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Advanced Research Assistant - Flow Cytometry

A new opportunity has arisen in our state-of the art Cytometry Core facility (CCF). The CCF is a high-end multi-user unit servicing internal researchers and external collaborators.

This is an excellent opportunity for anyone who is interested in specialising in an exciting and rapidly developing field.

About the role:

  • You will be working as part of an established team of flow cytometry specialist providing flow cytometric cell analysis as well as sorting service to our researchers.
  • You will be responsible for the day-to-day operation and maintenance of flow cytometers.
  • You will train and support other members of staff/researchers in the use of the equipment.
  • You will also be expected to provide technical support for the facility, carrying out essential quality control procedures, instrument maintenance and troubleshooting.

About us: 

The flow cytometry facility at the Wellcome Sanger Institute is a dedicated scientific service offering investigators with state of art flow cytometry instrumentation together with assistance in running samples, data analysis and experimental design.

The facility supports a range of flow cytometric techniques such as immuno-phenotyping, flow karyotyping (chromosome analysis), single cell sorting for transcriptomic assay and CRISPR-Cas9 knockout bulk cell sorting for genome wide screening. 

The facility is equipped with 7 flow cytometers.  These include high throughput cell analysers (BD LSRFortessa, Beckman Coulter Cytoflex) and high-speed cell sorters (Mo-Flo XDP, BD INFLUX and Sony MA900).  The facility would soon be acquiring the latest flow cytometers with spectral detection technology (Cytek Aurora cell analyser and BigFoot high-speed cell sorter).

Essential Skills


  • BSc in Biology, Immunology, Chemistry or related disciplines or equivalent experience (>3 years) in flow cytometry work
  • Detailed knowledge of flow cytometry with focus on technical expertise
  • Experience with using Beckman Coulter or Becton Dickinson cell analysers model
  • Experience with using cell sorters (BD Influx, Mo-Flo XDP, Sony SH800)
  • Knowledge of data analysis software such as Flowjo, FCS Express
  • Ability to follow instructions accurately and work independently
  • Ability to organise workloads and be able to deliver under pressure
  • Good communication skills
  • Self-motivation and diligence
  • Attention to detail.


Ideal Skills


  • Experience in mammalian cell culture techniques
  • Working knowledge of cytometric protocols or other laboratory techniques (immunology) with an emphasis on instrumentation.


Other information

Closing date: 30th June 2021