Career Development Fellow

Salary range: £42,050 - £51,950
Post no. 1004357
Contract length: 24 months
Department: Research Faculty
Opening date: 15 November 2022
Closing date: 12 December 2022

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To expand our research leadership, the Earlham Institute is looking for new Career Development Fellows.

As an international centre of excellence in data-driven bioscience and innovative technologies, we invite applications from Early Career Researchers wishing to transition to an independent research leadership post, pursuing bioinformatics, modelling, computational biology or engineering (synthetic biology) routes to investigate biodiversity and biological systems.

We offer:

  • A collegiate and innovative research environment with a strong focus on genomics, computational-, systems- and synthetic-biology
  • Significant support and mentorship in applying for funding to establish your independent research career.
  • Part-time or flexible working for all research leadership roles
  • Professional development, research and administrative assistance
  • A working culture centred on openness, innovation and excellence  
  • State-of-the-art laboratory space including access to platform sequencing facilities (including single-cell), the Biofoundry and numerous automated platforms.
  • Access to high-performance computing
  • A competitive salary and pension, on-site sports facilities and cycle schemes
  • The Norwich Research Park has an onsite nursery which is open to all staff and their children 
  • Research excellence in a beautiful region of the UK 
  • Visit our Life at Earlham Institute page to find out more.

About the role:

  • Develop an internationally recognised programme of innovative research in systems biology, synthetic biology, computational biology, ML/AI, or molecular biology technology development. Our current research portfolio can be viewed here.
  • Applying for competitive funding to launch an independent research leadership career
  • Contribute to an inclusive and collegiate culture at the Earlham Institute, based on research excellence, integrity and respect 
  • Foster strong and mutually beneficial relationships and collaborations within the Earlham Institute, with other academic institutions and with industry, government and the wider stakeholders 
  • Supporting translation of research into applications that can deliver solutions to industrial challenges, and deliver impact 

Additional information:

  • Interested applicants are invited to submit a single document comprising:
    1. A cover letter (1 page)
    2. Full CV and publication list
    3. Description of current research activities (2 pages)
    4. A short and longer-term vision of your research and strategic goals (2 pages), including how your research will contribute to, and benefit from, the Earlham Institute.
  • The Earlham Institute is committed to equality of opportunity for all employees, the main selection criteria are scientific excellence and the potential of your proposed research programme, regardless of gender, ethnicity or other personal characteristics, beliefs and backgrounds.
  • Salary on appointment will be within the range £42,050 to £51,950 per annum depending on qualifications and experience. This is a full-time post for a contract of 2 years.
  • We strongly encourage applications from women and ethnic minorities, and we welcome applications from candidates seeking full-time, part-time or other flexible working arrangements.
  • It is proposed that initial interviews will take place in Early January 2023.
  • 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 Monday 12 December 2022.

The Earlham Institute is a registered charity (No.1136213), strategically funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and is an Equal Opportunities Employer.