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Research Assistant - Tree of Life

Wellcome Sanger Institute - Blaxter Group

We are seeking a Research Assistant to join the Blaxter group in the Tree of Life programme to work in our nematode and meiofaunal genomics team. You will join a friendly and productive group working on the genomics of the smallest of animals - mostly nematodes, but also other meiofauna.

About the Team:

The Blaxter group is using high volume genomics to understand the evolution and biology of a wide range of taxa. One key project is to sequence to high quality the genomes of hundreds of free living and parasitic nematodes (roundworms) and other meiofaunal species. We also work on a wide range of other animals, plants, fungi and protists.

About the Role:

You will be responsible for maintenance and processing of nematode cultures for genomic analysis, including many free living taxa and new isolates from the wild. You will be responsible for shepherding strains from acquisition through to genome sequencing, working with others in the team to set priorities and develop procedures. You will participate in wild sampling of nematodes and other meiofauna.

About you:

We are seeking a graduate biologist, good with their hands in the laboratory - and preferably with some experience in handling Caenorhabditis or other nematode cultures - and with an enthusiasm for science that can see beyond the detail of the day to day work in the lab to new discoveries. You will be careful, meticulous and have a strong work ethic.

Essential Skills

Technical Skills:

  • BSc in a biological science or relevant laboratory experience 
  • Skills in laboratory molecular biology and microbiology – A basic and general understanding of molecular biology and associated practical techniques relevant to the role. 
  • Computer literate; Office or GoogleApps experience 
  • Ability to follow instructions accurately and efficiently, correctly interpret scientific data and work without supervision.

Competencies and Behaviours

  • Attention to detail; quality driven 
  • Must be able to work independently and as part of a team 
  • A high level of interpersonal and communications skills 
  • Ability to work collaboratively, supporting members of the team and reporting results in an open and timely manner 
  • Be open minded and willing to try out new approaches and solutions 
  • Excellent organisation and record keeping skills
  • Excellent planning skills in managing priorities in a busy environment
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills 

Ideal Skills

  • Experience of nematode culturing
  • Experience in working in a shared lab 

Other information

You can also find out more about our inspiring campus here and information on the Technician Commitment here.

Application process:

Please include your CV and a cover letter clearly outlining your suitability for the role by briefly listing your experience in each of the essential skills listed in the accompanying Role Profile.

Applications without this information in the cover letter will not be considered.

The closing date 30th January 2022 with the view to hold interviews wk commencing 21st February 2022 

Location: Cambridge, Hinxton
Salary: £20,620 to £25,000 Grade 4
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 12th January 2022
Closes: 30th January 2022
Job Ref: 84635
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