Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute

Scientific Lab Manager-Tree of Life

Wellcome Sanger Institute

Cambridge, United Kingdom

The Opportunity:
We are seeking a talented laboratory scientist to manage the laboratory processing of samples for the Moore Foundation Aquatic Symbiosis project. The post-holder will contribute to the development of methods for RNA and DNA extraction and QC, and in applying these efficiently, at scale to samples from a range of collaborating laboratories. Sequencing technologies are constantly evolving in terms of how nucleic acids are processed to generate data, and recent progress in long-read sequencing technologies means that we are now able to efficiently deliver high quality genome assemblies for species that did not previously have such a resource. We will produce thousands of genome assemblies for symbiotic organisms, and analyse these to understand their biology. One of the most challenging aspects of this role will be to produce high-quality scientific results on a large scale while adapting to rapid developments in laboratory toolkits and sequencing technologies. These changing requirements and abilities will have to be efficiently and effectively communicated to others in the team, and to external collaborators.

About the Programme:
The Tree of Life Programme at the Wellcome Sanger Institute is dedicated to the generation and analysis of high quality genome sequences from across eukaryotic biodiversity. The Tree of Life team is initiating a new, three-year project on the Genomics of Symbiosis in Aquatic Systems, funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. We will use advanced genomics toolkits to describe and decipher the biology of thousands of species that live in intimate association. The project will collaborate internationally to deliver exciting research outcomes and further understanding of the importance of symbiosis in generating diversity and maintaining function in aquatic ecosystems. To deliver this new project we are recruiting a team of molecular biologists, computing scientists and project management support.

About You:
The successful applicant will:
• Oversee and manage day-to-day running of laboratory experiments; to supervise and recommend relevant equipment purchases; to provide regular feedback to the group project manager if problems arise and to report on project progress through lab meetings and one-to-one meetings as necessary. Share good practice.
• Plan and organise their own day-to-day activities in relation to shared goals, equipment time and other team members’ work patterns, in order to maintain individual and team output
• Interpret and present data both within the team, and across the Tree of Life programme at the Sanger Institute.
• Train colleagues, new starters and visitors in laboratory protocols and techniques as they develop
• Understand the research goals and contribute to the team’s processes and protocols. To ensure project targets are met within the defined time scale.
• Be responsible for safe work practices within the team, in particular with respect to laboratory and biological safety.
• Maintain a detailed, correct and up-to-date digital record of experimental procedures and laboratory activities.
• Ensure that all work being carried out is done so within the institute’s research policies to make sure that all research undertaken is ethical and legal.

Essential Skills
• A biological sciences degree (BSc or equivalent)
• Scientific and laboratory management experience
• Significant experience in molecular biology techniques including DNA extraction and RNA extraction
• Must be able to work independently and as part of a team
• A “can-do” attitude and adaptable when work priorities need to shift
• Excellent organisation and record keeping skills
• Good computer skills, including data entry and management
• Scientific understanding and experience of troubleshooting and process improvement
• Previous experience demonstrating excellent communication and collaboration skills
• Health and Safety experience

Ideal Skills
• Experience of molecular biological components of genomics work
• Demonstrable success in working to deadlines and with numerous priorities
• Experience working with advanced instrumentation
• Supervision and line management experience

Other information
Closing Date: 19th January 2020

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.

Our benefits:
There’s an attractive benefits package on offer at the Genome Wellcome Campus. We appreciate the importance of achieving work-life balance and support this with a number of family and carer-friendly policies. Plus a flexible working policy for those who may wish to amend their working pattern or arrangement.
As well as the usual benefits you would expect, we go much further:
• 25 days annual leave (extra 1 day to a maximum of 30 days for every year you work)
• Auto-enrolment into a generous Group Defined Contribution Pension Scheme, with enhanced company contribution (for more information, see our Pensions page)
• Up to 2 days annual paid volunteering leave
• Up to 10 days paid Emergency Carers Leave per year
• Family friendly environment including options for flexible and part-time working, an on-site Workplace Nursery salary Sacrifice Schemes for pre-school children and Summer holiday club
• Life Assurance Cover and a Group Income Protection Scheme (if on a contract of 12 months or more)
• Enhanced maternity leave and parental leave
• Access to substantial number of courses and training events onsite
• Private Healthcare Scheme (after 6 months service)
• Eyecare and Dental payment plans
• Concessions and discounts from our corporate perks site

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.

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.

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