Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute

Postdoctoral Fellow - Society and Ethic Research

Wellcome Sanger Institute

Cambridge, United Kingdom

Postdoctoral Fellow – Society and Ethic Research
Salary range £31,897 – £39,240 (depending on experience) plus excellent benefits.
Fixed term contract for 2 years

Wellcome Genome Campus Connecting Science is looking for an enthusiastic and motivated Postdoctoral Fellow to join the Society and Ethics Research team. (https://wgc.org.uk/ethics)

The Opportunity
This is an exciting opportunity to conduct research on public and patient expectations related to data-driven medicine, specifically the collection and use of a wide range of data for health screening and diagnosis in the context of ageing and cognitive decline.

The position would be ideal for someone who has completed a PhD or be near to completing a PhD in science and technology studies, medical sociology, psychology or the public understanding of science, ideally with expertise related to new medical technologies, dementia or digital health, and has a record of publication appropriate to career stage.

About you
Reporting to the Senior Social Scientist, you will lead research on public and patient perceptions of health data and expectations related to the uses and governance of diverse data in the context of cognitive assessment.

You should have experience of conducting qualitative research and ideally some knowledge of quantitative research methods. You will be fully encouraged and supported to develop an independent research profile, to undertake further training in advanced research skills, and to author and co-author research papers and further grant proposals.

About us
The Society and Ethics Research team explores the ethical, legal and social issues raised by genomics. The team is made of Social Scientist academics who believe in a partnership between science and society to understand, communicate and improve human health.

Connecting Science’s mission is to enable everyone to explore genomic science and its impact on research, health and society. We connect researchers, health professionals and the wider public, creating opportunities and spaces for learning, training and engagement with genomics.

Essential Skills
• To have or shortly expect to receive PhD in the social sciences, particularly medical sociology, psychology, the public understanding of science or science and technology studies or have equivalent qualifications or experience.
• Confident written and verbal communicator
• Enthusiasm and ability to work independently sometimes under time pressure, to self-motivate, and to deliver work to a high quality.
• Ability to organize, plan and prioritize tasks or projects

Ideal Skills
• A willingness to travel, to support the work of the project
• Familiarity and experience with the study of new medical technologies, ideally in the context of ageing, dementia, genomics or digital health
• Demonstrable ability to publish in peer-reviewed journals.
• Experience of working with clinicians, scientists and industry

Other information
Wellcome Genome Campus Connecting Science’s mission is to enable everyone to explore genomic science and its impact on research, health and society. It inspires new thinking, sparks conversation, supports learning and measures attitudes, drawing on the ground-breaking research taking place on the Campus.

Wellcome Genome Campus Society and Ethics Research uses quantitative and qualitative research methods to investigate the psychological, social and ethical impact of genomics. We are continually asking ‘how are people responding to genomics?’.

We gather and share data on attitudes that can be used to improve the experiences of the public, patients and their families, health professionals, genetic counsellors and researchers.

Wellcome Genome Campus Society and Ethics Research is part of Connecting Science.


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 solve some of humanity’s greatest challenges. It is home to some of the world’s foremost institutes and organisations in genomics and computational biology, including the Wellcome Sanger Institute which is the largest organisation on Campus, the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), Open Targets and Genomics England.

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.

Our Benefits include: Defined Contribution Pension Scheme, Group Income Protection, Healthcare scheme, Childcare Vouchers, Workplace Nursery and 25 days Annual Leave, increasing by one day per year up to a maximum of 30, plus Bank Holidays. We also have a gym, two cafes, dining facilities, and a free campus bus service. Our thriving Sports and Social Club provides many opportunities to meet with people working across the campus.
Please include a CV and a Cover Letter. Closing date for applications: 17th June 2019

The interviews will take place on 24th June 2019.

Contact for further questions: Dr Richard Milne richard.milne@wgc.org.uk

Please apply via recruiter’s website.