24th Aug 2023

Join us – Laboratory Operations Officer

  • Full time
  • Salary in the region of £31,000 to £37,000
  • Closing date: 14 September

Do you want to help us improve human health and understand life on Earth? Make your mark by shaping the future to enable or deliver life-changing science to solve some of humanity’s greatest challenges.

We have an exciting opportunity for a Laboratory Operations Officer to join Wellcome Connecting Science, as part of our Learning and Training team.

About the Role:

You will perform effective laboratory-based operations, which enable the successful delivery of Connecting Science’s programme of in-person training courses. This includes inventory management, health and safety, laboratory housekeeping, and onsite laboratory support for courses and events.

Working closely with the Laboratory Courses Manager and Lab Technical Officer, you will identify and deliver the laboratory requirements for each training course or event, held in our training lab on the Wellcome Genome Campus.

You will undertake purchasing, receiving, logging, and storing of consumables and reagents in a timely manner; document and maintain a consumables inventory; produce and maintain accurate records for laboratory equipment including information on maintenance, calibrations, and PAT testing; source loan equipment as needed; and work with the team to develop and maintain SOPs for critical tasks. You will also contribute to the management of laboratory health and safety, including the preparation of risk assessments.

You will be responsible for:
  • operational aspects of delivering approximately 10 events per year, as well as maintaining inventories, relevant documentation, and other tasks and projects, throughout the year.
  • contribute to supporting our Global Training programme which takes place in locations across Africa, Asia and Latin America.
  • ensuring that training course participants have the best learning experience during their time on Campus, and meet their learning goals.
  • Training courses vary in length and duration, and some may require out of hours (evening/weekend) work and travel outside the UK.
About You:
  • You will have a background in life sciences, with experience of working in a laboratory setting.
  • Ideally you will also have experience of organising scientific training or conference events, project management, and genetics or genomics; or an enthusiasm for these topics.
Essential Skills:
  • Life Sciences degree (BSc or MSc)
  • Demonstrable experience of working in a laboratory setting
  • Experience of using a range of IT tools and packages such MS Office and Google products (including MSOffice Suite and proficient use of shared repositories such as Google Drive)
  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team to deliver a shared goal
  • Flexibility in adapting working styles and practices
  • Able to effectively prioritise daily tasks, and respond to changes in priority
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Excellent organisational skills
About Us:

Wellcome Connecting Science’s mission is to enable everyone to explore genomic science and its impact on research, health and society. Drawing on the ground-breaking research taking place on the Wellcome Genome Campus, Connecting Science inspires new thinking, sparks conversation, supports learning, and understands global attitudes and perspectives. We connect researchers, health professionals and the wider public, creating opportunities and spaces to explore genomic science and its relationship with people, and the world around us.

Our Learning and Training offer spans from discovery research based on genomic technologies, to the application of genomics in healthcare and public health. We combine our expertise and experience in educational development and event delivery, with the specialist knowledge of collaborators from institutions across the globe. Together, we create potentially career-defining events and activities, to enable learners to explore the latest genomic tools, technologies, and applications. Our programme ranges from immersive, multi-day conferences and training courses on the Wellcome Genome Campus, to introductory, online learning, and focused, hands-on courses in regional hubs across Africa, Asia, and Latin America. We aim to reach beyond the science, fostering networks for global collaboration and knowledge exchange, capacity building, and the development of new careers, skills, and understanding.

Wellcome Connecting Science and the Wellcome Sanger Institute are part of the same Wellcome-funded organisation.

Visit our programme website: https://www.wellcomeconnectingscience.org/

Visit our learning and training website: https://coursesandconferences.wellcomeconnectingscience.org/

Other Information:

Please apply with your CV and a cover letter outlining how your skills and experience are relevant for this role.

Salary in the region of £31,000 to £37,000

Closing date: 14 September

Apply here

Working at Wellcome Genome Campus:

Our flexible-hybrid working environment is designed to support a healthy work-life balance. This means you can work flexibly with a combination of working from home, and working from our Campus to allow you to focus on being productive and part of the team while enjoying the benefits of working flexibly.

We aim to attract, recruit, retain and develop talent from the widest possible talent pool, thereby gaining insight and access to different markets to generate a greater impact on the world. We have a supportive culture with the following staff networks, LGBTQ+, Parents and Carers and Race Equity to bring people together to share experiences, offer specific support and development opportunities and raise awareness. The networks are also a place for allies to provide support to others.

We want our people to be whoever they want to be because we believe people who bring their best selves to work, do their best work. That’s why we’re committed to creating a truly inclusive culture at Sanger Institute. We will consider all individuals without discrimination and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees, where everyone can thrive.

Our Benefits:

We are proud to deliver an awarding campus-wide employee wellbeing strategy and programme. The importance of good health and adopting a healthier lifestyle and the commitment to reduce work-related stress is strongly acknowledged and recognised at Sanger Institute. Watch a video of the benefits offered on the application page.