Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute

Senior Research Assistant - Cellular Generation and Phenotyping

Wellcome Sanger Institute

Cambridge, United Kingdom

Senior Research Assistant – Cellular Generation and Phenotyping
Salary in the region of £33,935 – £41,062 (dependent on experience) plus excellent benefits.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Senior Research Assistant to support the Cellular Generation and Phenotyping team (CGaP) here at the Sanger.

The Opportunity
You will join a multi-disciplinary team working collaboratively in delivering a project involving differentiation of iPSC into neural progenitor cells. Additionally, you may also be involved in projects deriving iPSC from skin and blood samples. Overtime there will also be scope for you to move between diverse projects we run here at CGaP.

Working with a team of enthusiastic and highly motivated Research Assistants, you will provide support to the team, inspiring, developing and mentoring junior staff. Excellent communication and relationship-building skills alongside strong time management and organisational skills are needed in abundance as in the ability to troubleshoot and identify areas for process improvement.

Team ethos
As a team we work together to successfully deliver large-scale projects, building a culture of respect, cohesiveness and continuous process improvements. We encourage all staff to take part the learning and development opportunities available at the Institute as well as department and institute wide initiatives.

More about CGaP and the department’s portfolio of projects:
We are a core facility, responsible for providing cell biology resource and expertise to the wider institute. We do this by running multiple, diverse, high throughput projects for various faculty teams from across the Sanger Institute. Our current portfolio of projects includes, iPSC derivation and differentiation toward myeloid and neuronal lineages, genome wide CRISPR screens, organoid derivation, the Human Cell Atlas Initiative and the generation of Plasmodium mutants as well as work with various species of the pathogen Klebsiella.

Application Process
Please apply online and include a covering letter with your application describing how you meet the essential criteria for the role.

Essential Skills
Technical: (E=essential and D=Desirable)
• BSc in Biology plus extensive cell biology laboratory experience
• Prior experience of running and developing cell based assays and processes, including cell culture systems, reporter assays, flow cytometry, ICC, PCR, etc (E)
• Ability to troubleshoot complicated laboratory processes (E)
• Experience of identifying and successfully resolving complex scientific/technical issues (E)
• Proven track record in generating and analysing high quality data (E)
• High attention to detail and good record keeping (E)
• Experience in iPSC differentiation (E)
• Experience working in CL2/CL3 settings (D)
• An understanding of cell reprogramming technologies, such as deriving iPSC from skin and blood samples (D)

Skills & Attributes
• Proven ability to be able to work independently, organise and schedule their own work (E)
• Ability to successfully manage and prioritise multiple competing projects (E)
• Proven experience in training and developing others in scientific techniques (E)
• Excellent communication skills (E)
• Experience in collaborating with others and effectively working in teams (E)
• Willingness to work towards developing strong people and line management skills (E)
• Proven ability to be able to organise and schedule more junior members of staff work (D)

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: 2nd June 2019

Please apply via recruiter’s website.