Associate Faculty Positions in Synthetic Genomics

Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute - Biological Sciences

The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute is seeking exceptional scientists to join the Institute as Associate Faculty, contributing to the Institute’s scientific portfolio in the area of synthetic genomics.

The Institute is an internationally outstanding genomic research centre with approximately 40 core faculty teams and 1,100 employees based south of Cambridge. Our mission is to use genome sequences to advance understanding of the biology of humans and pathogens in order to improve human health. With core funding and state-of-the-art platforms in sequencing, model organisms, cellular genetics and IT, we enable our researchers to concentrate on biological questions across a diverse range of genomic and genetic science, in both independent studies and large-scale collaborations. The result is a unique, vibrant and interactive research environment with synergies and cross-fertilisation of ideas across and between programmes. 

We welcome candidates with research interests in synthetic genomics that may complement the research in one of our five research programmes bringing in new areas and ideas.  Applications from exceptional individuals who have a different scientific focus within the field are also welcome. 

The successful candidates will not be employed by the Institute, but will be expected to spend between 10-20% of their time focused on the development of their Sanger research programme, contributing to the scientific life of the Institute.  Associate Faculty positions are accompanied with start-up funding to establish a small, independent team, engaged in research that cannot be conducted at their home organisation and enhanced by the Institute’s platforms, systems, and infrastructure.  Associate Faculty will be expected to secure third party funding to support their research endeavour.

Associate Faculty Requirements

  • Associated with a institute of higher learning or research centre
  • Easily accessibility to the Wellcome Genome Campus

Essential Skills

  • Demonstrated record of scientific accomplishment
  • Effective communicator with the ability to develop and maintain relationships inside and outside area of expertise
  • Has a clear vision and is able to communicate this vision
  • Demonstrates inclusivity and respect for all
  • Adept at engaging stakeholders, learners and decision-makers
  • Is flexible and adaptable to changing circumstances 

Other information

The Institute is located 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 host 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.

Application enquiries should be directed to recruit

For a discussion about the role, contact Steven Zemke in the first instance 

Applications should be accompanied by:

  • Curriculum vitae, complete list of publications and details of three referees;
  • A two page description summarising scientific achievements to date; and
  • A three page outline of future research plans indicating how these fit with, contribute to and make use of Sanger programmes and infrastructure.

We encourage applicants to reach out to our research programmes and individuals Group Leaders in prior to submitting an application.

Closing date for applications: 18th December 2017 however applications will be considered and reviewed on an on-going basis.