Research Assistant - Cellular Generation and Phenotyping

Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute - Health and Medical

We are seeking self-motivated, proactive individuals, interested in an entry level role in cell biology. The successful individuals will help to deliver multiple cell biology projects ranging from derivation of organoids or iPS cells from tissue samples, to differentiating IPS cells that have had relevant genes edited. The successful candidates will usually work on one or two projects as well as help maintain the department and laboratories. There are currently multiple positions with either 2 year fixed term or permanent contracts.

The Cellular Generation and Phenotyping Core Facility (CGaP) is responsible for developing and delivering complex and large scale cell biology projects to support the 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, the running of large scale CRISPR screens in cancer cell lines and generation of P. falciparum gene knockouts  for a malaria project.

Essential Skills

  • A relevant BSc in a life science subject, or equivalent laboratory experience
  • Mammalian cell culture experience,
  • Good communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Good organisational skills, able to plan and prioritise effectively
  • Team oriented approach
  • Attention to detail and good record keeping skills 

Ideal Skills

  • Experience of working with primary or stem cell lines
  • Experience of running cell based assays
  • Experience of antibody based staining techniques

Other information

The Sanger Institute is a charitably funded research centre focused on understanding the role of genetics in health and disease. We use state of the art large-scale genomic approaches to drive world-leading projects to uncover the basis of genetic and infectious disease. Our goal is to provide results that can be translated into diagnostics, treatments or therapies that reduce global health burdens.

The Institute is located near Cambridge, UK on the stunning Wellcome Genome Campus. This growing and dynamic site is the British hub of genomic science. It hosts the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI), Open Targets, a Biodata Innovation Centre and the Genomics England Limited’s 100,000 Genomes Sequencing Centre. The Campus is also home to Wellcome Genome Campus Connecting Science. Connecting Science inspires new thinking, sparks conversation and supports learning by drawing on the ground-breaking research taking place on the Campus. Its mission is to enable everyone to explore genomic science and its impact on research, health and society.

To help researchers to develop their skills and networks, the Institute hosts a range of scientific seminars with internal and invited speakers, scientific group meetings and skills development workshops.

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.

Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute welcomes applications from all candidates irrespective of age, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religion or belief, or marital or civil partnership status.

Please include a covering letter with your application describing how you meet the essential criteria for the role.

Closing date for applications is 28th August 2017
Interviews will take place between 11th and 25th September

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