Research Assistant

Salary range: £33,050 - £40,750
Post no. 1004405
Contract length: 36 Months
Department: Macaulay Group
Opening date: 28 February 2023
Closing date: 27 March 2023

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Applications are invited for a Research Assistant to join the group of Dr Iain Macaulay at the Earlham Institute, based in Norwich, UK.


The Macaulay Group at Earlham focusses on method development and application for single-cell analysis in a wide range of biological systems. A major focus of the group is on the application of long-read sequencing to investigate alternative splicing and gene rearrangements in individual cells. The group has access to cutting-edge facilities for single-cell analysis supported by exceptional sequencing and computational capabilities.

The role:

This role involves the provision of support for projects using single-cell genomics at the Earlham Institute.

The successful applicant will work closely with single-cell group members and platform users to generate sequencing libraries from single-cells, using either 10X Genomics or plate based approaches (e.g. Smart-seq2, G&T-seq) for projects both within the institute but also with external collaborators. Working within our single-cell genomics group, the post holder will liaise with our Cellular Genomics platform manager and Genomics Pipelines teams to bring projects from cell isolation through to sequencing and analysis.

They will also be involved in the development and application of new technologies relating to single-cell genomics, including spatial transcriptomics and alternative high-throughput single-cell analyses. 

The ideal candidate:

The successful candidate will have a postgraduate degree or equivalent experience in genomics / single-cell genomics and a keen interest in applying new technologies in cellular genomics to resolve a wide array of biological questions.  Good communication and organisation skills with the ability to work independently are also required.

Additional information:

Salary on appointment will be within the range £33,050 to £40,750 per annum depending on qualifications and experience.  This is a full-time post for a contract of 36 months.

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 27 March 2023.