Senior Research Technician (Fixed Term)

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We are seeking to recruit a Senior Research Technician to join us at the Genomics & Bioinformatics Core (GBC) at Wellcome-MRC Institute of Metabolic Science. This is an exciting opportunity for someone who is passionate about genomics, next-generation (high-throughput) DNA sequencing and laboratory automation.

The GBC has, over the last 10+ years, carried out a variety of genomics studies, big and small, from within and outside of the institute, many of those found their way to top peer-reviewed journals. The majority of studies run by GBC are RNA, and targeted DNA sequencing (e.g. exomes). Recently we have acquired a 10X Chromium IX and Visium CytAssist instruments to handle the increasing demand for single-cell and spatial transcriptomics.

The role holder will be part of the joint laboratory and computational group. They will be mainly responsible for generating high quality samples from biological materials for next generation sequencing, with the use of the state-of-the-art liquid handling instruments. They will also assist the manager in the research and development of new sequencing methods, with feedback from the bioinformatics team.

The role holder will also provide support in administration activities such as operational management, reagent and consumable procurement, and health and safety governance.

We are particularly interested in candidates who are highly motivated, work to deadlines, and with the attention to detail. The postholder should be independent, and capable of taking feedback and input from their line manager and team members. They will also be able to demonstrate laboratory work to junior members of staff and students.

The candidate will have a BSc in Biochemistry or equivalent, and demonstrated experience in molecular biology techniques, such as quantitative real-time PCR and DNA sequencing. Experience in next-generation sequencing library preparations, and automated liquid handling systems, such as Beckman Coulter Biomek, will be advantageous.

In-house training will be provided. There will also be opportunities for attending external courses and conferences for staff professional development.

This position is based at the Wellcome Trust-MRC Institute of Metabolic Science ( at the University of Cambridge, which provides a highly collaborative and stimulating environment.

For any informal enquiries, please email Dr Marcella Ma ( or Prof. Giles Yeo (

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment. This appointment also requires a Research Passport application.

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Please ensure that you outline how you match the criteria for the post and why you are applying for this role on the online application form.

Please include details of your referees, including email address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

Closing date: 21st December 2023

Date of interview: To be confirmed

Please quote reference RG39538 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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