Research Assistants (Microbes in the Food Chain)

Applications Close: 04 January 2021

Salary: £25,315 to £30,875 per annum depending on qualifications and experience

Contract Length: Contract available until 31 March 2023

Applications are invited for two Research Assistants to join the Microbes in the Food Chain Programme at Quadram Institute Bioscience (QIB), based in Norwich, UK.

Microbes in the Food Chain Programme:

This exciting programme connects multiple research groups with a common aim of exploring the diversity of pathogenic bacteria present within the food chain and to improve understanding of how these pathogens can successfully survive and pose a food safety threat. These posts will join a large team which enjoys new state of the art facilities for bacteriology and genomics, housed in a new purpose-built building.

Work will focus on Campylobacter, Salmonella, E. coli and Listeria although not exclusively. The strategic goal of the work is to understand bacterial behaviour in relevant conditions to the food chain to develop improved interventions that prevent bacterial survival and the development of antimicrobial resistance.

The roles:

These posts represent exciting opportunities to join a newly established programme within the Quadram Institute and to be part of a stimulating, multidisciplinary environment. Candidates will be able to experience a range of research opportunities including the phenotyping of isolates for antimicrobial resistance, the use of laboratory evolution experiments, genome sequencing and microscopy to help understand the basis for microbial survival in the food chain.

The ideal candidate:

Candidates are expected to have a degree in a relevant subject, with experience in handling pathogenic microorganisms and extracting nucleic acids. Some experience of working with biofilms, and microscopy is desirable.

Additional information:

Salary on appointment will be within the range £25,315 to £30,875 per annum depending on qualifications and experience. There are two, fulltime posts available until 31 March 2023.

Further information and details of how to apply can be found here or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450462 or  quoting reference 1003977.

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 4 January 2021.

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