Wellcome Sanger Institute
The Wellcome Sanger Institute is a world-leading genomics research centre, based on the Wellcome Genome Campus, arguably the largest single-site community of expertise in Genomes and BioData in the world. We undertake large-scale research that forms the foundations of knowledge in biology and medicine. We are open and collaborative; our data, results, tools and technologies are shared across the globe to advance science.
We know the success of our Institute depends on our people – we celebrate and value our staff for their differences in background, experience and perspectives.
Our ambition is vast – we take on projects that are not possible anywhere else.
The mission of the Institute is to use information from genome sequences to advance understanding of biology and improve health. We achieve this through large-scale science that cannot feasibly be conducted elsewhere.
Funded by Wellcome, we have the freedom and support to push the boundaries of genomics. Our findings are used to improve health and to understand life on Earth.
The Institute’s science is embodied as five Programmes encompassing areas of biology and disease in which genome sequences will be transformative: Cancer, Ageing and Somatic Mutation, Cellular Genetics, Human genetics, Parasites and Microbes and Tree of Life. Our Programmes are led by our Faculty who conceive and deliver our science and are supported by our Scientific Operations teams responsible for all data production pipelines at the Institute. Our organsisation is designed in this fashion to maximise the breadth of scientific impact and achieve science at scale.
Cancer, Ageing and Somatic Mutation
The Cancer, Ageing and Somatic Mutation Programme uses genome sequencing and experimental models to study the causes and consequences of somatic mutations through youth and old age, in steady-state and after perturbation, across organ systems, and in health and disease.
For more information, please visit https://www.sanger.ac.uk/programme/cancer-ageing-and-somatic-mutation/.
The Cellular Genetics Programme is focused on cell-atlasing and cellular genetics. The Programme uses these approaches to map cells in the human body combining cutting-edge methodologies and computational approaches. This enables us to understand what the identities of cells are, how they are regulated, relationships between them and, importantly, how this can change during development, health, disease and ageing.
For more information, please visit www.sanger.ac.uk/programme/cellular-genetics/.
The Human Genetics Programme will achieve a step-change in our understanding of genetic causes and biological mechanisms of disease susceptibility and progression, focusing on developmental disorders and diseases of the blood and immune system, and in so doing transform the clinical utility of human genetic variation.
For more information, please visit www.sanger.ac.uk/programme/human-genetics/.
Parasites and Microbes
The Parasites and Microbes Programme is using genomics to get at important problems in infectious disease, with a strong desire to translate this into tools for disease control and elimination, whilst also being at the forefront of basic research into microbial ecology, evolutionary genetics and the biology of parasitism.
For more information, please visit www.sanger.ac.uk/programme/parasites-and-microbes/
Tree of Life
The Tree of Life Programme investigates the diversity of complex organisms (eukaryotes – organisms that have a nucleus) through sequencing and cellular technologies. They generate and use high-quality genome sequences to explore the evolution of life, provide the raw materials for new biotechnology and deliver tools and understanding for biodiversity conservation.
For more information, please visit www.sanger.ac.uk/programme/tree-of-life/
Life at Sanger Institute is unique. Set across 130 acres, just outside of Cambridge, our people are shaping the future by delivering life-changing science with the reach, scale, and creativity to solve some of humanity’s greatest challenges. We have over 1,100 staff members and 500 visiting workers from 70+ nationalities.
Our global reputation for excellence is strengthened by our commitment to developing and maintaining a positive, fair and healthy working environment – our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Programme is about valuing our people and supporting them to be their best. Our leaders play a key role in nurturing a positive and inclusive culture where everyone can thrive and diversity is celebrated.
We have developed an ambitious programme of activity that drives organisational culture change, empowers our leadership and ensures that equity and inclusion principles are embedded across all of our processes – from recruitment, promotion, reward, to accessing career development opportunities.
We know that the success of our institute depends on our people.
Visit www.sanger.ac.uk/about/careers for further information.
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