R&D Laboratory Technician (12 Month FTC)

  • Cambridge, UK
  • Full-time
  • Department: Lab R&D
  • Office: Cambridge

Company Description

Genomics England successfully led the world-leading 100,000 Genomes Project, which compared and analysed individuals’ genetic codes to help diagnose, treat and prevent illness.

We're now accelerating our impact, working with the NHS to further develop and embed genomic healthcare and research in Britain.  Our next chapter involves working with patients, doctors, scientists, government and industry to improve genomic testing, and help researchers access the health data and technology they need to make new medical discoveries and create more effective, targeted medicines for everybody.

Job Description

We have an opportunity for an R&D Laboratory Technician to join our organisation on a 12 month FTC to perform molecular biology assay development and execution, including NGS library preparation and sequencing experiments, using your expertise in sequencing technology.

As a Laboratory Technician at Genomics England, your day to day will consist of designing and performing experiments such as DNA sample preparation and QC, followed by library preparation and sequencing for long read technologies. You'll be responsible for keeping a detailed record and tracking of samples throughout the preparation and sequencing process. You'll have the opportunity to collaborate with the R&D team and partners to optimise sequencing protocols and automation of lab procedures as well as to analyse sequencing performance, support troubleshooting efforts and resolve issues.

As well as this, you will be ensuring general maintenance of the lab and instrumentation and preparing data and reports for technical meetings.

Skills & Experience for Success

It's essential for this position that you have postgraduate experience working in a lab including hands-on experience of molecular biology techniques.

We anticipate that the ideal candidate will have:

  • Post-graduate experience working in a molecular biology lab, processing multiple batches of samples.
  • A solid background in molecular biology, and a keen interest in cutting edge sequencing technologies applied to clinical samples.
  • Practical experience with DNA/RNA purification and handling, NGS library preparation and whole genome sequencing or relevant nucleic acid based assays.
  • Experience of long read sequencing

If this sounds like the opportunity you're looking for, please apply with your most up-to-date CV!


B.Sc. in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Biomedical Science or other related biological science disciplines.

Additional Information

Originally conceived as a project, Genomics England has transformed to meet the long-term opportunities created by our scientific breakthroughs in understanding the Human Genome. Being part of this journey is a reward in itself, however we're pleased to offer our colleagues a great benefits package including:

  • competitive salary
  • 30 days holiday
  • generous pension scheme
  • individual learning budgets for every colleague
  • a raft of other benefits

Talk to our Talent Team and find out how a career with Genomics England will benefit you.

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