Postdoctoral Research Scientist (ONE Health of Gastrointestinal Pathogens)

Applications Close: 06 January 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 Dr Tom Connor at the Quadram Institute Bioscience (QIB), based in Norwich, UK.

The Project

The project forms part of the Microbes in the Foodchain Programme at the Quadram Institute, and focuses on understanding bacterial populations found in animals and the environment. The work has two aims 1) To examine and quantify the overlap of key bacteria found in both the environment and animals in human clinical disease 2) To quantify the population structure of emerging pathogens that are, or may be, animal associated.

The role

The role is a mix of wet lab, fieldwork and computational biology. The postholder will undertake environmental sampling to collect and culture bacteria from a range of places including farms, water sources and hospitals. Once cultured, the postholder will sequence and analyse the samples that have been collected, alongside genomic sequence data derived from animals and human clinical cases. The principal organisms that we expect to find/examine are E. coli, Enterococcus, Salmonella, Campylobacter, and C. difficile.

The role will involve working with collaborators (most especially within Public Health Wales NHS Trust), and potentially working across a number of different organisms at once. The work will also involve applying and potentially contributing to the development of new analysis approaches to identify the source (human/animal/environmental) of bacteria and understand bacterial geneflow between different environments.

The ideal candidate

The ideal candidate could be an environmental microbiologist or a researcher who has experience working on/with bacterial pathogens. The work will include practical elements, and so you should have some lab experience and be comfortable with laboratory activities such as culturing and extracting bacterial DNA. The ideal candidate would also have an interest in (and perhaps experience of) learning how to analyse next generation sequencing data. A PhD in a biological or computational biological science subject is essential.

As part of this position we would expect to train the candidate in bacterial population genomics, phylogenetics and comparative genomics.

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 fulltime post for a period of 3 years.

Further information and details of how to apply can be found here, or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450462 or  quoting reference 1003585.

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 (formerly the Institute of Food Research), 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.