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Advanced Research Assistant

We are looking for an enthusiastic, highly motivated individual to join a team of scientists working on the delivery of large-scale cell biology projects. As an Advanced Research Assistant, you will support the delivery of high-quality innovative science.

About the role: 

You will be working on Spatial Analysis projects as well as hold other responsibilities, which will aid in the development and running of the department. This is a permanent role and will require on call out of hours work.

You will join a multi-disciplinary team working on the Human Cell Atlas project aimed at cataloging every cell in the human body ultimately providing insights into human health and disease. The project utilises emerging genomic and spatial technologies. A key focus of this position will be to develop skills and experience in human tissue processing, cryosectioning and paraffin sectioning of human tissue samples; spatial transcriptomics and RNAScope methods. Experience in these areas is highly desirable.

We will provide you with all the appropriate training for you to fulfil your role and offer you a career pathway which allows progression and development of new skills. You will transition into delivering the protocols without requiring close supervision. You will also be supported to take part in department and institute wide initiatives.

About the team: 

Cellular Generation and Phenotyping (CGaP) is a core facility, responsible for providing cell biology resource and expertise to the wider institute. We do this by running multiple, collaborative projects with faculty teams across the Institute. Our current portfolio of projects includes The Human Cell Atlas with a focus on spatial biology, genome wide CRISPR screens, iPSC derivation, differentiation, and Organoid Derivation. Our role is to support the institute in its aims and for that, we continually strive to remain at the forefront of innovative research. Namely translating academic research into large-scale projects, which push the boundaries of our understanding, allowing the Sanger to remain a world leader in genome research.

Essential Skills

  • Degree in Biological Sciences, or equivalent experience
  • Relevant laboratory experience
  • Extensive experience working with primary tissues and/or histology
  • Prior experience of running tissue or primary cell based assays or antibody staining techniques
  • Proven process improvement/troubleshooting ability
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Computer literate
  • Ability to keep good up-to-date records with attention to detail
  • Ability to test and implement new approaches and techniques into new SOPs
  • Ability to work to a schedule and successfully manage and prioritise multiple competing tasks
  • Proven experience of working within a team
  • Excellent organisational and communication skills


Ideal Skills

  • Microscopy and image acquisition experience
  • Cryosectioning experience
  • Other histology experience e.g. wax embedding/paraffin sectioning/H&E staining/immunohistochemistry
  • Experience working with human tissue samples/Human Tissue Act
  • Experience of training others
  • Proven track record in generating and analysing large volumes of high-quality data


Other Information

Part-time applicants seeking 30 hours or more per week will be considered.

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

Closing date for applications: 31st August 2020.


About Us

The Wellcome Sanger Institute is a world leading genomics research centre. We undertake large-scale research that forms the foundations of knowledge in biology and medicine. Our findings are used to improve health and to understand life on Earth. Find out more at www.sanger.ac.uk or follow us on Twitter, FacebookLinkedInYoutube and on our Blog


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.
As well as the usual benefits you would expect, we go much further:

  • 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 (for more information, see our Pensions page)
  • 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 Cover and a Group Income Protection Scheme (if on a contract of 12 months or more)
  • Enhanced maternity leave and parental leave
  • Access to substantial number of courses and training events onsite
  • Private Healthcare Scheme (after 6 months service)
  • Eyecare and Dental payment plans
  • Concessions and discounts from our corporate perks site

Being part of the Wellcome Genome Campus you will be part of the beautiful working environment with an impressive range of benefits, services and facilities also including:

  • Free bus service to and from Campus, covering various routes around Cambridge, Saffron Walden and surrounding villages
  • A car-share initiative
  • Free parking
  • A number of on-site venues where you can meet, eat and socialise with colleagues
  • A thriving Sports and Social Club which provides members with subsidised access to a gym, tennis courts, sports hall, fitness classes and a vibrant social calendar of events

Find out more about our Wellcome Genome Campus.

We have recently been awarded an Athena SWAN Silver Award. We will consider all individuals without discrimination and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees, where everyone can thrive.