Bioinformatician (DIME Study)

Applications Close: 07 July 2021

Salary: £32,255 to £39,345 per annum depending on qualifications and experience

Contract Length: 24 months

Applications are invited for a Bioinformatician to join the Laboratory of Dr Traka in the Food Databanks Programme at Quadram Institute Bioscience (QIB), based in Norwich, UK.


Food Databanks National Capability (FDNC) is the national provider of nutritional food composition data eaten in the UK, which underpin research into diet and health, and the role of diet in shaping human gut microbiome.

We are lead partners in a consortium to develop an EU-wide Food and Nutrition Security (FNS) data cloud (FNS-Cloud) that will connect and FAIRify various types of data for the food, health and microbiome research community (2019-2023). As part of the FNS-Cloud we are undertaking a human dietary intervention study (DIME study), designed to investigate the effects of plant bioactive-rich diets on gut microbiome diversity and on metabolic health markers.

Dr Traka is also a founding member of the ELIXIR Food & Nutrition Community that aims to facilitate meaningful harmonization, integration and analysis of datasets relevant for food, health & microbiome research, underpinned by FAIR principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable & Reusable).

The role:

We are seeking a highly motivated individual to drive bioinformatics analyses by:

  • Leading the metagenomic analyses from the DIME study through applying and adapting existing software from the Hildebrand lab
  • Developing a framework to integrate additional data types (whole genome sequencing, metabolomics of faecal and urine samples, metabolic models) into metagenomic workflows that can be used consortium wide
  • Developing a series of activities (eg putting together bioinformatic pipelines, generate how-to videos, etc) using the human microbiome study and other publicly available microbiome datasets to demonstrate the capabilities of the FNS-Cloud.

The post holder will work closely with Dr Traka (FDNC) and the Hildebrand Bioinformatics group at QIB.

This work will underpin our activities on FNS-cloud development, and will provide opportunities for the post-holder to undertake (virtual/physical) exchanges with leading bioinformatics/data science centres across our European partners around food, health and microbiome data (eg Hall lab in TUM/Germany, Korousic lab in JSI/ Slovenia).

The ideal candidate:

The ideal candidate will:

  • Be proficient in Bash scripting and working with LINUX environments
  • Be proficient in at least one programming language (e.g. Python, Perl, R)
  • Have knowledge and experience with advanced statistics or numerical ecology (e.g. Regression Models and Time Series)
  • Have experience with analysis of microbial sequencing data

Additional information:

Salary on appointment will be within the range £32,255 to £39,345 per annum depending on qualifications and experience.  This post is for a contract of 24 months.

Further information and details of how to apply can be found here,  or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450462 or  quoting reference 1004063

We are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sectors 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.

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 7th July 2021.

The Quadram Institute Bioscience is a registered charity (No. 1058499) and is an Equal Opportunities Employer.