Research Scientist

Applications Close: 21 February 2024

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

Contract Length: full or part time hours, 48 months

We are looking for a Research Scientist (Metabolic Modelling) to join the Laboratory of Professor Wain in our Microbes and Food Safety programme.


Research in the Wain Group focuses on the use of metabolic modelling to understand the biology of bacteria in the food chain.  Having used models of individual genomes to help explain how Campylobacter survives in the food chain the next stage is to look at the metabolic aspects of the bacterial community within which Campylobacter survive and persist in the food chain.  Professor Wain also has an interest in using metagenomic data for bacterial typing and in establishing new technology in low to middle income countries.

The role

The post holder will build and compare genome scale metabolic models of selected pathogens found on food. They will be expected to generate community scale metabolic models from metagenomic data of defined and natural communities. They will also grow and sequence defined bacterial communities and then build community scale metabolic models using BioCYC databases and SCRUMPY. Laboratory experiments will be necessary to validate the models – this will involve the growth of bacteria in food relevant conditions, sampling over time and the measurement of targeted metabolites.

The ideal candidate

The Ideal candidate should have a PhD in a biological subject, or equivalent, and experience in computational biology (metabolic modelling) and molecular biology with unusual organisms. Previous experience of supervising students or project scientists is essential.

Additional information

Salary on appointment will be within the range £35,300 to £43,750 per annum depending on qualifications and experience. We welcome candidates seeking full-time or part-time hours, for a contract of 48 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 1004587. This role meets the criteria for a visa application, and we encourage all qualified candidates to apply.  Please contact the Human Resources Team if you have any questions regarding your application or visa options.

Interviews will be held on 5 March 2024.

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 February 2024.

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