Postdoctoral Fellow - SEED Fellowship

Updated: about 1 month ago
Location: Cambridge, ENGLAND
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 31 Jan 2021

Contract Length: 3 Years


A key goal of the Wellcome Sanger Institute Parasites and Microbes Programme is to chart the evolutionary trajectory of important pathogen and vector species by genomic analysis of longitudinally collected samples at multiple locations around the world, in collaboration with a large international network of researchers and disease control programmes. In parallel with our basic scientific research, we aim to develop new ways to translate genomic data into decision support tools that will enable national and international public health agencies to control and eventually eliminate major endemic diseases of the developing world.

The Parasites and Microbes Programme Associate Faculty are world-leaders in mathematical and computational approaches to infectious disease epidemiology and public health, who based at other institutions and are working alongside Sanger investigators to develop a comprehensive vision for the integration of modelling and genomics in the context of global infectious disease surveillance and control.

The Sanger Epidemiological and Evolutionary Dynamics (SEED) Postdoctoral Programme aims to bring state-of-the-art analytical methods together with large-scale genomic datasets to address fundamental problems concerning the evolution, transmission dynamics and control of major infectious diseases. Each project is co-supervised by an Associate Faculty member and a Sanger Group Leader, and where appropriate there can be more than two supervisors. By linking projects to both Associate and Core Faculty, we bring together a supervisory team comprising world leaders in genomics, infectious disease epidemiology and mathematical modelling.

This Postdoctoral Programme provides many opportunities for international collaboration and is based at the Wellcome Genome Campus, where our researchers have easy access to scientific expertise, well-equipped facilities and an active seminar programme.

SEED Postdoctoral Fellowships are based at the Wellcome Sanger Institute and include:

  • Salary currently £32,375 – £40,586
  • Research expenses, including generous consumables and travel costs for conferences and training courses
  • Access to training and support resources from across the organisation
  • Access to the University of Cambridge Careers Service
  • Generous and flexible benefits

Application Process

Fellowships will be awarded after a competitive selection process, with applicants applying to one of these broad projects . Applicants are encouraged to make contact with the named supervisors via Seed Fellowship .

Please provide: 

  • a covering letter
  • a current CV
  • the names of two referees
  • the project(s) you are applying for

Essential Skills

  • PhD in a relevant subject area 
  • Knowledge of a range of research techniques and methodologies in experimental/computational areas 
  • Research expertise in an area that will complement and enhance the Institute’s research strategy and goals 
  • Ability to develop research objectives, projects and proposals for own and joint research, with the assistance of a mentor if required 
  • Experience of carrying out both independent and collaborative research 
  • Ability to plan and prioritise own work in order to meet deadlines, including using initiative to plan research programmes 
  • Highly developed communication skills to engage effectively with a wide-ranging audience, both orally and in writing, using a range of media 
  • Interest in and enthusiasm for the subject matter of the project 
  • Commitment to personal development and updating of knowledge and skills 
  • Working collaboratively with others and building working relationships with stakeholders at all levels 
  • Demonstrates inclusivity and respect for all
  • Respects and Demonstrates our core competencies outlined in our Behavioural Competency Framework – (please see job description for further information).

Ideal Skills

  • Experience working with international collaborators
  • Experience of handling and analysing computationally intensive datasets

Other information

The deadline for preliminary applications is Sunday 31st January 2021.  Applicants will be shortlisted and successful candidates will be asked to work with the supervisory team to further develop the project proposal. This is an opportunity for the candidates to incorporate their own ideas and interests into the project plan. The shortlisted candidates will present these extended project outlines at interview in February 2021.

We are committed to creating an environment where everyone can fulfil their potential and thrive. We welcome and encourage applications from all parts of the community. If you require reasonable adjustments during the recruitment process, please contact the recruitment team .

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.

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