Faculty Position in Human Population Genetics

Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
Hinxton, Cambridgeshire
PSG Band 4
October 13 2017
Organization Type

The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute is seeking a promising early career stage scientist to join its Core Faculty to lead a research team in Human Population Genetics. Positions carry a significant core package of salaries and support backed by rewarding and flexible employment terms including excellent benefits and relocation support. Our exceptional core funding enables new faculty to immediately focus their energy on science.

The Institute is an internationally outstanding genomic research centre with approximately 40 core Faculty teams and 1,100 employees based south of Cambridge. Our mission is to use genome sequences to advance understanding of the biology of humans and pathogens in order to improve human health. With core funding and state-of-the-art platforms in sequencing, high-performance computing, model organisms, genome editing and cellular genetics, we enable our researchers to concentrate on biological questions across a diverse range of genomic and genetic science, in both independent studies and large-scale collaborations. The result is a unique, vibrant and interactive research environment. 

We welcome candidates with research interests in the broad area of human population genetics. The UK and the Sanger Institute are at the forefront of population-scale sequencing. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to collaborate closely with the AstraZeneca Genomics Initiative based in Cambridge, which aims to analyse up to 2 million human genome sequences. 

Essential Skills

  • Demonstrated record of scientific innovation and accomplishment in human population genetics
  • Effective communicator with ability to develop and maintain relationships inside and outside area of expertise 
  • Collaborative and collegial approach to science 
  • Experience of presenting scientific results to diverse audiences 
  • Has potential to develop a clear scientific vision of their field and their place within it 
  • Demonstrates inclusivity and respect for all 

Ideal Skills

  • Is flexible and adaptable to changing circumstances 
  • Conveys a passion and direction which motivates team 
  • Previous management or supervision of technical/professional individuals and groups 
  • Experience of designing and delivering projects 

Other information

For further information on research in Human Genetics please visit: Human Genetics programme. For a discussion about the role, contact Matt Hurles in the first instance. If you have any questions about the application process, or have any informal enquiries about working at the Sanger Institute, please contact our Equality and Diversity Manager, Saher Ahmed.

For more information on our core benefits please visit: Sanger employee benefits. We seek to provide a supportive family friendly environment to enable scientists at all levels to balance their professional and home lives. This includes options for flexible and part-time working, support and advice for staff taking maternity, paternity, adoption and parental leave an on-site nursery, Campus summer holiday club and childcare voucher scheme.   

Set over 125 acresthe stunning and dynamic Wellcome Genome Campus is the biggest aggregate concentration of people in the world working on the common theme of Genomes and BioData. It brings together a diverse and exceptional scientific community, committed to delivering life-changing science with the reach, scale and imagination to solve some of humanity’s greatest challenges.  

The Campus is a community of organisations working in genomic research, enterprise, education and discourse. It is home to some of the world's foremost institutes and organisations in genomics and computational biology, including the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute which is the largest organisation on Campus, the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), Open Targets and Genomics England.  Also located here is Connecting Science - its mission is to enable everyone to explore genomic science and its impact on research, health and society by drawing on the ground-breaking research taking place on the Campus.

Applications should be accompanied by:

  • Curriculum vitae, complete list of publications and details of three referees;
  • A two page description summarising scientific achievements to date; and
  • A three page outline of future research plans indicating how these could fit with, contribute to and make use of Sanger programmes and infrastructure.

Closing date for applications: 19th November 2017. Interviews will be held in late November/early December