Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute

Research Assistant - Cellular Generation and Phenotyping

Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute

Cambridge, East of England, United Kingdom

*Research Assistant – Cellular Generation and Phenotyping
Salary in the region of £20,000 to £23,848 depending on experience plus benefits *

An opportunity has arisen for a talented individual to support the Cellular Generation and Phenotyping team (CGaP) at the Sanger Institute. You will be working as a part of a team performing Genome-wide CRISPR-Cas9 knockout screens on cancer cell lines and Organoid models.
• Would you love to work in a high throughput or process driven setting?
• Are you organised, meticulous and love process improvement?
• Do you thrive in a multi-disciplinary team, working together to tackle complex issues?

If you said yes to the above questions, then this is the job for you.

We are a core facility, responsible for providing cell biology resource and expertise to the wider institute. We do this by running multiple, high throughput projects for faculty teams across the Institute. Our current portfolio of projects includes genome wide CRISPR screens, iPSC derivation and differentiation, organoid derivation, The Human Cell Atlas and the generation of malaria mutants. We work closely as a team of Senior Scientific Managers, Research Assistants and Faculty members to successfully deliver large scale projects.

Here at CGaP, you will be part of an expert team of enthusiastic, highly motivated Research Assistants, under the management of a Senior Scientific Manager. Your role will include the culture of cancer cell lines and organoids, transduction of these cell lines with lentiviruses and quality control analysis using a range of assays such as flow cytometry and viability assays. You will also be expected to co-ordinate the transfer of samples to and from the faculty team, troubleshoot issues and identify areas for process improvement. In addition to the lab work we expect our Research Assistants to have strong time management and organisational skills and be excellent communicators.

We will provide you with all the appropriate training for you to fulfil your role and offer you a career pathway so you can continue to progress and learn new skills. We also support all staff to take part in department and institute wide initiatives.

This is an excellent opportunity for a motivated and adaptable individual to join the team in delivering high quality science.

Essential Skills
• Degree in Biological Sciences, or equivalent qualification
• Experience in a life science laboratory
• Good knowledge of cell culture techniques
• Excellent written and oral communication skills
• Excellent organisational skills, able to plan and prioritise effectively
• Proven experience of working within a team
• Ability to keep good up-to-date records with attention to detail

Ideal Skills
• Experience of cell culture
• Experience of running cell based assays

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 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 with your application describing how you meet the essential criteria for the role.

Closing date: 27th May 2019

Please apply via recruiter’s website.