Senior Technical Assistant

Senior Technical Assistant

Wellcome Sanger Institute

Cambridge, East of England, United Kingdom

Senior Technical Assistant
Salary range £19,668 to £23,799 depending on skills and experience plus benefits

Do you enjoy working in a team? Are you meticulous?

We are seeking a self-motivated and enthusiastic Technician to support the Cellular Generation & Phenotyping [CGaP] facility.

We are responsible for developing and delivering complex and large scale cell biology projects to support the breadth of scientific programs at the Sanger Institute. The current portfolio of projects includes the generation of human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) and organoid lines, the differentiation and characterisation of the iPSC lines and the running of large scale CRISPR screens in cancer cell lines. Other projects include the generation of Plasmodium mutants for a malaria project.

You will be a key member of our team, enabling the delivery of multiple cell biology projects via supporting multiple teams by providing supplies of tissue culture, media, buffers and consumables for the smooth running of the facilities projects.

Your main responsibilities will be to ensure that the necessary culture media and matrix plates are generated in a timely manner dependent on demand. It will be important to follow good housekeeping and health and safety guidelines to ensure a clean and safe working environment and you must be able to manage your time effectively with regularly changing priorities and workloads using agreed procedures and practices.

This is an excellent opportunity for a candidate who enjoys working as part of a team knowing your efforts contribute to the wider goals of the department and the institute. This work requires absolute accuracy, attention to detail and concentration for high throughput generation of a variety of complicated materials.

Work will involve:
• Regular exposure to -20 and -80 degree Celsius temperatures, during weekly resource rotation.
• Requirement for weekend/ public holiday working.

Essential Skills
• Good level of numeracy and literacy
• Effective team worker
• Good organisational skills.
• Good communication and willingness to present at team meetings.
• Previous laboratory experience
• Good hand/eye co-ordination
• Capable use of computers
• Able to complete work to tight timelines.

Ideal Skills
• Good aseptic technique
• Cell culture experience
• Knowledge of standard PC software e.g. Excel and the ability to adapt to learn new ones.

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:
• Group 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, cricket pitch 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 and CV with your application.

Closing date for applications: 24th March 2019

Please apply via recruiter’s website.