Year in industry.

Earlham’s Year in Industry and Placement programme offers up to two placements per academic year, providing different routes for students based on their research interests, preferred skills development and academic requirements of the student’s university*.

Our students spend the first few weeks at EI working in parallel, getting to know everyone and everything from project design and scheduling, to generating libraries and loading sequencing platforms, plus have ample opportunities to discuss potential projects with members of our staff. This way, students are exposed to the organisational structure, how different groups interact and, most importantly, get to know everyone along to way to feel truly embedded within the institute.

Following completion of the initial weeks at the institute, the students then follow their chosen placement path either within one of EI's research faculty groups*.

Placements depend upon the selection of the projects available at placement commencement. However, projects may be lab-based and involve developing innovative methods to address a specific biological question, including experimental design, protocol optimisation, and data analysis. Other placements will likely predominantly focus on computational methods of data analysis, however, dependent upon the selection of projects available at placement commencement, there may be a laboratory-based component allowing the student to follow the project from sample receipt, through preparation, sequencing, analysis and interpretation.

Interested? Find out more first-hand from our previous Year in Industry students:

Our Year in Industry: setting the stage for a career in science

Women in Science: Elena Rodriguez - the mind of the gut microbiome

*It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the placement type applied for meets the academic requirements criteria as set out in their university’s handbook.

Applications close Thursday 31 October 2019.

For details on how to apply click here.

For more information contact

Emily Angiolini

Emily Angiolini
Scientific Training and Education Team Manager

Roanne Ephithite

Roanne Ephithite
Events Manager

Example Project.

Comparison of APOBEC-seq to the current gold standard WGBS-seq for plant DNA methylation research.

Anthony Hall Group

DNA methylation is a widely utilised epigenetic modification which allows organisms to control gene expression. It involves the conversion of a cytosine base to 5-methylcytosine. In plants, this is performed by a variety of methyltransferase enzymes that use S-adenosy L methionine to donate a methyl group. Cytosines can also be readily unmethylated. Methylation alters chromatin structure which is how it is able to affect gene expression. In plants, cytosine methylation is most commonly found at CpG motifs but is also found at CHG and CHH motifs (where H represents either an A, C or T base). Regulatory pathways within plants control the methylation state of the genome. DNA methylation controls a variety of processes such as responses to environmental stimuli, developmental processes and transposon silencing. It is therefore a very important feature to study to gain a wholesome understanding of the genome, above that of just the DNA sequence.

To determine whether APOBEC-seq is a sufficient method to use instead of WGBS-seq to study the methylome in plants.


Open to UK undergraduate students only. You must be enrolled in an integrated Masters with industrial placement, a degree with a year in industry degree programme, or a degree programme that offers an optional year out. Your placement should form the final year if following an integrated Masters, or fall either between second and third years of your undergraduate degree. This programme is not available to those currently studying in first year. We accept applications from students studying one of the following disciplines:

  • Biological sciences
  • Natural sciences
  • Biochemistry
  • Computer science
  • Mathematics
  • Physics

How it works.

  • Applications Open 1 October 2019 and close 31 October 2019
  • Interviews are to be held on Thursday, 5 December 2019, and positions offered shortly after
  • Contracts finalised in July
  • Placements commence mid-September with rotation
  • Students split into Research Faculty groups in mid-October
  • Presentation to EI staff at end of placement
  • Report on progress
  • 12 months post placement feedback
  • 5 years post placement feedback


To apply for a Year in Industry placement for the academic year 2020/21, please send the following to :

  • An up-to-date CV, including but not limited to: educational history and results, work experience and transferable skills, awards, contact details of at least 2 referees
  • A covering letter, detailing specifically why you want to undertake a placement at Earlham Institute and what you hope to gain from such a placement*

*It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the placement type applied for meets the academic requirements criteria as set out in their university’s handbook.

Year in industry - apply