Career Development Fellow
Post Details
Job Title
Career Development Fellow
Post Number
Closing Date
12 Dec 2022
Starting Salary
£42,050 - £51,950
Hours per week
Project Title
Relevant to their group activity and in conjunction with Institute projects
Expected/Ideal Start Date
03 Apr 2023
Months Duration
Flexible Options
Although full-time hours are available, applications from those interested in working part-time hours are also welcomed.

Job Description

Main Purpose of the Job

To be supported at the Earlham Institute (EI), in applying for competitive funding to launch an independent research leadership career, while continuing to develop your underpinning research. 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, manage their own research team, and be responsible for financial control and delivery of their own research projects.

Key Relationships

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

Main Activities & Responsibilities

Develop an internationally recognised programme of innovative research in systems biology, synthetic biology, computational biology, ML/AI, or molecular biology technology development.

Applying for competitive funding to launch an independent research leadership career.

As a Career Development Fellow, you will be a key member of the Institute. You will be expected to 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 ensuring we build an innovative and supportive culture reflecting our values of excellence, innovation, collaboration and integrity.
Any other duties that may be required which are commensurate with the role of Career Development Fellows

Person Profile

Education & Qualifications

PhD and postdoctoral experience gained within a relevant area of science

Specialist Knowledge & Skills

Track record of research achievement supported by high quality publications
A clear future research vision
Commitment to employing best practice in your research
Ability to develop own research programme
Ability to identify and initiate new collaborations
Ability to participate in interdisciplinary research
Management and leadership skills, able to inspire others
Project management skills
Time management skills
Ability to collaborate with industry

Relevant Experience

Research experience that matches the Institute research strategy
Experience of managing and/or mentoring
Successful in obtaining research funding
Experience of supervising PhD students

Interpersonal & Communication Skills

Committed to the principles of open science data sharing
Ability to collaborate and across disciplines
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

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
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
Willingness to embrace the expected values and behaviours of all staff at the Institute, ensuring it is a great place to work
Able to present a positive image of self and the Institute, promoting both the international reputation and public engagement aims of the Institute
Willingness to work outside standard working hours when required
Ability to travel

Who We Are

Earlham Institute

About the Earlham Institute
The Earlham Institute is a hub of life science research, training, and innovation focused on understanding the natural world through the lens of genomics.

We are building a future where the biology of any organism can be understood by analysing its genome. Our mission is to decode the scale and complexity of living systems so we can understand, benefit from, and protect life on Earth.

The Earlham Institute is based on the Norwich Research Park and is one of eight institutes that receive strategic funding from the UKRI Biotechnology and Biological Science Research Council (BBSRC).

Our Science
Earlham Institute scientists specialise in developing and testing the latest tools and approaches needed to decode living systems and make predictions about biology.

We are home to state-of-the-art facilities and technology, creating a unique combination of expertise and infrastructure. We have dedicated laboratories for genome sequencing, single-cell analysis, engineering biology, and large-scale automation; as well as one of the largest supercomputing facilities for life science research in Europe. Our Advanced Training team also provides access to specialised scientific training to upskill the next generation of research and technical staff.

Our Culture
The Earlham Institute champions 'team science'. Our collegiate and innovative research environment comes with significant support, including a commitment to your professional development, research and administrative assistance, and opportunities to build collaborations with scientists and industry on the Norwich Research Park, across the UK, and internationally.

The Institute is also home to talented technical and operational staff, whose invaluable contributions enable our science to have the maximum impact. We aim to recognise, reward, and develop all staff and students so that every individual feels able to achieve their best with us.

We work hard to nurture an engaged and positive workplace, centred on core values that include openness, technical excellence, and collaboration. We attract staff from around the world who contribute to - and benefit from - an environment that enables them to deliver world-class science alongside a supportive and social community.

Further Information:

  • Our Vision and Mission
  • Our Strategy
  • Our Culture
  • Life at Earlham Institute
  • Department

    Engineering Biology

    Group Details

    A member of the Research Faculty division

    Living in Norfolk


    Career Development Fellowship
    To expand our research leadership, the Earlham Institute is looking for new Career Development Fellows. As an international centre of excellence in data-driven bioscience and innovative technologies, we invite applications from Early Career Researchers wishing to transition to an independent research leadership post, pursuing bioinformatics, modelling, computational biology or engineering (synthetic biology) routes 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
    • Significant support and mentorship in applying for funding to establish your independent research career.
    • Part time or flexible working for all research leadership roles
    • Professional development, research and administrative assistance
    • A working culture centred on openness, innovation and excellence  
    • State-of-the-art laboratory space including access to platform sequencing facilities (including single-cell), the Biofoundry and numerous automated platforms 
    • Access to high-performance computing
    • A competitive salary and 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:

    • Develop 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:  
    • Applying for competitive funding to launch an independent research leadership career
    • 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 

    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.

    Salary on appointment will be within the range £42,050 to £51,950 per annum depending on qualifications and experience.  This is a full-time post for a contract of 2 years.

    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.

     It is proposed that initial interviews will take place in Early January 2023.

    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 Monday 12 December 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.