The Quadram Institute is a new interdisciplinary research institute at the forefront of a new era in food and health research.  It brings together clinical and non-clinical scientists in a new state-of-the-art building due for completion in early 2018. Based on the Norwich Research Park home, of the John Innes Centre, The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, The Earlham Institute and the University of East Anglia, it is one of the largest centres of life sciences in Europe.

Trustee Directors

Soon to be at the heart of a unique plant-food-health science cluster in Norwich, UK, the Quadram Institute (QI) will be an international hub to provide a step-change in interdisciplinary food and health research and will be housed in a new state-of-the-art building at the Norwich Research Park, due for completion in 2018.  It will be home to one of Europe’s largest endoscopy facilities enabling clinicians to work directly with scientists from fundamental research to translational outcomes.

The QI will host research groups working across four research themes: gut microbes and health; food innovation and health; microbes in the food chain and population health. 

This is an exciting time to be at the forefront of a new era of food and health research and contribute to the development of a new cutting-edge interdisciplinary research organisation.  Recent understanding of how food and our gut microbiome interact is creating a fundamental shift in the way we will understand and address the impact of food on health.

Recognising the strategic opportunities and challenges the Board is seeking to appoint three outstanding Trustee Directors, who ideally will bring experience and expertise as identified below.

The first, with substantial experience in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industries. Expertise in strategic imperatives and trends, commercial research and product development related to the Quadram Institute’s key research themes will be of significant value.

The second position requires senior experience in a role with major medical and clinical responsibilities, including the related infrastructure and delivery networks. This could include the NHS or associated agencies such as The National Institute for Health Research or other relevant clinical or academic research networks and centres.

The third Trustee Director will have led research in some of the areas relevant to QI, such as microbiology, microbiome, nutrigenomics, bioactives or food science.  Detailed knowledge and experience of the UK Research Excellence Framework and granting bodies including the EU and their policies and direction will be highly desirable.

Prior experience as a Trustee Director or Non executive would be advantageous but not essential.  Trustees will be expected to contribute to the leadership of the Board above and beyond their core areas of expertise and have a passion for QI’s mission. Successful candidates must be able to make a commitment of approximately ten days per annum to attend meetings in Norwich.  The positions, which are voluntary, are normally for a period of three years, with a possibility of renewal.  Expenses will be reimbursed.

The closing date for applications is Sunday 26th March.  To express an interest or for more information please email

Equality and diversity are core to the development of The Quadram Institute.

Research Scientists

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We are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sections of society.  The Institute supports equality of opportunity within the workplace and expects all employees to share and display these values.  To support our commitment, we have a range of family, faith and diversity friendly working arrangements to help all staff achieve excellence in their area of work.


Working and Living in Norwich

The Quadram Institute will be located on the Norwich Research Park, a thriving community of over 3,000 scientists.

Partners on the Norwich Research Park include the University of East Anglia, the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, The Earlham Institute, The John Innes Centre and The Sainsbury Laboratory, making Norwich one of the premier locations for food, health and environmental research.

Working and Living in Norwich

Close collaborative working between the partners allows for an interdisciplinary approach to solving major challenges facing global society. All of this is set in in 230 hectares of parkland on the outskirts of Norwich.

New cycleways connect the Norwich Research Park with the city, as well as regular bus routes. As a regional capital city Norwich is well linked to London and Cambridge by road and rail, and internationally via Norwich International Airport.

Working and Living in Norwich

Norwich itself is a vibrant, safe, modern city with strong historical roots, providing a high quality of life – it was recently voted the happiest city to work in the UK. With a low crime rate, bustling café culture, restaurants and nightlife, Norwich combines the benefits of city life without being too large.

House prices in Norwich are below average compared with the rest of England, offering a range of affordable options from newly developed apartment complexes to family homes, as well as period housing throughout the city. See this Living in Norwich guide for more information.

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Working and Living in Norwich

Norwich lies on the outskirts of the Broads National Park, linking the city to unspoilt countryside. 30 minutes away is the stunning Norfolk coastline, almost 100 miles of some of the best, cleanest beaches in the UK, perfect to exploit the fact that the region is the driest and warmest in the UK.

Working and Living in Norwich

Norwich is known as the most complete medieval city in the UK, but also ranks in the Top 10 shopping destinations, and won Great British High Street of the Year in 2014 – showcasing Norwich’s ability to mix history and tradition with modern living.

Norwich is a significant centre for culture, hosting one of the oldest surviving arts festivals in the UK and was named England’s first UNESCO City of Literature.

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