Senior Technical Assistant

Salary range £19,668 to £23,799 depending on skills and experience plus benefits

Do you enjoy working in a team? Are you meticulous?

We are seeking a self-motivated and enthusiastic Technician to support the Cellular Generation & Phenotyping [CGaP] facility.

We are responsible for developing and delivering complex and large scale cell biology projects to support the breadth of scientific programs at the Sanger Institute. The current portfolio of projects includes the generation of human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) and organoid lines, the differentiation and characterisation of the iPSC lines and the running of large scale CRISPR screens in cancer cell lines. Other projects include the generation of Plasmodium mutants for a malaria project.

You will be a key member of our team, enabling the delivery of multiple cell biology projects via supporting multiple teams by providing supplies of tissue culture, media, buffers and consumables for the smooth running of the facilities projects.

Your main responsibilities will be to ensure that the necessary culture media and matrix plates are generated in a timely manner dependent on demand. It will be important to follow good housekeeping and health and safety guidelines to ensure a clean and safe working environment and you must be able to manage your time effectively with regularly changing priorities and workloads using agreed procedures and practices.

This is an excellent opportunity for a candidate who enjoys working as part of a team knowing your efforts contribute to the wider goals of the department and the institute. This work requires absolute accuracy, attention to detail and concentration for high throughput generation of a variety of complicated materials.

Work will involve:

Regular exposure to -20 and -80 degree Celsius temperatures, during weekly resource rotation.
Requirement for weekend/ public holiday working.

Essential Skills:

Good level of numeracy and literacy
Effective team worker
Good organisational skills.
Good communication and willingness to present at team meetings.
Previous laboratory experience
Good hand/eye co-ordination
Capable use of computers
Able to complete work to tight timelines.

Application Instructions: 

Please apply online with your covering letter and CV at

Application Closing Date: 
24 March