Scientific Trustee Director with HPC Experience

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Opening date:

13 December 2021

Closing date:

14 February 2022

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Earlham Institute (EI) is a vibrant research institute focused on developing, understanding and using state-of-the-art genomics and bioinformatics to advance and enable bioscience by applying computational and data driven approaches.

EI is located with five other partners on the Norwich Research Park, a bioscience cluster with an outstanding reputation in plant and microbial sciences, interdisciplinary environmental sciences, and food, diet and health.

The Board of Trustee Directors is looking to appoint a new trustee who has experience in advanced computer science or information technology. As a non-executive director and trustee of the charity, you will use strategic leadership skills to nurture, advise and lead EI as it grows and evolves. The Board meets in person 4 times/year in Norwich, with interspersed telephone conferences between meetings.

As a non-executive trustee, you will provide guidance and input for the development of the scientific programme. If you believe that you can make a significant contribution to the governance and development of this young research institute, and you can give the necessary commitment, please click here to view the candidate brief.

The Scientific Trustee will:

1. Deploy their scientific knowledge and experience to further the organisation’s interests which will include:

- Representing EI in the scientific arena especially with key stakeholders and partners.

- Assist with the scientific direction and policies of the organisation.

- Provide advice on the reporting of the scientific programme.

2. Perform relevant duties in the best interests of the charitable purposes of EI.

The successful applicant will be:

  • A highly regarded and successful scientist with interest in a scientific field that is relevant to EI’s vision, mission and strategy.
  • Recognised in the UK and internationally as a leader in their field.
  • Able to advise on best practice and scientific policies relevant to EI.
  • Have experience as a member of executive or non-executive relevant boards or committees.

How to apply:

You should make your application by forwarding your CV and a covering letter saying why you should be appointed to this post together with a personal statement addressing the candidate specification to support your application. We suggest this is no more than two sides of A4 as a Word document. These should be sent to

You will find it useful to have a look at our website before applying. The Charity Commission website will also be useful.

The full field of candidates will be shortlisted for interview by members of the Board.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for a tour of the Institute (if possible during the recruitment timescale and allowable by Covid regulations) and a panel interview with the Chair of the Board, at least two other Trustee Directors and the Institute Director.

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 14 February 2022.