Opportunities for interim, contract and temporary positions

Product Lead

The DNA Pipelines department has a central role, delivering high quality data to our faculty and we are looking for multiple

The DNA Pipelines department has a central role, delivering high quality data to our faculty and we are looking for multiple individuals to join our team as Product Lead. 

DNAP is an integral part of the Sanger Institute, performing services for our faculty and their collaborators, processing over 250,000 samples per annum through our sequencing pipelines. Product Leads are responsible for the running of laboratory operations and processes. You will be accountable for the planning, scheduling and throughput of all pipeline work. You will be the first point of contact for troubleshooting problems, championing change and continuous improvement to processes and mechanisms. You will be responsible for data quality control and the timeliness of data delivery, as well as managing the performance of all team members within your product line.

The following liquid handling platforms are used by our pipelines during library construction: TTP Labtech mosquito, Agilent Bravo, Hamilton and Beckman. And our sequencing fleet comprises of the following Instrument types: Illumina - MiSeq, HiSeq 2500, HiSeq 4000, HiSeq X and NovaSeq, and long read sequencers from PacBio and Oxford Nanopore. Experience in one or more of these platforms is desirable.

Managing the performance of team members will encompass the identification and provision of appropriate training and development initiatives according to individual needs and fostering a positive working environment.


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.

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





Essential Skills


  • BSc in a biological science or equivalent experience.
  • In depth knowledge of molecular biology and experience in a range of practical techniques.
  • Experience of working in a laboratory environment in a supervisory capacity.
  • Ability to correctly interpret scientific data and troubleshoot over a range of issues.
  • Excellent organisational and planning skills in managing competing priorities in a busy environment.
  • A high level of interpersonal and communications skills.
  • A collaborative nature; demonstrable experience and skills in tact and diplomacy when dealing with difficult situations.
  • Experience with automation and high-throughput assays.
  • Computer literate: LIMS and Microsoft Office programmes including Word, Excel and Outlook.


Ideal Skills


  • Basic programming of automation platforms.
  • Experience of line management and performance management processes.
  • Understanding of coaching practices.


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.

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.