure
  • Ability to work flexible hours on occasion as and when the work demands
  • Willingness to travel to external meetings/conferences as required (could be locally or internationally)

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 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 for applications: 30th Sept 2018, however applications will be reviewed and considered on an on-going basis and therefore the post may be filled before the deadline.