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Research Assistant - Translational Cancer Genomics

Salary in the region of £19,709 - £23,848 (dependent on experience) plus excellent benefits

Fixed term for 2 years

The Garnett Lab and Translational Cancer Genomics team focus on understanding the consequences of alterations in the DNA of cancer cells. We do this at scale using multiple approaches including drug sensitivity and genetic perturbation screens in cancer cell line and organoid models. Vulnerabilities within cancer cells identified from the data generated can then be exploited as novel drug targets or as genetic markers to deliver personalised medicine to patients in the clinic.

To support this research we are seeking a Research Assistant to join the drug sensitivity screening team. The screening team manages over 1000 cancer cell models and performs high-throughput viability assays utilising state of the art automation platforms and sample management systems. This lab based role includes culturing the cell models, preparing and processing micro-well based assay plates as well as providing laboratory support to the wider research group.

This position offers recent graduates the opportunity to develop their tissue culture and laboratory techniques. It also offers individuals who have gained experience in technical roles to establish themselves in a research team.

Job Reference

Essential Skills

  • Degree in Biological Sciences (or equivalent qualification) or significant laboratory experience in a technical role
  • Experience working within a laboratory environment
  • Ability to follow instructions/protocols accurately & efficiently
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Proven ability to work effectively within a team
  • Ability to work independently and organise own workload
  • Good attention to detail and record keeping
  • Computer literate

Ideal Skills

  • Experience using cell culture techniques
  • Experience working within a high throughput laboratory environment
  • Experience operating liquid-handling robotics
  • Demonstrated ability to adapt to changing priorities & workloads

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:

  • 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: 22nd April 2019