Group Leader
Post Details
Job Title
Group Leader
Post Number
1003834
Closing Date
31 Jan 2020
Grade
SC4
Starting Salary
Competitive salary
Hours per week
37
Project Title
Relevant to their group activity and in conjunction with Institute projects
Expected/Ideal Start Date
01 Jun 2020
Months Duration
60
Interview Date
02 Mar 2020

Job Description

Main Purpose of the Job

Lead an independent high-profile research group working in any area of the Earlham Institute (EI) research portfolio. The successful candidate will build, develop and lead their own independent internationally recognised research programme, publish significant research papers, attract substantial external funding, manage their own research team, and be responsible for financial control and delivery of their own research projects. All faculty also contribute to the EI national capabilities either through the development of tools and technology or delivery of advanced training.

Key Relationships

Group Leaders will interact with all levels of staff at EI, across the Norwich Research Park (NRP) and with external collaborators.

Main Activities & Responsibilities

Percentage
To lead and manage an internationally recognised programme of innovative research in data driven bioscience, genomics, computational biology or synthetic biology. Management of a research group could include postdoctoral scientists, support staff, visitors, and postgraduate students. As well as providing leadership and developing your team, a key part of your role will be to seek and obtain external financial support for your research programme while effectively managing the research group’s budgets and funding. As a Group Leader, you will be a key member of the Institute working with a wide range of staff and collaborators. You will work flexibly in a cross-functional and cross-disciplinary way, fully aware of and committed to the benefits of working together collaboratively to exploit opportunities and synergies both within the Institute, across NRP, nationally and internationally. You will contribute to the operation of the Institute by working with a wide range of colleagues and collaborators to ensure we build an innovative and supportive culture reflecting our values of excellence, innovation, collaboration and integrity. Your group should also help to support EI’s national capabilities through the development of technologies and tools or through the delivery of advanced training.
100
Any other duties that may be required which are commensurate with the role of Group Leader

Person Profile

Education & Qualifications

Requirement
Importance
PhD and postdoctoral experience gained within a relevant area of science
Essential

Specialist Knowledge & Skills

Requirement
Importance
Management and leadership skills and experience
Essential
Significant track record of research achievement supported by high quality publications
Essential
Measures of esteem such as international invited plenaries, editorial activity, professional society activity etc.
Essential
Commitment to employing best practice in your science, management and operations, pursuing excellence at all times
Essential
Ability to develop own research programme
Essential
Ability to identify new opportunities for collaborations
Essential
Project management skills
Essential
Time management skills
Essential
Collaboration with industry
Essential
Ability to lead and participate in interdisciplinary research
Essential
Success in leading research and initiating interdisciplinary collaborations
Desirable
Success in obtaining research funding
Desirable

Relevant Experience

Requirement
Importance
Ability to act as a Group Leader, to direct an internationally high-profile research programme, to provide leadership, to develop, mentor and inspire postgraduate students and junior researchers and to play a key role in the development of EI science
Essential
Research project management experience and evidence of winning external support for the maintenance of a successful research team
Essential
A record of leadership and collaboration on research projects
Essential
Experience of leading, managing and mentoring members of the team, including objective setting, conducting annual performance reviews and holding regular one to one progress meetings with staff
Essential
Experience as a senior manager
Desirable
Attracted external funding from various sources
Desirable
Experience in Molecular Microbiology
Desirable
Scientific knowledge in Food Microbiology
Desirable
Scientific knowledge in Computational Microbiology
Desirable
Multidisciplinary science background
Desirable
Previous experience of establishing a research team
Desirable
Experience of supervising PhD students
Desirable

Interpersonal & Communication Skills

Requirement
Importance
Committed to the principles of open science data sharing
Essential
Ability to collaborate across disciplines
Essential
Ability to collaborate with other Microbiologists
Essential
Have strong international academic and/or industrial networks
Essential
Ability to create, build, strengthen and sustain collaborative research networks
Essential
Open-minded, determined and resilient
Essential
Ability to communicate effectively and appropriately with anyone, those at all levels of expertise both inside and outside of EI
Essential
Strong team player; working together to reach a common goal; sharing information, supporting colleagues
Essential
Good interpersonal and motivational skills
Essential
Ability to work in a team as well as independently
Essential
Evidence of ability to work in multidisciplinary teams
Desirable

Additional Requirements

Requirement
Importance
Attention to detail
Essential
Publication of research in international refereed journals
Essential
Responsible for health and safety, in line with the Health and Safety Policy and associated guidance documents
Essential
Ability to travel
Essential
Promotes equality and values diversity
Essential
Promote equality and diversity and value the skills and competence of our staff and respect them as individuals and expect respect to be shown to each other, our collaborators and those we come into contact with
Essential
Motivated individual, highly flexible approach
Essential
Serve on internal and external committees as required / invited
Essential
Commitment to Public Engagement / Science Communication activities that raise the Institute’s profile and attract good publicity
Essential
Make a positive contribution to life at the Institute by striving for excellence, thriving on challenges, providing evidence of helping others
Essential
Being a good role model and ambassador
Essential

Who We Are

Earlham Institute

Earlham Institute is a vibrant, contemporary research institute and registered charity, working in an area of rapid technological development and innovation.

Earlham Institute is strategically funded by the BBSRC to lead the development of a skill base in bioinformatics and a genomics technology platform for UK bioscience. The Institute is located on the Norwich Research Park, together with its partners: the John Innes Centre, the Institute of Food Research, The Sainsbury Laboratory, the University of East Anglia and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. The research park has an excellent reputation for research in plant and microbial sciences, interdisciplinary environmental science and food, diet and health, to which Earlham Institute contributes strengths in genomics and bioinformatics. Close links exist between the NRP partners and new opportunities for collaboration in exciting new initiatives are under development. The NRP recently received £26M of government investment to facilitate innovation and further develop infrastructure to attract science and technology companies to the Park to enhance the vibrant environment and realise economic impact from research investment.

Earlham Institute is a UK hub for innovative Bioinformatics through research, analysis and interpretation of multiple, complex data sets. It hosts one of the largest computing hardware facilities dedicated to life science research in Europe. This has been boosted recently by an e-Infrastructure grant to expand the data storage capacity to a multi-petabyte unit, deploying a high performance cluster and large-memory server enabling the allocation of processes requiring several terabytes of computing memory.

Earlham Institute’s state of the art DNA sequencing facility operates multiple complementary technologies for data generation that provide the foundation for analyses furthering our fundamental understanding of genomes and how they function. We aim to be at the forefront of technological advances and are developing and implementing technologies to generate and analyse new types of data. We also develop novel platforms to provide access to computational tools and processing capacity for multiple academic and industrial users and promoting applications of computational bioscience. Earlham Institute has one fully owned subsidiary, Genome Enterprise Ltd (GEL) via which it offers genomic and bioinformatics services on a trading basis and works with commercial providers on a partnership basis. Earlham Institute also receives specific funding to enable knowledge exchange programmes which are supported across the institute teams.

Department

Directorate Office

Group Details

A member of the Research Faculty in one of the following groups (relevant to their groups activity) - Cell and Developmental Biology, Digital Biology, Engineering Biology or Organisms and Ecosystems

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To expand our research portfolio, the Earlham Institute is looking for new Group Leaders. As an international centre of excellence in data-driven bioscience and innovative technologies, we invite applications from early-career or established researchers using bioinformatics, modelling, computational biology or engineering (synthetic biology) 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
• A working culture centred on openness, innovation and excellence. See: https://www.earlham.ac.uk/life-earlham   
• Significant support including professional development, research and administrative assistance
• State-of-the-art laboratory space including access to platform sequencing facilities (including single-cell), the Bio Foundry and numerous automated platforms http://www.earlham.ac.uk/national-capabilities 
• Access to high-performance computing
• Access to excellent graduate students through the highly competitive Norwich Research Park Doctoral Training Programmes
• A competitive salary and generous pension, on-site sports facilities and cycle schemes
• The Norwich Research Park has a brand-new on site nursery which is open to all staff and their children https://www.norwichresearchpark.com/chestnut-nursery-school 
• Research excellence in a beautiful region of the UK http://www.earlham.ac.uk/living-norfolk 

About the role:

• Establish and lead an internationally recognised programme of innovative research in data driven bioscience, genomics, computational biology or synthetic biology. Our current research portfolio can be viewed at: https://www.earlham.ac.uk/science-division  
• Build and manage a research group including the training of postgraduate students
• 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 
• Obtain external financial support for your research programme and effectively manage your research budgets and funding 

Additional information:

Interested applicants are invited to submit a single document comprising (i) A cover letter (1 page) (ii) Full CV and publication list (iii) Description of current research activities (2 pages) (iii) 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.

Appointments can be made at any level (Tenure Track or Tenure) depending on experience. For further information and details of how to apply, please visit our web site http://jobs.earlham.ac.uk/ or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450462 or nbi.recruitment@nbi.ac.uk quoting reference 1003834. It is proposed that initial interviews will take place at the end of February/early March 2020.

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.

The closing date for applications will be Friday 31 January 2020.