Research Scientist

Applications Close: 14 February 2024

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

Contract Length: 36 months, full time

We are looking for a Research Scientist to join the Laboratory of Mark Webber in the Microbes and Food Safety programme.


The post holder will sit within the Webber group whilst also closely liaising with the Warren group and Charles groups at QIB. The Webber group studies bacterial responses to stress with a focus on genetic adaptation and evolution in varied bacterial species.

This project will exploit state of the art facilities for genomics, in particular the TraDIS-Xpress method developed at QIB will make new mutant libraries in Shewanella and other organisms relevant to Bioprocessing.

This post will provide a stimulating, multidisciplinary training environment that will assist the post holder in their successful scientific development as well as opportunities to interact with multiple stakeholders in other organisms pursuing shared goals.

The role

The Research Scientist will be required to work on a project developing new approaches to engineer bacteria to transform recovery and processing of important metals. This will be as part of an exciting multi centre project and the post will be able to collaborate with an interdisciplinary team within the Quadram Institute and across the UK. The postholder will apply transposon mutagenesis to identify how to develop strains with improved characteristics.

The ideal candidate

Candidates should have a PhD in microbiology or a related discipline. Knowledge of transposon mutagenesis approaches and applied environmental microbiology is essential, as well as previous experience in antimicrobial susceptibility testing. Experience in bioinformatics and running bioinformatic pipelines would be beneficial but is not essential.  Excellent communication and organisational skills, experience in training lab members and the ability to work independently are essential to this role.

Informal enquiries can be made to Professor Mark Webber in the first instance.

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 36 months.

Further information and details of how to apply can be found here, or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450814 or quoting reference 1004598. 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 26 February 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.

The closing date for applications will be 14 February 2024

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