Opportunities for interim, contract and temporary positions

Research Assistant - DNA Pipelines (Covid-19 Surveillance)


in the region of £20,000 to £24,000 (plus 5% shift premium)

We have multiple opportunities to join our DNA Pipleines team as an Research Assistant. 

You will be joining us at an exciting time as we are committed to tracking, understanding and combatting COVID-19. We are sequencing thousands of virus genomes and using the data to trace transmission, inform public health measures and are monitoring for new variants. We are also working to understand how the virus interacts with our cells, and to develop new diagnostics.

#SARS-COV-2 genome surveillance

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.

About us:

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.

Working Pattern:

  • The facility will operate 12 hours a day, between the hours of 8am and 8pm.
  • Your shifts will involve an 8 hour working day, alternating between 08:00-16:30 and 11:30-20:00.
  • Your working pattern will consist of 4 days on followed by 2 days off.
  • You will work 4 blocks of 4 on, 2 off on one shift pattern and then switch to the alternating shift pattern for the next 4 blocks of 4 working days.

Essential Skills


  • 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

Interviews will be taking place virtually.

We will review applications and interview on a rolling basis until we find the right person for the role.