Group Leader
Post Details
Job Title
Group Leader
Post Number
Closing Date
24 Jan 2022
Starting Salary
Competitive salary
Hours per week
Project Title
Relevant to their group activity and in conjunction with Institute projects
Expected/Ideal Start Date
04 Apr 2022
Months Duration
Interview Date
21 Feb 2022

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, contribute to the Institute Strategic Programmes, 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

Lead and manage an internationally recognised programme of innovative research in systems biology, synthetic biology, computational biology, ML/AI, or molecular biology technology development. 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 the research park, 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 contribute to the Institute Strategic Programmes and also help to support EI’s national capabilities through the development of technologies and tools or through the delivery of advanced training.
Any other duties that may be required which are commensurate with the role of Group Leader

Person Profile

Education & Qualifications

PhD and postdoctoral experience gained within a relevant area of science

Specialist Knowledge & Skills

Management and leadership skills and experience, able to inspire others
Significant track record of research achievement supported by high quality publications
Commitment to employing best practice in your research
Ability to develop own research programme
Ability to identify and inititate new collaborations
Ability to lead and participate in interdisciplinary research
Successful in obtaining research funding from diverse sources
Project management skills
Time management skills
Ability to collaborate with industry

Relevant Experience

Research experience matches the Institute research strategy
Experience of supervising PhD students
Research management experience and evidence of winning external support for the maintenance of a successful research team
A record of leadership and collaboration on research projects, ideally contributing to your institutions research strategy
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
Experience as a senior manager

Interpersonal & Communication Skills

Ability to collaborate and across disciplines
Ability to create, build, strengthen and sustain collaborative research networks
Open-minded, determined and resilient
Ability to communicate effectively and appropriately with anyone
Strong team player; working together to reach a common goal; sharing information, supporting colleagues
Good interpersonal and motivational skills with a flexible approach
Committed to the principles of open science data sharing

Additional Requirements

Attention to detail
Promotes equality and values diversity
Responsible for health and safety, in line with the Health and Safety Policy and associated guidance documents
Ability to travel
Serve on internal and external committees as required / invited
Commitment to Public Engagement / Science Communication activities that raise the Institute’s profile and attract good publicity
Being a good role model and ambassador contributing to life at the Institute by striving for excellence, thriving on challenges, providing evidence of helping others

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.


Directorate Office

Group Details

A member of the Research Faculty division

Living in Norfolk


Tenured Group Leader Positions

To expand our research portfolio, the Earlham Institute is looking for new Tenured Group Leaders. As an international centre of excellence in data-driven bioscience and innovative technologies, we invite applications from established researchers using bioinformatics, modelling, computational biology or engineering (synthetic biology) to investigate 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:  
• Part time or flexible working for all research leadership roles
• 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 
• Access to high-performance computing
• Access to excellent graduate students through our partnership in 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 an onsite nursery which is open to all staff and their children 
• Research excellence in a beautiful region of the UK 

About the role:

• Establish and lead 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 at:  
• 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) (iv) 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.

It is proposed that initial interviews will take place in February/early March 2022.

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 Monday 24 January 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.