Postdoctoral Research Scientist

Applications Close: 13 February 2019

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

Contract Length: 3 years

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Scientist to join the Laboratory of Evelien Adriaenssens in the Gut Microbes and Health Programme at the Quadram Institute Bioscience (QIB), based in Norwich, UK.


The Adriaenssens group is working on viruses in the human gut, using a combination of culture-dependent and culture-independent approaches to elucidate the diversity and role of viruses in the gut microbiome. We are specialised in viral metagenomics (viromics), and bacteriophage biology and genomics.

The role:

The role will be partially lab-based and partially computational, offering great flexibility and opportunities for skill enhancement. The post holder will aid in the development of a novel screening protocol to identify novel gut bacteriophages incorporating synthetic biology approaches, will be responsible for phage characterisation and genomics, and will contribute to gut virome analyses.

The ideal candidate:

Candidates should have a PhD in Microbiology or related Biological Science, with experience in bacterial and/or bacteriophage culturing. Any experience or keen interest in computational microbiology is a plus. You will have excellent communication skills and work well independently, as well as in a team. You will also have a strong track record of research outputs commensurate with your level of experience.

Additional information:

Salary on appointment will be within the range £31,250 to £38,100 per annum depending on qualifications and experience.  This post is for a contract of 3 years.

For informal enquiries please contact Dr Evelien Adriaenssens by email at

Further information and details of how to apply can be found here, or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450462 or  quoting reference 1003619.

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.

About the Quadram Institute:

The Quadram Institute 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. A partnership between Quadram Institute Bioscience, the University of East Anglia, the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and BBSRC, it brings together scientists and clinicians in a new state-of-the-art building. The Quadram Institute is based on the Norwich Research Park, one of Europe’s largest centres of life sciences and home of the John Innes Centre and The Earlham Institute.

The closing date for applications will be 13th February 2019.

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