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Earlham Institute

Norwich Research Park, Norwich, NR4 7UH

About us

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

Embracing the full breadth of life on Earth, our scientists specialise in developing and testing the latest tools and approaches needed to decode living systems and make predictions about biology.

The Earlham Institute is based within the Norwich Research Park and is one of eight institutes that receive strategic funding from UKRI Biotechnology and Biological Science Research Council (BBSRC), as well as support from other research funders.

From our Director

Everyone working for and with the Earlham Institute is helping us to create a world where you can understand - and even predict - the biology of any organism simply by reading its genome.

A genome is the complete set of genetic material found in any living thing, whether that’s a virus, oak tree, or an elephant. Sequencing the genome produces a vast dataset containing the specific order of every molecule of DNA, which is the instruction manual for building and maintaining that organism.

The first genomes took decades to sequence at an astronomical cost. Storing all of the genetic data relied on access to some of the most advanced computers of the day. But a series of technological advances have dramatically cut the cost and time it takes to sequence a genome.

Our ability to store, label, and share big data with researchers around the world improves every year. This has ushered in a new era of research where we can use this information to answer completely new research questions across the biological sciences.

The Earlham Institute 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. Through our research, collaborations, training, and scientific services, we are leading a revolution in data-intensive bioscience.

-Professor Neil Hall, Director

Our science faculty and research

We are proud to attract talented scientists from all over the world, who bring with them vast experience in genomics, bioinformatics and scientific computing. Led by expert group leaders, our ever-expanding research groups are at the forefront in modern life sciences.

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Services for science and industry

We combine cutting-edge technologies with world-class expertise to deliver the next frontier in scientific research. We host a UK National Capability in Genomics, strategically funded by BBSRC, to promote the application of genomics and bioinformatics to advance bioscience research and innovation. Partnering with industry, we look to share our knowledge, develop new intellectual property and create new technologies.

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Operational support

All our activities are supported by professionals with expertise in communications, knowledge exchange, administration, estates, HR and finance. We have teams dedicated to these areas which, along with our Platforms & Pipelines Group and Scientific Computing Group, make up our Operations Division

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Learning events and training

We are passionate about skills development across our sector and are proud to offer high-quality training in a variety of subjects for the life sciences, supported by expert trainers and our partners at the Norwich Research Park. Our Public Engagement & Society group look to engage with the general public across our research areas and our wider education programme focuses on learning exchanges around the world.

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We can’t do what we do without our people, so we like to make sure they are looked after. We’ll give you a competitive salary and generous pension, health benefits such as on-site sports facilities and cycle schemes, and all the latest technology you need to get your work done.

We also believe strongly in personal development, so we’ll make sure you get the training and development opportunities you need to advance your career with us.

It takes a team to make the next breakthrough, and we're looking for the best and brightest minds to join us in tackling some of the biggest challenges in life science.

Life at Earlham

Before considering joining us, you might want to take a look at our culture, our building and our people. Afterall, enjoying your job is what really makes it shine. We have all the technology, the resources and the hard problems that make working with us exciting - but it's our people that make it special. We work together as a team and everyone shares in the success together, whether a researcher, support specialist or student.

Living in Norfolk

Whether you are coming to join us through a new job, or are just visiting, Norfolk is a great place to be. Living here is even better.

Norwich is a city of culture, with its rich history of art and writing, as well as a city of science - hosting some of the leading centres for life science research in the world. You'll find an exciting blend of the old and the new, with plenty of things to do for all ages, all year round.


Taking on a studentship can be challenging, but also hugely rewarding. They are often your first step into a new career and can open up a world of opportunities for you to develop as a researcher - perhaps one day you'll be a leader in your field. Our job is to get you there.


Come and do your best work with us. Fellowships the environment and resources you need to build a team and deliver cutting-edge research.

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