Microbiologist (Maternity Cover)

Applications Close: 20 February 2019

Salary: £31,250 - £38,100 depending on qualifications and experience

Contract Length: It is anticipated the contract will be for 12 months (Maternity cover)

Applications are invited for a Microbiologist to join the Quadram Institute Bioscience (QIB), based in Norwich, UK.


Quadram Institute Bioscience is a new interdisciplinary research institute at the forefront of a new era in food and health research. Its mission is to understand how food and the gut microbiota are linked to the promotion of health and the prevention of disease.

The Germ Free (GF) animal facility is part of the Core Science Resources, which provide core skills and facilities to all science programmes at Quadram Institute Bioscience. The GF facility breeds and maintains mice in a sterile environment contained in flexible film isolators, which provide a unique and powerful model system to investigate the impact microbial exposure/challenge has on host functions in health and diseases. The successful and continued operation of the GF facility relies on robust procedures to validate the germ-free status of the axenic animals.

The role:

The main purpose of this role will be the screening of samples from the germ-free facility, using existing microbial sterility testing protocols, to verify the samples are free from bacterial contamination. The post holder will also assist the gnotobiology specialist in specific tasks performed routinely in the facility, which will require direct contact with animals. The post holder will also undertake administrative tasks associated with the running of the germ-free facility and the use of UEA’s Disease Modelling Unit.

The ideal candidate:

We are seeking an individual with expertise in microbiology and an understanding of molecular techniques. Candidates should possess a BSc in Microbiology, or equivalent experience, and be willing to work directly with mice. Knowledge of imaging techniques, microscopy and COSHH would be advantageous.

Additional information:

Salary on appointment will be within the range £31,250 to £38,100 per annum depending on qualifications and experience.  This is a full-time maternity cover post and it is anticipated the contract will be for 12 months.

Please note, this post does not meet UKVI requirements to provide tier 2 visa sponsorship.

Further information and details of how to apply can be found here, or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450462 or nbi.recruitment@nbi.ac.uk  quoting reference 1003634.

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 20th February 2019.

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