Head of Cellular Generation

Grade: PSG Band 4 Salary per annum: £58,000 - £80,000 Full Time/Flexible working considered Contract Type: Permanent Closing Date: 03/07/22 Job Reference: 84886

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a talented scientific leader to support the Cellular Generation team here at the Sanger Institute. Your remit will be to deliver multiple diverse cell biology projects through your leadership of others.

  • Do you have expertise in cutting-edge cellular models?
  • Are you experienced at managing a team and adept at strong communication?
  • Are you passionate about leading a team on a collaborative journey of continual improvement ensuring a culture of excellent customer service and high-quality delivery?
  • Are you enthusiastic about the development and adoption of new operational approaches to organoid and stem cell generation?

If you said yes to the above questions, then this is the role for you.

About the role

  • Lead the Cellular Generation team and Organoids Platform to drive research projects within the Scientific Programmes and beyond to meet their scientific objectives.
  • Guide staff on a collaborative journey of continual improvement approach to the services offered ensuring a culture of excellent customer service and high-quality delivery.
  • Drive the development and adoption of new operational approaches to organoid generation, and stem cell generation and differentiation to influence ways of working.
  • Foster a supportive environment in which staff work collectively to share ideas and resources, communicate clearly and generate innovative, results-driven solutions.

About the team

We are a core team within Cellular Operations, responsible for providing cell biology resource and expertise to the wider institute. We do this by running multiple, diverse, large-scale cellular generation projects for various faculty teams. Our current portfolio of projects includes organoid derivation from human tissue and differentiation of iPSC cells to new cell types to create a range of new disease models.

In order to deliver world-class science, we maintain a focus on continuous process improvement. Ensuring that at all times we are striving to deliver value to the institute by exploring ways of improving quality and efficiency. We operate by taking protocols established in the faculty teams, transitioning them into our world, ensuring they are robust enough to run at scale and striving to identify new technologies and methods.

Essential Skills


  • Significant, demonstrable experience in an operational management role 
  • Detailed knowledge of operational management practices (e.g. capacity planning, inventory management, quality management, process improvement) 
  • Experience in project management with demonstrable success in delivering a number of projects on time, in budget and to agreed quality standards 
  • Experience of successfully line managing teams and resolving a range of people related issues 
  • Experience in determining and establishing KPI’s, and other informative metrics 
  • Demonstrable evidence of coaching others successfully 
  • Experience in successfully managing change and rapidly shifting priorities 
  • Experience in the management of teams involved in scientific research, ideally involving cellular generation of Organoid and/or stem cell lines (i.e. ES cells, iPSCs) 
  • Be a champion for equality, diversity and inclusion, and work collaboratively with a range of different stakeholders 
  • Highly developed communication skills with experience of dealing with people at all levels successfully 
  • Excellent Relationship builder 
  • Work independently 
  • Strategic thinking skills, Ability to see the ‘bigger picture’ 


Ideal Skills

  • Knowledge and experience of cell biology 
  • Familiarity with Regulatory requirements for Human samples/tissue 

Other information

Please include a Cover Letter with your application, detailing your motivation for applying for this role and any other relevant information that is not on your CV.

Please complete the questions in the application form as these will be used in the shortlisting process.

We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis; therefore, applications may close before the deadline. 

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