Opportunities for interim, contract and temporary positions

Research Assistant

We have multiple opportunities to join our DNA pipelines team as

We have multiple opportunities to join our DNA pipelines team as a Research Assistant or Advanced Research Assistant. 

Research Assistant - £20,000 to £24,000 per annum

Advanced Research Assistant - £27,000 to £33,000 per annum 

About the role:

In this laboratory based role you will be responsible for performing either routine techniques in a high throughput environment or niche processes in a bespoke environment. Working as part of a team you will produce quality data within defined timeframes and assist with the everyday running of the laboratory. You will have a strong understanding of the team product portfolio and the scientific theory underpinning the processes.

You will be working for the DNA Pipelines department which has a central role within the Institute, delivering data to our faculty and external collaborators over a range of techniques and platforms. DNA library construction is carried out using various liquid handlers such as: TTP Labtech mosquito, Agilent Bravo, Hamilton and Beckman robotics. There is also manual library construction involving intensive use of single channel pipettes. The libraries are then sequenced on Illumina Sequencing instruments: MiSeq, HiSeq 2500, HiSeq 4000, HiSeq X and NovaSeq, or go for Long Read Sequencing on PacBio and Oxford Nanopore.


There will be options to join us on a standard working pattern of Monday to Friday, or alternatively a shift pattern of Wednesday to Sunday or, Saturday to Wednesday. 

Those individuals working on a shift pattern will receive a 5% shift premium.

Full and part time applications will be considered equally (pt 30 hours per week/ft 37 hours per week) 

Please use the application form to indicate your preferred working pattern.  


Essential Skills

Advanced Research Assistant;

  • BSc in a biological science or equivalent experience.
  • Excellent knowledge and practical experience in relevant techniques to the role.
  • Previous work experience as a technician / research assistant in a molecular biology laboratory.
  • Ability to correctly interpret scientific data.
  • Excellent organisational and planning skills in managing competing priorities in a busy environment.
  • A high level of interpersonal and communications skills.
  • Proven track record of consistent delivery in terms of volume/speed/quality.
  • Computer literate: Microsoft Office programmes including Word and Excel.

Research Assistant; 

  • BSc in a biological science or relevant lab experience.
  • A basic and general understanding of molecular biology and associated practical techniques relevant to the role.
  • Good manual dexterity and attention to detail; quality driven.
  • Excellent organisational and planning skills in managing competing priorities in a busy environment.
  • A high level of interpersonal and communications skills.
  • Ability to follow instructions accurately and efficiently, correctly interpret scientific data and work without supervision.
  • Computer literate: Microsoft Office programmes including Word and Excel.

Other information

External Applications:

Due to Covid 19, the Wellcome Genome Campus closed for all but essential functions and facilities. As we begin restarting our science, we have implemented measures to support our staff on site including one way systems, enhanced cleaning and increased facilities for handwashing. You can learn more about our campus and our return to research here. This role will require working on site and full details of working on site can be discussed during the interview stage.

Interviews will be taking place virtually and the successful candidate should expect to be fully supported through remote on-boarding and working from home until the Campus re-opens to all staff. This approach may vary for individuals located overseas and/or where a visa is required and starting will be based on a number of factors, we will be able to provide specialist advice to those affected candidates.

Internal Applications:

Secondment opportunities will be considered for this 12 month fixed term position and prior approval from existing managers should be sought in advance of your application. 

Closing date: 11th October, 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.

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