Associate Director of Science Solutions

We have a new and exciting opportunity for an Associate Director of Science Solutions to establish and lead a new unit within the Wellcome Sanger Institute, with the mission of directly enabling and supporting our world-leading genomics science.

The new Science Solutions unit within ICT in the Wellcome Sanger Institute is targeted on directly empowering and accelerating our science. It will do this by co-creating new IT methods, platforms and tools with our scientists  IT/informatics teams across the institute.It will provide a ‘power-assist’ for our Scientific Programmes, in a world where IT and informatics are critical to our science, covering exciting areas such as gene editing and new imaging techniques.

About the role:

Reporting directly to our CIO, you will work closely with Scientific Programme leads, Heads of Informatics, and Scientific Operations stakeholders to develop new and innovative IT/informatics solutions to keep our science at the leading edge.

The new unit will closely partner our Scientific Programmes and our Scientific Operations. It will work with them to exploit new opportunities and overcome barriers to the science.This includes horizon scanning new technologies, advanced high-performance algorithms, cloud solutions, and developing our platforms and tools which are already used across the globe.

You will oversee the successful transition of new solutions and capabilities into ongoing operation.

You will have explicit responsibilities of further developing our data management and informatics strategies, and establishing and leading an Informatics Community of Practice across our campus.

Given the ever increasing dependence of genomics on IT, data and informatics, this role is vital to the onward
success of the Wellcome Sanger Institute and its science.

Additional Information:

For full job specification please see job description attached.

Essential Skills

  • Experience of leading on advanced IT/technology solutions for genomics or similar scientific discipline
  • Experience of IT/informatics and data in a research environment
  • Experience of developing and delivering an informatics strategy
  •  Experience of developing and delivering a data management strategy
  • Experience of leading a community of practice or similar practitioner support organisation
  • Experience of horizon-scanning and developing R&D futures
  • Able to manage a complex portfolio of work, with conflicting priorities and resource demands
  • Familiarity with agile delivery principles.

Other information

Final closing date for applications: 29th June 

About Us

The Wellcome Sanger Institute is a world leading genomics research centre. Our findings are used to improve health and to understand life on Earth.

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 is accessible on day 1 for all 
  • Group Income Protection Scheme (if on a contract exceeding 12 months)
  • Enhanced maternity, parental and adoption leave
  • Access to substantial number of courses and training events onsite
  • Private Healthcare Scheme 
  • 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

In 2020 we were 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

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