Research Assistant - Cellular Genetics

Location:  Cambridge, England
Salary:  GBP18422 - GBP23027 per annum + excellent benefits


Salary range: £18,422 to £23027pa plus excellent benefits. Fixed Term for 12 months.

The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute conducts cutting edge genomic research on an unprecedented scale and our laboratory teams play a vital role in enabling and supporting our science.

The Teichmann Group is currently looking for an enthusiastic, highly motivated and technically skilled Research Assistant to join the Open Targets project on “Discovery of immune cells and molecules involved in asthma remission”. This project forms part of an Open Targets (https://www.opentargets.org/) collaboration. The research assistant will be responsible for carrying out both routine and more bespoke laboratory protocols and procedures including: RNA/DNA extraction, PCR, SMART-Seq2, NGS library preparation. Training will be provided when necessary.

Working as part of the dynamic multi-disciplinary team, they will be helping to provide laboratory solutions and support in diverse projects.

The successful candidate will be able to work independently, have good communication skills and interact well with the both the team and senior staff.

They will be expected to take a collaborative and pragmatic approach when planning the work schedules in order to prioritise effectively.

Essential Skills

  • Biological degree with laboratory experience
  • Good Laboratory Practice
  • Prior experience of using common PC packages Excel/Word
  • Good understanding and experience of relevant molecular biology techniques
  • Ability to organise own workload
  • Ability to work independently and within a group but be able to recognise when to seek help.
  • Ability to keep good records.
  • Adaptability to changing priorities & workloads, and learning new skills.

Ideal Skills 

  • Experience of cell culture
  • Ability to work to a schedule and successfully manage and prioritise multiple competing experiments
  • Good understanding of laboratory Health and Safety issues, experience of writing risk assessments

Other information

Open Targets is a recently established pioneering public-private initiative between GlaxoSmithKline, Biogen, EMBL-EBI (European Bioinformatics Institute) and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute (WTSI), located on the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus in Hinxton, near Cambridge, UK. Open Targets aims to generate evidence on the biological validity of therapeutic targets and provide an initial assessment of the likely effectiveness of pharmacological intervention on these targets, using genome-scale experiments and analysis. Open Targets aims to provide an R&D framework that applies to all aspects of human disease, and to share its data openly with the scientific community. The goal of the platform is to harness the power of 'big data' and genome sequencing to improve the success rate for discovering new medicines and share its data openly in the interests of accelerating drug discovery.

Sanger Life

The Sanger Institute is a charitably funded research centre focused on understanding the role of genetics in health and disease. 

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 will soon host Genomics England Limited’s 100,000 Genomes Sequencing Centre. 

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. 

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 and CV with your application.  

Closing date for applications: 17th April 2017


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