Higher Laboratory Scientist Apprenticeship

Salary £17,489 per annum plus benefits

Joining our Cellular Generation and Phenotyping (CGaP) team as an Apprentice you will have the opportunity to complete a distance learning degree with Kent University whilst maintaining a paid position. The apprenticeship will last 4.5 years and You will be able to commence your Apprenticeship in September 2019.

80% of the role will be carrying out technical and scientific laboratory processes, with 20% of the role being given for degree study.

Day to day work can involve:

  • Laboratory work including: reagent ordering - preparation and dispensing - production of coated plates - processing tissues and samples - mammalian cell culture - molecular biology - cell characterisation and microscopy
  • Generating, culturing and manipulating a variety of mammalian cell lines to produce reagents or prepare sample for downstream analysis
  • Running of experiments and equipment to analyse samples and cell lines. Analysis and communication or results
  • Preparation of large quantities of liquid media solutions and plates as required by customers. Small volume work to produce stock solutions and for dispensing reagents
  • Cleaning and organisation of equipment and laboratories to ensure a clean, safe working environment and following appropriate safety, environment and risk management protocols
  • Document work and keep accurate records of laboratory work undertaken and results. Data entry into online systems and databases to maintain inventory accuracy

At the Wellcome Sanger Institute we are committed to training the next generation of scientists. We are focused on understanding the role of genetics in health and disease, 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.

CGaP is a core facility providing cell biology support to the Sanger Institute, in particular the scale-up of protocols to facilitate world class 'Science at Scale'.

The team have expertise in cell derivation from primary tissue, induced pluripotent stem cell derivation, cellular differentiation, phenotypic assays, organoid formation and culture, and in the last year we have expanded our remit to work with Malaria.

Job Reference
83334

Essential Skills

  • Ability to handle change and respond to change management processes
  • The ability to understand, follow and convey technical instructions

Personal qualities

  • Communicate effectively using a full range of skills - speaking - listening - writing - body language and presentation
  • Understanding and commitment to Biological Science
  • Show aptitude to working in a team
  • Work and interact effectively within a team
  • Work independently and take responsibility for initiating and completing tasks
  • Understand impact of work on others, especially where related to diversity and equality
  • Time management and ability to complete work to schedule
  • Accuracy and attention to details

Desired qualifications

  • You should possess a minimum of 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) - grades A - C including Science, Maths and English
  • You should have gained a minimum of 80 UCAS points from a minimum of 2 A-level subjects including Biology and one other science subject - or equivalent, e.g. BTEC National Diplomas, IB or DVCE

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.

Closing date for applications: 3rd March 2019