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Wellcome Sanger Institute

Our Campus

Life at the Sanger Institute is unique. We are tackling some of the most difficult challenges in genomic research. This demands science at scale; a visionary and creative approach to research that pushes the boundaries of our understanding in new and exciting ways.

Set across 130 acres, just outside of Cambridge, our people are shaping the future by delivering life-changing science with the reach, scale, and creativity to solve some of humanity’s greatest challenges.

COVID-19 research at the Sanger Institute

We are committed to tracking, understanding and combatting COVID-19. At Sanger, we have received and handled over 20,000 million samples since March 2020 – these samples are the residues of PCR tests, which test for the presence of the virus. Anywhere between 8-20 per cent of samples we receive are positive. Capacity is being increased to be able to sequence 20,000 a week by the end of February. Over 300 staff have been involved in the effort at Sanger so far, including teams working on logistics, software, sequencing, research and development, operations and analysis. The operation runs 7 days a week.

What does it take to sequence tens of thousands of COVID-19 samples?

On 23 March 2020 the Wellcome Sanger Institute began preparations to sequence the genetic code of the COVID-19 virus. The huge logistical and technical operation was set up in a matter of weeks. This short film gives a glimpse of the work going on behind the scenes, from Stores to DNA preparation, from sequencing to data handling.

Our Benefits

There’s an attractive benefits package on offer at the Wellcome Genome 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.

  • 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
  • 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 – six times your pensionable pay if you are a member of our pension scheme
  • Group Income Protection Scheme (if on a contract exceeding 12 months)
  • Enhanced maternity, parental and adoption leave
  • Access to substantial number of courses and training events onsite
  • Private Healthcare Scheme
  • Eyecare and Dental payment plans
  • Concessions and discounts from our corporate perks site

We recruit locally, nationally and internationally and welcome applications and expressions of interest at every level. Sanger Institute is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

We take great pride in our Campus and currently have many green initiatives to sustain our environment and surroundings, including our Energy Campaign, Award winning Green Travel Plan and Wetlands Nature Reserve.

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Key Facts for 2020

Sequencing Centre

  • We read the genomes of 583 species in 2020
  • The Sequencing Centre outputted an average of 24,000bn DNA bases a day

IT and Technology

  • The Institute houses one of the most powerful supercomputing infrastructures in Europe
  • We have an approximate of 45,000 compute cores

Research Papers published in 2019

  • 568 research articles were published in 2020
  • 7 research articles in Cell
  • 26 research articles in Nature
  • 14 research articles in Nature Genetics
  • 54 research articles in Nature Communications
  • 10 research articles in Science

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