Job title: Laboratory Research Scientist – Advanced Sequencing Facility
Location: The Francis Crick Institute, Midland Road, London
Contract: Fixed-term (3 years), full time
Salary: Competitive with benefits, subject to skills and experience
Vacancy ID: 13187
An exciting opportunity within the Advanced Sequencing Facility (ASF), based at the Francis Crick Institute, London. The ASF is a core-funded laboratory comprised of a team of 12 scientists who provide Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) services to the one hundred or so research groups that work there. The post holder will work specifically with the Cancer Dynamics Research Laboratory, led by Dr Samra Turajlic, and provide sequencing support for a range of translational studies, including the Renal and Melanoma TRACERx (TRAcking Cancer Evolution through therapy (Rx)), PEACE and HOLST-F. We are looking for an enthusiastic and highly motivated early career scientist eager to hone their molecular biology techniques, develop NGS skills, and work as an integral part of a busy and experienced team of scientists.
The role will be within the ASF to support specifically the Turajlic Lab and the translational studies within this group, including Renal and Melanoma TRACERx projects, from receiving samples, through quality control checking, library preparation and sequencing. This is a unique opportunity to work at the interface of a science platform and a specific research programme which is aimed at improving our understanding of cancer and, ultimately translating these findings for patient benefit.
The position will involve sample processing, quality control, library preparation, and targeted next generation sequencing using Illumina NextSeq and HiSeq platforms in the ASF laboratory. The post holder will be supervised by a Senior Laboratory Research Scientist, but will be expected to work with some degree of independence and to troubleshoot and use their own initiative to overcome problems that may occur. The successful applicant will be integrated closely with the Turajlic research team, partaking in regular lab meetings, journal club, and internal and external collaborator meetings.
The Francis Crick Institute is a biomedical discovery institute dedicated to understanding the fundamental biology underlying health and disease. Its work is helping to understand why disease develops and to translate discoveries into new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, infections, and neurodegenerative diseases.
An independent organisation, its founding partners are the Medical Research Council (MRC), Cancer Research UK, Wellcome, UCL (University College London), Imperial College London and King’s College London.
The Crick was formed in 2015, and in 2016 it moved into a new state-of-the-art building in central London which brings together 1500 scientists and support staff working collaboratively across disciplines, making it the biggest biomedical research facility under in one building in Europe.
The Francis Crick Institute will be world-class with a strong national role. Its distinctive vision for excellence includes commitments to collaboration; developing emerging talent and exporting it the rest of the UK; public engagement; and helping turn discoveries into treatments as quickly as possible to improve lives and strengthen the economy.
• If you are interested in applying for this role, please apply via our website.
• The closing date for applications is 13 February 2020 at 23:30.
• All offers of employment are subject to successful security screening and continuous eligibility to work in the United Kingdom.