Research Scientist

Applications Close: 21 September 2023

Salary: £35,300 to £43,750 per annum depending on qualifications and experience.

Contract Length: Full time, 9 months

We are looking for a Research Scientist to join the Laboratory of Dr Fred Warren in the Food, Microbiome and Health programme.

The post will be based in the Warren group at Quadram Institute. The Warren group focusses on understanding the impact of carbohydrate structure on digestion and the gut microbiome in health and disease. Based within the Food, Microbes and Health strategic programme at the Quadram Institute, the group aims to leverage expertise in physical chemistry of carbohydrates, advanced gut models and ‘omics technology to develop innovative microbiome targeted foods. We aim to take a holistic approach with research spanning crop and agricultural science, food production, gut modelling, and gut diseases.

The role

We are looking to hire an enthusiastic Research Scientist with a background in dietary fibre, gut health or gut microbiology to work on a dynamic Innovate UK project aiming to develop the next generation of gut health beneficial beverages.

Working with a new start-up company this project will aim to explore a range of soluble fibre formulations for incorporation into beverages. We will aim to explore the impact of formulations on gut microbiome composition, the abundance of beneficial microbes and microbial metabolites, as well as digestive tolerance. This will be achieved using the cutting-edge model gut systems available at Quadram Institute, combined with cutting edge omics technologies.

There will be the potential to see discoveries rapidly translated into real world applications.

The ideal candidate

The successful candidate will have a PhD in biochemistry, molecular biology, nutrition, or a related discipline. Previous experience working with in vitro gut models, dietary fibre and the gut microbiome is essential and experience working with industrial partners would be advantageous.

Strong organisational and communication skills and the ability to work independently will be essential for this fast-paced industry-partnered project.

Additional information

Salary on appointment will be within the range £35,300 to £43,750 per annum depending on qualifications and experience. This is a full-time post for a contract of 9 months.

For further information and details of how to apply, please visit the HR website or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450814 or quoting reference 1004527.

Interviews will be held on 2 October 2023.

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 dedicated to understanding how food and microbes interact to promote health and prevent disease. Its mission is to deliver healthier lives through innovation in gut health, microbiology and food. 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 state-of-the-art building on the Norwich Research Park. This is 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 21 September 2023

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