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Postdoctoral Fellow - Synthetic Genomics

Salary in the region of £31,503 - £39,492 (dependent on experience) plus excellent benefits

Fixed term for 3 years

A Postdoctoral Fellow position is available at the Wellcome Sanger Institute (WSI) as part of  the Insititute's new synthetic genomics initiative coordinated by Jason Chin, Tom Ellis, Patrick Cai, and Kaihang Wang. This is an exciting opportunity for the successful candidate to develop state of the art methods and standardized workflows for genome engineering and synthesis.

The successful applicant will hold a PhD and will have gained significant experience and expertise in a range of molecular biology techniques. Experience in the following is desired but not essential: yeast genetics, DNA manipulation technologies, genome editing, automation and robotics. Successful candidate will be expected to drive forward the project, working closely with relevant members of the Institute and the wider scientific community to accomplish scientific objectives.

Job Reference

Essential Skills

  • A PhD in a relevant area of Biological or Physical Sciences, and a passion for problem solving
  • Experience in a range of relevant molecular biology techniques
  • The ability to effectively communicate with collaborators and occasionally present oral communication to large groups
  • Proven independent working style, technical problem solving, data analysis and generation of novel ideas


Ideal Skills

  • Experience in yeast genetics and molecular biology
  • Experience in DNA manipulation technologies, especially approaches to manipulate and recombine large pieces of DNA
  • Experience in genome editing
  • Experience in automating workflows through robotics

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 hold an Athena SWAN Bronze Award and will consider all individuals without discrimination and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees, where everyone can thrive.

Please include a covering letter and CV with your application. Closing date for applications: 26th January 2019