Postdoctoral Scientist (Campylobacter)

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Scientist to join the Laboratory of Professor John Wain at the Quadram Institute Bioscience (QIB), based in Norwich, UK.

The Wain Group

Professor John Wain works in public health microbiology; in particular the development of tools for molecular epidemiology and bacterial identification. The group’s research is based at Quadram Institute Bioscience and is also linked with the Norwich Medical School of the University of East Anglia. The overarching aim of the research program is to improve clinical diagnosis of infectious disease through the development of new techniques for understanding bacterial strain variation. The group includes biologists as well as bioinformaticians and is now expanding, through collaboration with Oxford-Brookes University into metabolic modelling.

The role

The post holder will be expected to prepare standard operating procedures (and troubleshoot assay performance issues) for the detection of microbial DNA in clinical and environmental samples. Specifically, to develop an antibody-based capture system for the concentration of Campylobacter cells from stool and water. DNA will then be extracted and sequenced using Oxford Nanopore technology. This will be established in the UK on Campylobacter culture positive samples from the local hospital laboratory. The assay will then be transferred to the Bangladeshi partner and the successful candidate will be expected to spend time in Dhaka to support the laboratory staff in Bangladesh to establish a pipeline for Campylobacter DNA extraction and sequencing.

The ideal candidate

Candidates should possess a PhD in a biological subject including analysis of next generation sequence data. An understanding of genomic analysis from diarrhoeal pathogens is essential, as is knowledge of the genetics of antibacterial resistance in Gram negative bacteria. Experience of culture-based identification methods for bacteria 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 post is for a contract of 23 months.

Please click here for further information and details of how to apply, or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450462 or  quoting reference 1003621.

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.

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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 24th February 2019.

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