Staff Scientist/Senior Staff Scientist: Sequencing Research

Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
Job Location: 
Hinxton, Cambridgeshire UK
£31,567 - £47,553 per annum depending on experience

Pension scheme, Private healthcare insurance

Job Description: 

The Sequencing R+D team is responsible for creating innovative protocols that improve our current sequencing technologies and/or enable novel and exciting applications. The team is also responsible for evaluating new 3rd-generation sequencing instruments and implementing creative strategies to exploit their benefits.

We are looking to recruit a Staff Scientist/Senior Staff Scientist. The successful candidate will be a creative, motivated and productive post-doctoral researcher who will drive research programs to create innovative protocols, to design and optimize novel strategies to prepare samples and libraries, and perform ground-breaking experiments on next-generation DNA sequencing platforms. This is an exciting and challenging position with great potential for the right candidate. Candidates should have a proven track record with method development, hands-on experience with diverse Next Generation Sequencing methodologies and be able to demonstrate independent conceptual thinking that could result in the creation of new applications.


Essential Skills

PhD in a biological science, or a physical science with a biological focus (e.g., where the project involved measurement, visualisation or manipulation of nucleic acids)
Demonstrable experience with technology and protocol development
Excellent laboratory skills with attention to detail and knowledge of underlying theory
A solid understanding and practical experience of DNA sequencing, PCR, manipulation and modification of nucleic acids
Excellent communication skills
Experience of preparing manuscripts for publication
Independent and creative thinking
Good computing skills
Ability to work both independently and as part of a team

Ideal Skills

Experience with next-generation sequencing library preparation
Experience of analysing next-generation sequencing data

Contact Information: 

Apply via the Institute's job portal from this page

To apply please complete our application form and include a covering letter.

Closing date for applications: 16th March 2014

About Our Organization: 

The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute has long been at the forefront of DNA sequencing. Over the last few years, we have maintained this position with a serious commitment to next-generation DNA sequencing technology and intend to continue leading the way with 3rd-generation methods. Our vast capacity allows the Sanger Institute to perform many unique and exciting projects never before possible, including medical resequencing of thousands of individual genomes, studying the genetic alterations responsible for cancer and sequencing various pathogens of interest for global public health.

The Genome Campus is a 100-acre estate south of Cambridge in the grounds of Hinxton Hall. Nestled in the quiet countryside of these landscaped gardens, are two world-class research facilities: the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI). The site has become the British hub of biomedical science. The Campus is also home to the Wellcome Trust Advanced Courses and Scientific Conferences programme and the Wellcome Trust Conference Centre.

In addition to its peaceful location the campus offers excellent facilities including a state of the art data centre, gym, two cafes, a nursery, dining facilities, a cycle to work scheme, car sharing and free campus buses from various locations around Cambridge.

Equally important to campus life is the range of social activities offered by the Sports and Social Club whether it is a Burns' Night Supper, the Mid-Summer Ball or a quiz night there are opportunities to meet with people working across the organization.

Learning, development and networking are other important aspects of life on campus. There are a range of scientific seminars with our own and invited speakers, scientific group meetings and skills development workshops.