Group Leader in Synthetic Biology

Ref: 6833

Earlham Institute

Norwich, UK

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For an initial conversation please contact:

Tadhg Waddington

Research Associate

t: +44 (0) 20 7340 7369


Primary Practice Group: Higher Education and Research

Salary & Benefits: Competitive

Closing Date: 13/11/2023

Based within the Norwich Research Park, the Earlham Institute (EI) was established as a national facility to promote the use of genomics to advance bioscience research and innovation in the UK, supporting academic and industrial investigators. EI is focused on understanding the natural world through the lens of genomics, bringing a strong focus on genomics, computational-, systems- and synthetic-biology. In a unique interdisciplinary environment, the Institute explores the scale and complexity of living systems to protect life on Earth. Through our research, collaborations, training, and scientific services, we are leading a revolution in data-intensive bioscience.

The Earlham Institute is seeking a high quality researcher to join the Research Faculty as a new Group Leader. We invite applications from those working in research focused on synthetic or systems biology to establish and lead an internationally recognised programme of innovative research. They will foster strong and mutually beneficial relationships and collaborations within the Earlham Institute, with other academic institutions and with industry, government and wider stakeholders.

The successful applicant will be able to demonstrate a record of success in securing competitive research funding in a relevant field, developing their own research programme and in publishing high quality research. They will share EI's commitment to fostering an inclusive and nurturing culture, promoting equality and diversity.

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Tadhg Waddington on or +44(0)20 7340 7369.

Deadline for submission of applications is Monday 13th November 2023 at 09:00 GMT.

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