Advanced Research Assistant-Human Genetics

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Location
Cambridge, England
Salary
GBP24226 - GBP30537 per annum + excellent benefits
Posted
Sep 14, 2016
Closes
Sep 28, 2016
Ref
82457
Contact
The Institute
Result Type
Jobs
Position Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

Salary range: £24,226 to £30,537 pa depending on experience.

We are currently looking for an enthusiastic and technically skilled Advanced Research Assistant to carry out both routine and more bespoke laboratory protocols and procedures.

Our primary research interest involves using animal models to understand rare disease genetics in humans. We are starting a 5 year project to characterise mouse models of developmental disorders such as intellectual disability and autism, and examine the treatability of these disorders. The applicant's role will be to provide technical research support for different aspects of this project. The role spans molecular and histological characterisation of mouse models of disease, cognitive testing of mice, in addition to various molecular and cellular techniques on this and related projects. On the job training will be provided in areas where needed.

The successful candidate will be an excellent communicator to keep both the team and senior staff fully apprised of progress; they will be expected to take a collaborative and pragmatic approach when planning the work schedules in order to prioritise effectively.




Essential Skills

  • BSc in Genetics/Physiology/Anatomy or equivalent significant experience in a relevant area
  • Significant understanding of molecular genetics
  • Understanding and significant previous experience in molecular biology techniques including Cloning, PCR, qPCR, RNA isolation, and library construction
  • Experience using cell culture techniques
  • Experience with statistical packages, data visualisation tools, and other bioinformatic analysis resources
  • Willingness to work with mouse models
  • Ability to work independently, and show initiative to resolve issues arising
  • Adaptability to changing priorities & workloads, and willingness to learn new skills
  • Good manual dexterity & attention to detail
  • High level of computer literacy
  • Good communication skills
  • Team oriented approach


Ideal Skills

  • Experience in microscopy, tissue dissection, processing, and histology
  • Recent or Current Home Office Personal License for mouse work
  • Experience of handling and phenotyping mice
  • Experience of planning and/or conducting experiments using animal models
  • Experience of planning and/or conducting mouse behavioural experiments with emphasis on cognitive and/or neurological function

Other information

The Institute is located near Cambridge, UK on the stunning Wellcome Genome Campus. This growing and dynamic site is the British hub of genomic science. It hosts the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI), Open Targets, a Biodata Innovation Centre and will soon host Genomics England Limited's 100,000 Genomes Sequencing Centre. The Campus is also home to the Wellcome Genome Campus Courses, Conferences and Public Engagement (CCPE) programme. The CCPE programme delivers training and engagement focussed around genomics, its applications, and implications. Its vision is to inspire a range of audiences both on the Campus and beyond it, and make the world of genomics open and accessible to all.

Our Benefits include: Defined Contribution Pension Scheme, Group Income Protection, Healthcare scheme, Childcare Vouchers, Workplace Nursery and 25 days Annual Leave, increasing by one day per year up to a maximum of 30, plus Bank Holidays. We also have a gym, two cafes, dining facilities, and a free campus bus service. Our thriving Sports and Social Club provides many opportunities to meet with people working across the campus.

Please include a covering letter and CV with your application.

Closing date for applications: 25th September 2016, however applications will be considered and reviewed on an on-going basis and therefore the post may be filled before the deadline.