Research Assistant (Research Experience Placement)

Salary range:

National Living Wage

Post No.


Contract length:

8 weeks



Opening date:

26 March 2020

Closing date:

24 May 2020

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You will need to download, save and complete a copy of the application form using Microsoft Word or prepare a copy of your CV that contains all the information requested in the application form.

One Research Assistant (Research Experience Placement) position is available at the Earlham Institute (EI) during the summer of 2020, supported by the BBSRC Norwich Research Park Doctoral Training Partnership.

The Earlham Institute (EI) is a research institute focused on exploring living systems by applying computational science and biotechnology to answer ambitious biological questions and generate enabling resources.


This exciting opportunity is designed to:

  • Give promising undergraduates a first-hand opportunity to gain greater experience of research in an academic setting
  • Raise the profile of research careers amongst undergraduate students
  • Interest students in postgraduate research aligned to the BBSRC strategic priorities

To be eligible to apply you will need to be registered at a UK University and be expected to obtain a first or upper second class honours degree in a basic science (including mathematics and engineering) or veterinary subject. These projects are designed for undergraduates in their penultimate year of first degree study to find out more about their suitability and aptitude for further research.

This placement is for eight weeks during the summer vacation of 2020. The placement will attract pay at the National Living Wage. The student and the awarding department are required to submit a brief report on the outcome of the placement to BBSRC on completion of the placement.

About the projects:

The successful applicant will be able to work on one of three projects. Please click on the following links to learn more about each project:

How to apply:
Applicants should provide an up-to-date CV with cover letter specifying which project(s) you are applying to and why, with an explanation of what you hope to gain from the placement.

Applications for projects in an area of science different from the applicant’s main subject area are encouraged.

Additional information:

Interviews are expected to take place via Skype in early June. We are continually reviewing government guidance with relation to COVID19. If placements are able to go ahead within a suitable timeframe allowed by academic requirements, then we will look to confirm these nearer to the preferred start date in July. We appreciate your patience and understanding at this time.

Please note this placement does not meet the requirements for Visa sponsorship and will exceed the permitted work for anyone already on a Tier 4 visa. As a Disability Confident employer, we guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for this vacancy.

The closing date for applications will be 24 May 2020.