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Advanced Research Assistant - Cellular Genetics

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

Permanent / Open Contract

The Cellular Genetics Programme are seeking an enthusiastic individual to join their newly formed wet lab support team as an Advanced Research Assistant.

You will carry out a range of research activities in a dynamic core team that supports the faculty research of the Programme and interact with our Operations teams to submit samples for sequencing/further analysis. 

You will have the opportunity to focus on a variety of protocols, including but not limited to; sample prep, PCR, RNA/DNA purification, preparation of libraries for RNA sequencing and a number of different cell based assays. You will work within the support team to test new protocols and scale them up as required by the faculty research groups, working towards delivering the protocols without requiring close supervision.

This is an excellent opportunity for a motivated and adaptable individual to support the cutting edge science delivered within the Cellular Genetics Programme.

Job Reference

Essential Skills

  • Degree in Biological Sciences, or equivalent qualification 
  • At least 2 years, relevant, post-graduate laboratory experience 
  • Significant experience of core molecular biology techniques, including sample prep, PCR, RNA/DNA purification, library prep and similar
  • Ability to learn new protocols and then run them independently 
  • Ability to test and implement new approaches and techniques 
  • Proven process improvement/troubleshooting ability 
  • Ability to work to a schedule and successfully manage and prioritise multiple competing projects 
  • Good written and oral communication skills 
  • Excellent organisational skills 
  • Ability to keep good up-to-date records with attention to detail 
  • Proven experience of working within a team 
  • Computer literate 
  • Excellent laboratory practice 

Ideal Skills

  • Writing and reviewing SOPs 
  • Writing and reviewing risk assessments 
  • Experience working with human tissue samples / Human Tissue Act 
  • Prior experience of running cell based assays 

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: 4th November 2018, however applications will be considered and reviewed on an on-going basis and therefore the post may be filled before the deadline.