Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute

Associate Faculty Positions in Tree of Life Genomics

Wellcome Sanger Institute

Cambridge, United Kingdom

The Wellcome Sanger Institute is seeking exceptional scientists to join the Institute as Associate Faculty, contributing to the Institute’s scientific portfolio in the area of Tree of Life Genomics.

The Institute is an internationally outstanding genomic research centre with approximately 40 core faculty teams http://www.sanger.ac.uk/people/category/faculty and 1,100 employees based south of Cambridge. Our mission is to use genome sequences to advance understanding of the biology of humans, pathogens and other species in order to improve human and global health. With core funding and state-of-the-art platforms in sequencing, model organisms, cellular genetics and IT, 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 result is a unique, vibrant and interactive research environment with synergies and cross-fertilisation of ideas across and between programmes.

We welcome candidates who will bring new areas of research and ideas to the Tree of Life Genomics Programme (https://www.sanger.ac.uk/science/programmes/tree-of-life). The ToL programme is using large scale reference genome sequencing to understand the origins and functioning of eukaryotic biodiversity. We have a particular interest in identifying and developing new techniques and partnerships in generation and exploitation of these data, particularly in large-scale phylogenomic analyses and the genomics of symbiosis, but also in methods development in sequencing, assembly and annotation, exploration of pattern and process in species diversity, and the relationships between genome evolution and life history traits. Applications from exceptional individuals who have a different scientific focus within fields related to Tree of Life research are also welcome.

The successful candidates will not be employed by the Institute, but will be expected to spend between 10-20% of their time focused on the development of their Sanger research programme, contributing to the scientific life of the Institute. Associate Faculty positions are accompanied with start-up funding to establish a small, independent team, engaged in research that cannot be conducted at their home organization and enhanced by the Institute’s platforms, systems, and infrastructure. Associate Faculty will be expected to secure third party funding to support their research endeavour.

*Associate Faculty Requirements *
· Associated with an institute of higher learning or research centre
· Easy accessibility to the Wellcome Genome Campus

Essential Skills
• Demonstrated record of scientific accomplishment
• Effective communicator with and ability to develop and maintain relationships inside and outside area of expertise
• Has a clear vision and is able to communicate this vision
• Demonstrates inclusivity and respect for all
• Can engage stakeholders, learners and decision-makers
• Is flexible and adaptable to changing circumstances

Other information
About Us

The Wellcome Sanger Institute is a world leading genomics research centre. We undertake large-scale research that forms the foundations of knowledge in biology and medicine. Our findings are used to improve health and to understand life on Earth. Find out more at www.sanger.ac.uk or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Youtube and on our Blog.

Our campus
Set across 130 acres, just outside of Cambridge, The Sanger Institute is located on the stunning Wellcome Genome Campus. Home to some of the world’s foremost institutes and organisations in genomics and computational biology, committed to delivering life-changing science with the reach, scale, and creativity to solve some of humanity’s greatest challenges.

Being part of the Genome Wellcome Campus you will be part of the beautiful working environment with an impressive range of benefits, services and facilities also including:
• Free bus service to and from Campus, covering various routes around Cambridge, Saffron Walden and surrounding villages
• A car-share initiative
• Free parking
• A number of on-site venues where you can meet, eat and socialise with colleagues
• A thriving Sports and Social Club which provides members with subsidised access to a gym, tennis courts, sports hall, fitness classes and a vibrant social calendar of events

Find out more about our Genome Wellcome Campus

Diversity and Flexible Working
The Institute values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity. The Institute would particularly welcome applications from women, since women are, and have historically been, underrepresented in Scientific roles.
We support and encourage flexible working and have a range of ‘flexible working policies’ available to employees. We seek to provide a supportive family friendly environment to enable staff at all levels to balance their professional and home lives.

We 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.

Applying for the role
Application enquiries should be directed to Mark Blaxter (mark.blaxter@sanger.ac.uk).

For a general discussion about these roles, contact Steven Zemke in the first instance (steven.zemke@sanger.ac.uk) (+44) 01223 499923).
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;
• A three page outline of future research plans indicating how these fit with, contribute to and make use of Sanger programmes and infrastructure.

We encourage applicants to reach out to our research programmes and individual Group Leaders in the Tree of Life programme prior to submitting an application.
Closing date: 02 February 2020

Please apply via recruiter’s website.