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Senior Scientific Manager - Cellular Generation and Phenotyping

09 August 2018

A rare opportunity has arisen for a talented scientific manager to lead a group within the Cellular Generation and Phenotyping team (CGaP) here at the Sanger Institute. Your remit would be to deliver multiple diverse cell biology projects through your leadership of others.

  • Are you a highly organised, process orientated individual, able to consider ideas as part of the bigger picture?
  • Do you have a determination to push projects through to completion?
  • Are you experienced at managing a team and adept at strong communication?
  • Are you able to get the best out of the people, encouraging others to continually strive for innovative ways of working?
If you said yes to the above questions, then this is the job for you.

We are a core facility, responsible for providing cell biology resource and expertise to the wider institute. We do this by running multiple, diverse, large scale projects for various faculty teams.  Our current portfolio of projects includes genome wide CRISPR screens, iPSC derivation and differentiation, organoid derivation, The Human Cell Atlas Initiative and the generation of Plasmodiummutants.

You will be responsible for managing and delivering large-scale cell biology projects via the successful leadership of 4-6 research assistants of varying grades. You will be in charge of delivering between 2 and 3 projects at any one time, the current projects ear marked for you are a CRISPR iPSC whole genome library screen and a high throughput neuronal differentiation project.

In order to deliver the world-class science we maintain a focus on continuous process improvement. Ensuring that at all times we are striving to deliver value to the institute by exploring ways of improving quality and efficiency. We operate by taking protocols established in the faculty teams, transitioning them into our world, ensuring they are robust enough to run at scale and striving to identify new technologies and methods which can make our lives easier. The Sanger focuses on achieving the unachievable, CGaP is what makes this an everyday reality.

To succeed in this role you will need experience of scientific project management, excellent people skills and an understanding of the challenges of running multiple diverse projects at scale. Excellent organisational and planning skills are fundamental in running multiple projects simultaneously, with a need to ensure the team and all associated collaborators are fully informed of project status.

Essential Skills:
  • Extensive work experience in the field of cell biology, obtained via work in either Industry, biotech, CRO or R&D facility.
  • Significant experience and understanding of human cell biology techniques,
  • Experience of managing others to deliver in an operational, scientific management role,
  • Experience in line management, with a proven ability to motivate, develop and coach your staff,
  • Track record of delivering projects to agreed schedules, budgets and quality standards,
  • Understanding of and ability to determine, establish, monitor, report and act on critical metrics,
  • Proven organisational skills with the ability to plan and schedule yourself and your teams resource,
  • Highly developed communication skills with experience of establishing and maintaining effective relationships with people at all levels,
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a collaborative team,
  • Experience in troubleshooting both process and biological based issues.

Ideal Skills:

  • Prior experience of working in a containment level 2 and/or 3 biological lab,
  • Familiarity with regulatory requirements for Human and animal samples/tissue.

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Closing date: 26th August 2018