Research Assistant (Research Experience Placement)
Post Details
Job Title
Research Assistant (Research Experience Placement)
Post Number
Closing Date
9 May 2021
Starting Salary
Competitive salary
Hours per week
Project Title
• Microexons splicing regulation in differentiating cells and across tissues in human and mouse, or
• Antibiotic resistance and gastroenteritis: Determining host-plasmid associations in the human gut 
Expected/Ideal Start Date
05 Jul 2021

Job Description

Main Purpose of the Job

An opportunity for a promising undergraduate to gain first-hand experience of research in an academic setting.

Main Activities & Responsibilities

Carry out computational research under the supervision of a project leader
Write a brief report about your experiences at the end of the placement
As agreed with the line manager, any other duties commensurate with the nature of the role

Person Profile

Education & Qualifications

Expected to obtain a first or upper second class UK honours degree
In the penultimate year of your first degree studies
Registered for a basic science (including mathematics and engineering) or veterinary degree at a UK university

Specialist Knowledge & Skills

The enthusiasm to carry out scientific research in an academic setting

Relevant Experience

Some experience of laboratory or computational work

Interpersonal & Communication Skills

Good communication skills, both written and verbal
Good interpersonal skills, with the ability to work well as part of a team
Ability to be proactive and take the initiative
Ability to learn new skills quickly

Additional Requirements

Attention to detail
Promotes equality and values diversity
Able to present a positive image of self and to represent the institute in a professional manner, promoting the institute reputation as a place of excellent research and scientific training
A strong desire to use the placement as a means to explore suitability and aptitude for further research

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.


Scientific Training, Education and Learning

Living in Norfolk


Advert Text

A Research Assistant (Research Experience Placement) position is available at the Earlham Institute (EI) during the summer of 2021, supported by the BBSRC Norwich Research Park Doctoral Training Partnership.

The Earlham Institute (EI) is a research institute focused on exploring living systems by applying computational science and biotechnology to answer ambitious biological questions and generate enabling resources.

About the placement 

This exciting placement is designed to:
• Give promising undergraduates a first-hand opportunity to gain greater experience of research in an academic setting
• Raise the profile of research careers amongst undergraduate students
• Interest students in postgraduate research of aligned to the BBSRC strategic priorities

To be eligible to apply you will need to be registered at a UK University and be expected to obtain a first or upper second class honours degree in a basic science (including mathematics and engineering) or veterinary subject.

These projects are designed for undergraduates in their penultimate year of first degree study to find out more about their suitability and aptitude for further research.

This placement is for eight weeks during the summer vacation of 2021. The placement-holder will be paid the Real Living Wage (£9.50 per hour).

The student and the awarding department are required to submit a brief report on the outcome of the placement to BBSRC on completion of the placement.

About the project

The successful applicant will be able to work on one of two projects. Please click on the following links to learn more about each project:
Microexons splicing regulation in differentiating cells and across tissues in human and mouse.
Antibiotic resistance and gastroenteritis: Determining host-plasmid associations in the human gut 
How to apply

Applicants should provide an up-to-date CV with cover letter specifying which project(s) you are applying to and why, with an explanation of what you hope to gain from the placement. Applications for projects in an area of science different from the applicant’s main subject area are encouraged.

Additional information

Please note this placement does not meet the requirements for Visa sponsorship and will exceed the permitted work for anyone already on a Tier 4 visa.

As a Disability Confident employer, we guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for this vacancy.