Project Scientist

Applications Close: 24 February 2019

Salary: £24,300 - £29,750 per year depending on qualifications and experience

Contract Length: 10 months

Applications are invited for a Project Scientist to join the Laboratory of Lindsay Hall in the Gut Microbes and Health Programme at Quadram Institute Bioscience (QIB).


The Hall lab’s research focus involves defining the interactions of the host with the gut microbiota, with a particular focus on the early life developmental window, and the genus Bifidobacterium. The lab has three main research themes including, microbe-diet interactions, microbe-host cross-talk, and colonisation resistance. For more details please visit

The lab utilises multi-disciplinary approaches to explore these themes including; microbiology (model-colon chemostat systems, molecular microbiology), metabolomics (NMR, MS), next generation sequencing (RNASeq, 16S rRNA, WGS, both host and microbe), bioinformatics tools, in vivo models (germ-free and infection models), and human studies (preterm/term infants).

The role

The goal of this Wellcome Trust funded position is to support ongoing lab activities including microbiota studies (clinical and lab-based) and support new projects to identify ‘healthy’ early life microbiota signatures.

Specific duties of the role will include sample collection/organisation, DNA extraction, sequencing preparation, culturing, and in vitro experiments. The post holder will assist with laboratory management activities, such as ordering, and train students and visitors to the laboratory.

The ideal candidate

Applicants should have a background in biological research (e.g. microbiology), and ideally microbiota studies, and will act as a key member of the research group. A BSc or equivalent in biomedical science, or a related field is essential, as is outstanding personal initiative and communication skills.

Additional information

Salary on appointment will be within the range £24,300 to £29,750 per annum depending on qualifications and experience.  This post is a fulltime post for a period of 10 months.

Please note this post does not meet the 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  quoting reference 1003629.

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.