Head of Research - Scientific Operations

We have a unique opportunity for a Head of Research. to join our world leading Scientific Operations team. Working closely with our senior scientists across the organisation, the Head of Research will provide strategic-level input, expert scientific counsel and will deliver innovative applied research programmes that support our cutting-edge science.

About the role:

As Head of Research you will have primary responsibility for leading and directing horizon scanning activities to identify opportunities emerging within the organisation and externally. You will be the pinnacle of research thought leadership within Scientific Operations, developing close working relationships with faculty groups and ICT colleagues to stimulate innovation and work collaboratively on new initiatives. You will be expected to foster, grow and harmonise the applied research culture across the organisation and will lead a dedicated team of technical and scientific experts with a remit to identify and qualify potential solutions that fulfil unmet scientific needs.
You will understand the challenges being faced and will lead the development of solutions that address them, using evidence-led approaches and work in accordance with the organisational policies on Behavioural Competency and Good Research Practice.
You will manage 3-4 specialist groups, with each group leader having a strong background in a particular domain of expertise that aligns with our operational functions.
As Head of Research you will be expected to promote and role-model a culture of diversity, inclusivity, creativity and positivity, driving forward change where necessary.
About us:

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.

Our science is large-scale and organised into research Programmes, led by our Faculty who conceive and deliver our science, and supported by our Scientific Operations and IT teams responsible for all data production pipelines, compute and storage facilities at the Institute.

Essential Skills
PhD in molecular biology or similar subject
Extensive and demonstrable experience of working in an applied research environment
Experience in leading multidisciplinary teams, working with and across teams
Exemplary leadership skills with both practical and short/long term strategic vision; ability to build relationships and inspire confidence and respect at all levels; strong team player.
Experience leading research projects/programmes/consortia
Detailed and extensive working knowledge of applied research methods (e.g. statistical analysis, experimental design, good research practice).
Detailed knowledge of applied research methods (e.g. statistical analysis, experimental design, good research practice).
A good blend of strategic and analytical thinking; innovative personality; able to see the bigger picture and set future direction.
Strong ethical standards and a high level of personal integrity.
Excellent communicator – able to build rapport and demonstrate strong influencing, negotiation skills and decision-making skills; excellent listening skills - receptive to feedback and demonstrates flexibility, curiosity and an ability to learn.
Demonstrates and encourages ownership and responsibility; drive/motivation - has a “can-do” attitude and is committed to delivering results and strives for continuous improvement.
Ability to understand and apply new concepts quickly
Experience of dealing with rapidly changing priorities.
Highly developed problem-solving skills
Ideal Skills
Experience of large-scale production pipelines.
Other information
People remain at the centre of everything that we do, and that includes our response to COVID-19. The Wellcome Genome Campus is closed to all but essential functions and facilities. Our Campus Incident Management Team are continuing to monitor the Coronavirus outbreak, and advice from PHE and central government.

We are conducting all interviews virtually until further notice. You will be provided with further details at interview selection and should expect to be fully supported through this process. Thank you for your understanding.

Closing date: 7th February 2021

About Us
The Wellcome Sanger Institute is a world leading genomics research centre. Our findings are used to improve health and to understand life on Earth.

Our benefits:

There’s an attractive benefits package on offer at the Wellcome Genome 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 is accessible on day 1 for all
Group Income Protection Scheme (if on a contract exceeding 12 months)
Enhanced maternity leave and parental leave
Access to substantial number of courses and training events onsite
Private Healthcare Scheme
Eyecare and Dental payment plans
Concessions and discounts from our corporate perks site
Being part of the Wellcome Genome 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
In 2020 we were awarded an Athena SWAN Silver Award. We will consider all individuals without discrimination and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees, where everyone can thrive.

Application Instructions: 
Application Closing Date: 
07 February