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Faculty Position in Human Cellular Genetics

The Wellcome Sanger Institute is seeking an early/mid-career stage scientist to join its Core Faculty to lead a research team in Human Cellular Genetics. Positions carry a significant core package of salaries and support backed by rewarding and flexible employment terms including excellent benefits and relocation support. Our exceptional core funding enables faculty to focus their energy on science.

We welcome candidates with research interests in the area of human cellular genetics. This could involve natural or engineered genetic variation, primary cells or cell-lines. Examples of relevant research programmes could include:

  • delineating the genetic determinants of cellular phenotypes,
  • applying cellular genomic technologies (e.g. dCas9) to investigate genetic associations with common diseases, rare disorders or quantitative traits,
  • using genome editing, or multiplexed assays of variant effect, to determine the functional impact of genetic variants

We strongly encourage potential applicants to interpret this description broadly.

The Institute is a unique, vibrant and interactive research environment with an internationally outstanding genomic research centre at its heart. With approximately 35 core Faculty teams and 1,100 employees based south of Cambridge, UK, our mission is to use genome sequences to advance understanding of the biology of humans and pathogens in order to improve human health.

With core funding and state-of-the-art platforms in sequencing, high-performance computing, model organisms, genome editing and cellular genetics, we enable our researchers to concentrate on biological questions across a diverse range of genomic and genetic science, in both independent studies and large-scale collaborations. 

The Sanger Institute is at the forefront of human disease genetics, genome editing in cells, single cell RNA-seq, and large-scale derivation, differentiation and characterisation of iPSCs, cell-lines, primary cells and organoids.

Job Reference

Essential Skills

  • Demonstrated record of scientific innovation and accomplishment in human cellular genetics
  • Collaborative and collegial approach to science
  • Demonstrates inclusivity and respect for all
  • Has a clear scientific vision of their field and their place within it
  • Effective communicator
  • Experience of designing and delivering scientific projects

Ideal Skills

  • Conveys a passion and direction which inspires others
  • Previous management or supervision of technical/professional individuals and groups

Other information

For further information on research in Human Genetics please visit: Human Genetics programme. For a discussion about the role, contact Matt Hurles in the first instance (+44) 01223 495377). If you have any questions about the application process, or have any informal enquiries about working at the Sanger Institute, please contact our Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (Saher Ahmed)

We are committed to developing and maintaining a forward-looking organisation where staff from all backgrounds can thrive. Our supportive family friendly approach enables scientists at all levels to balance their professional and home lives. This includes options for flexible and part-time working, support and advice for staff taking maternity, paternity, adoption and parental leave, an on-site nursery, Campus summer holiday club and childcare voucher scheme. For more information on our core benefits please visit: Sanger employee benefits.

Genome Research Limited is an Equal Opportunity employer. We will consider all applicants without discrimination and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

Further information regarding the Institutes faculty and building a career at the Institute can be found at: Faculty teams and Faculty careers. The Institutes faculty mode and job description can be found below.

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 solve some of humanity’s greatest challenges.  

The Campus is a community of organisations working in genomic research, enterprise, education and discourse. It is home to some of the world's foremost institutes and organisations in genomics and computational biology, including the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute which is the largest organisation on Campus, the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), Open Targets and Genomics England.  Also located here is Connecting Science - its mission is to enable everyone to explore genomic science and its impact on research, health and society by drawing on the ground-breaking research taking place on the Campus.

Applications should be accompanied by:

  • Curriculum vitae, complete list of publications and details of three referees;
  • A two page description summarising scientific achievements to date; and
  • A three page outline of future research plans indicating how these could fit with, contribute to and make use of Sanger research programmes and infrastructure.

Closing date for applications: 30th November 2018. Interviews will be held in January 2019.