Advanced Research Assistant (Flow Cytometry)

Job Details
Closing Date: 2019-09-29
Institution: Wellcome Sanger Institute
Term: Full time-Permanent
Keyword Names: Core/Shared Resource Laboratory, Research Assistant, Flow Cytometry (Analytical), Flow Cytometry (Sorting)
Salary: £26,960 to £32,622
Line 1: Wellcome Sanger Institute
Line 2: Wellcome Genome Campus
Line 3: Hinxton
City: Cambridge
State / County: Cambridge
Country: United Kingdom

Job Description

Advanced Research Assistant (Flow Cytometry)

Wellcome Sanger Institute, Cambridge, UK

About the role:

You will be working as part of an established team of flow cytometry specialists providing flow cytometric cell analysis as well as cell sorting service to our researchers.

You will be responsible for the day-to-day operation and maintenance of flow cytometers. You will train and support other members of staff/researchers in the use of the equipment.

You will also be expected to provide technical support for the facility, carrying out essential quality control procedures, instrument maintenance and troubleshooting.

This is an excellent opportunity for anyone who is interested in specialising in an exciting and rapidly developing field.

About the team:

The flow cytometry facility is a dedicated scientific service offering investigators with state of art flow cytometry instrumentation together with assistance in running samples, data analysis and experimental design.

The facility supports a wide range of flow cytometric techniques including analysis and isolation of chromosomes (flow karyotyping), cellular phenotyping, single cell sorting for transcriptomic assay, CRISPR-Cas9 knockout bulk cell sorting for genome wide screening etc.  Currently, the facility is equipped with 9 flow cytometers. These include high throughput cell analysers (BD LSRll, BD LSRFortessa, Beckman Coulter Cytoflex) and high speed cell sorters (Mo-Flo Legacy, Mo-Flo XDP, BD INFLUX and Sony MA900).

Essential Skills

  • BSc in Biological Science, Engineering or related disciplines or equivalent experience
  • Minimum 2 years working experience with flow cytometers
  • Detailed knowledge of flow cytometry with focus on technical expertise
  • Experience with using Beckman Coulter or Becton Dickinson cell analysers model
  • Experience with using cell sorters (BD Influx, Mo-Flo XDP, Sony SH800)
  • Knowledge of data analysis software such as Flowjo, FCS Express
  • Ability to follow instructions accurately and work independently
  • Ability to organise workloads and be able to deliver under pressure
  • Good communication skills
  • Self-motivation and diligence
  • Attention to detail

Ideal Skills

  • Experience in mammalian cell culture techniques
  • Working knowledge of flow cytometric protocols or other laboratory techniques 

Other information

The Wellcome Sanger Institute is a world leading genomics research centre. We undertake large-scale research that forms the foundations of knowledge in biology and medicine. We are open and collaborative; we share our data, results, tools and technologies across the world to advance science. Our findings are used to improve health and to understand life on Earth. Find out more at or follow us on TwitterFacebookLinkedIn and on our Blog

Our campus

Set across 130 acres, just outside of Cambridge, The Sanger Institute is located on the stunning Wellcome Genome Campus. Home to some of the world's foremost institutes and organisations in genomics and computational biology, committed to delivering life-changing science with the reach, scale, and creativity to solve some of humanity's greatest challenges.

Our benefits

There‚Äôs an attractive benefits package on offer at the Genome Wellcome 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 Cover and a Group Income Protection Scheme (if on a contract of 12 months or more)
  • Enhanced maternity leave and parental leave
  • Access to substantial number of courses and training events onsite
  • Private Healthcare Scheme (after 6 months service)
  • Eyecare and Dental payment plans
  • Concessions and discounts from our corporate perks site

Being part of the Genome Wellcome 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

To find out more about our Genome Wellcome Campus, see here.  

We hold an Athena SWAN Bronze Award and will consider all individuals without discrimination and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees, where everyone can thrive.

Please include a covering letter and CV with your application.

Closing date 29th September 2019