Research Scientist

Applications Close: 26 May 2019

Salary: £31,250 - £38,100 depending on qualifications and experience

Contract Length: 12 months

Applications are invited for a Research Scientist to undertake collaborative research funded by the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Gastrointestinal Infections ( The position will be based in the group of Prof Arjan Narbad in the Gut Microbes and Health Programme at Quadram Institute Bioscience (QIB), based in Norwich, UK.


Gastrointestinal illness continues to be a considerable cause of morbidity in the UK and recent estimates are of up to 17 million sporadic, community cases of IID and 1 million GP consultations annually. Recent advances in next generation sequencing technologies provide a unique opportunity to assay the microbiome in an untargeted manner allowing us to explore GI diseases with unknown aetiology.

The role:

The successful candidate will join a team working in the area of gut commensal microbiome and the biocontrol of pathogens. The post holder will perform extensive analysis of gut microbiome using molecular profiling methods and assess the metabolism of the gut microbiome using metabolomics platforms.

The ideal candidate:

Candidates will have a PhD in microbiology or molecular biology and have knowledge of molecular profiling of microbial communities. Experience in metagenomics data analysis and anaerobic microbiology are desirable, as is the ability to handle pathogens safely and experience in designing human studies.

Additional information:

Salary on appointment will be within the range £31,250 to £38,100 per annum depending on qualifications and experience. This is a full time post for a contract of 12 months.

Please note, this position does not meet UKVI requirements to sponsor a Tier 2 visa.

Further information and details of how to apply can be found here or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450462 or quoting reference 1003604. Please click here for more information about working at Quadram Institute Bioscience.

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 (formerly the Institute of Food Research), the University of East Anglia, the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, 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 26 May 2019.

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