Senior Staff Scientist in Vento-Tormo Group

Updated: about 15 hours ago
Location: Cambridge, ENGLAND

The Opportunity: 

We are looking to appoint a highly motivated senior staff scientist to join Roser Vento-Tormo’s group at the Wellcome Sanger Institute.

About Us:

 The mission of the Vento-Tormo lab is to implement state-of-the-art genomics & spatial methods to study the composition and dynamics of cellular microenvironments, as well as to develop new computational tools to facilitate interpretation, data analysis and integration of single-cell datasets (www.VenToLab.org ). The lab is based at the Sanger Wellcome Institute (WSI) a dynamic, multi-disciplinary, innovative institute in Cambridge (UK) and works closely with other teams single-data within the cellular genetics program and the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) to advance in the genomics field.

About the Role:

You will be responsible for optimising and innovating organoid derivation and analysis methods including:

- Changes in the laboratory to increase efficiency in delivering project outcomes

-Driving operational changes in the organoid derivation and analysis pipeline

- Assess changes and advances in knowledge and technology to benefit field of research

There will be an element of flexible working required for this role due to the nature of working with organoids.

For full role details, please download the job description.

About You:

You will be integrated in the Vento-Tormo lab, a highly collaborative, supportive international work environment with well-experienced colleagues in single-cell and spatial data production, analysis and methods development (www.VenToLab.org ). You will be responsible for leading and coordinating the establishment of in vitro models (organoids, iPS-derived hematopoietic cells etc.). You must have thorough understanding of stem cell biology, 3D-in vitro systems, and you will play a vital role in managing the lab. You will have the opportunity to be embedded in a large community of experimental and computational scientists.

Relevant publications of the team:

-  Mapping the temporal and spatial dynamics of the human endometrium in vivo and in vitro. Garcia-Alonso L, Handfield L-F, Roberts K, Nikolakopoulou K,…, Bayraktar OA, Teichmann SA, Turco MY, Vento-Tormo R. BioRxiv (2021/425073)

-   Innate Immune Mechanisms to Protect Against Infection at the Human Decidual-Placental Interface. Hoo R,  Nakimuli A, Vento-Tormo R. Frontiers in Immunology 11, 2070

-  CellPhoneDB: Inferring cell-cell communication from combined expression of multi-subunit receptor-ligand complexes. Efremova M, Vento-Tormo M, Teichmann SA, Vento-Tormo R. Nat Protoc. 2020 Apr;15(4):1484-1506.

-  Single-cell reconstruction of the early maternal-fetal interface in humans. Vento-Tormo R et al., Nature. 2018 Nov;563(7731):347-353.


Due to Covid 19, the Wellcome Genome Campus closed for all but essential functions and facilities. As we begin restarting our science, we have implemented measures to support our staff on site including one way systems, enhanced cleaning and increased facilities for handwashing. You can learn more about our campus and our return to research here . This role will require working on site in the lab predominately. Full details of working on site can be discussed during the interview stage.

Please apply with your CV and Cover Letter outlining your suitability for the role addressing the criteria set out above and in the job description.


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