The Quadram Institute is a new interdisciplinary research institute at the forefront of a new era in food and health research and will provide you with a stimulating and rewarding environment to work in.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

We are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sectors of society. Quadram Institute Bioscience 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.

As part of that commitment we have signed up to the Athena SWAN Charter and we are working towards our application for Bronze status in late 2021.

Athena SWAN was originally established to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing women’s careers in science, technology, engineering, maths, and medicine (STEMM). The Charter now includes addressing gender equality more broadly, not just the barriers to progression that affect women and recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women.

As a Disability Confident employer, we guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for our vacancies.

It can be difficult to balance a developing career and caring responsibilities. We have a range of policies to help our staff build their careers whilst caring for their family. Our initiatives include funding to cover a period of maternity and/or shared parental leave; an extension to the five-year review period for Career Track Research Leaders in compelling personal circumstances; financial support for colleagues whose responsibilities to provide care for children or dependents has an impact on their freedom to attend conferences, workshops or networking and professional development events; flexible working policy.

Career Progression

We are committed to training the scientists of the future and providing outstanding development opportunities for all. This reflects both our desire for ongoing excellence in science, together with our wish to enable people to develop transferable skills for their chosen career path, either within a research environment, or other profession.

We have a range of scientific, scientific support and administrative/professional roles; for more information about the roles and guidance on the career progression options available please see our career pathways document [PDF].

Professional Development

A wide range of training and events are held throughout the year to support our staff and students during their career. These include scientific and technical training such as grant writing and presentation workshops, together with personal development and leadership events.

The Working Environment

The Quadram Institute is part of the Norwich Research Park, which is home to four world-leading research institutes (Quadram Institute Bioscience, the John Innes Centre, the Earlham Institute and The Sainsbury Laboratory), the internationally renowned University of East Anglia, plus a major teaching hospital with clinical research facilities, and around 80 science and IT based businesses.

With over 11,000 people including 3,000 scientists and clinicians and an annual research spend of over £170 million, the Norwich Research Park is a leading centre for research in food, health and the environment.

The Quadram Institute benefits from being located on the edge of Norwich, combining a pleasant location set in 230 hectares of parkland with proximity to Norwich, a vibrant university city that mixes the past and the future to make an inspiring place to live and work.

Living and working in Norwich

The Norwich Research Park has a communal ‘buzz’ with a wide range of recreation and leisure facilities. Close by is the SportsPark with a range of membership options and fantastic facilities including a 50 m pool, climbing wall, squash courts, sports hall, athletics track and a wide range of courses for all levels. The neighbouring University of East Anglia has a lively arts scene, hosting music, visual arts and drama events throughout the year, and is home to the renowned Sainsbury Centre art gallery.

New cycleways and regular bus services connect the Norwich Research Park with the city centre. Norwich’s medieval city centre is home to the Norwich University of the Arts. As a university city and regional capital, Norwich enjoys good transport links to London and Cambridge by road and rail, and internationally via Norwich International Airport.

Norwich 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 life in a university city without being too large or overcrowded.

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.

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.

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 the country’s first UNESCO City of Literature, the city is a significant cultural centre, hosts one of the oldest surviving arts festivals in the UK, and is home to the National Centre for Writing.