Other opportunities

Including Staff Scientist, Scientific Manager, IT and Informatics, Research Assistant, Technical and Administration.

Staff Scientists

Staff Scientists are PhD qualified individuals who use their experience and knowledge to form the core of a laboratory or project(s), usually as part of a Faculty team. Key responsibilities could include running significant elements of a team's activities, performing a recognised specialist and enduring role within a team or working as part of a research facility to meet the needs of other programmes. These roles may involve mentoring or managing less experienced team members or taking responsibility when the lab head is absent.

Scientific Managers

Scientific Managers have a variety of backgrounds and experience but all of their roles comprise significant managerial aspects - responsibility for projects, people, resources, budgets and often a combination of all four. Many are scientifically trained to PhD level; others will have a first degree in a biological or computing discipline and/or professional management qualifications. All roles will require a successful track record in managing scientific/technical teams and projects and call for particular skills in communication, coaching and managing priorities.

The roles will generally be found within the large, complex pipelines and projects operated by the Institute, although larger Faculty teams may also engage Scientific Managers particularly where there are high throughput activities.

IT and Informatics

Genomic research generates data on a massive scale and the infrastructure and methods to manage and interpret large-scale data are essential to the translation of research into biological understanding.

The substantial computing capacity required to support the above means that we are always looking for high calibre individuals to work within our IT function. Roles include the development and management of scientific web sites, the development and maintenance of databases capable of handling petabytes of data and the management of IT systems and hardware on an unprecedented scale. Roles will require skills and experience in a particular area with some requiring specialist qualifications. Progression can be as a technical specialist in a particular area of expertise or as a manager of a small team of IT professionals.

Informatics roles are more directly involved in the scientific research and use computers as their 'tools'. Roles range from developing the software which underpins scientific projects and programmes to carrying out biological analyses, from generating statistical hypotheses to annotating genes, from writing complex algorithms to piecing together sequence data.

Roles will require a variety of backgrounds and qualifications with some not requiring any previous experience in a scientific environment. They may exist as stand-alone roles in Faculty teams or as part of a much larger team providing support to significant programmes or projects.

Research Assistants

Research Assistants are generally degree qualified individuals who use their experience and knowledge to provide research/technical support to a project or several projects. They will carry out biological experiments and form the core of a laboratory or project(s). They may be operating either as a team member in carrying out scientific procedures or have responsibility for an element of a team's activities. At the more senior levels, they may have a higher degree and will oversee and provide guidance to less experienced/skilled team members. Some may hold formal line management responsibilities. In smaller teams, these roles will often be responsible for the smooth running of the laboratory including monitoring consumables and health and safety practices.

Due to the diversity of their role, Research Assistants - at all levels - may be found in Faculty teams or larger, pipeline activities. As individuals progress there can be the opportunity to move into a role with line management responsibilities - perhaps as a prelude to a future role as a Scientific Manager - or to remain in a more specialised, technical role.


Technical roles come in many guises and provide important support for the Institute's larger programmes, pipelines and research facilities by carrying out procedures and processes following agreed protocols. Technical staff may join the Institute with few or no formal scientific qualifications, although some (for example Animal Technicians) will gain these as they progress in their career. At the more senior levels, technical staff will be highly skilled and may oversee or manage the work of less experienced team members. Often a more senior role will be responsible for the smooth running of the laboratory including monitoring consumables and health and safety practices.


The Institute has a sizeable corporate function whose role it is to provide professional administrative support and services to the scientific teams.

As well as the customary areas such as Finance, Purchasing, Health and Safety, Human Resources and Stores, we also have departments dealing with Science Administration - regulatory affairs, grants and contracts, science policy - Laboratory Facilities, the Graduate Programme, Press/PR and the Public Engagement.

Roles range from entry level administration requiring no formal training to advisory or policy roles requiring specialist or professional qualifications. At senior level, roles will manage large teams and have responsibility for significant budgets. Roles will typically provide advice and guidance in their area of expertise and will be involved in projects and initiatives to provide the best possible support for the Institute's scientific programmes.

* quick link - http://q.sanger.ac.uk/o2fyv6gc