Research Scientist (Genomic Epidemiology of Antimicrobial Resistance)

Applications Close: 10 July 2019

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

Contract Length: 2 years

Applications are invited for a Postdoc position in Dr Alison Mather’s group, at the Quadram Institute, based in Norwich, UK.  Working in collaboration with researchers at the University of São Paulo in Brazil, the group is leading a ground-breaking project on the genomic epidemiology of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), with a particular focus on salmonella in Brazilian pig and poultry production.

Brazil is the world’s largest exporter of chicken meat and the fourth largest producer of pigs, and with an increasing demand for animal protein, antimicrobial consumption in livestock is expected to nearly double in Brazil by 2030.  Working on this project, will provide you with an incredible opportunity to address key questions in the field of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) an its impact on global food production.

We seek a highly motivated individual with:

  • A strong interest in collaborative work.
  • Solid experience in bioinformatics and genomics data analysis.
  • A Ph.D. in Computational Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Genetics, Bioinformatics, Epidemiology or related discipline is required (in exceptional circumstances we will consider applicants who have significant relevant experience of high-throughput sequencing and microbial genomics).
  • Good communication skills.

They will have:

  • Practical knowledge of short- and long-read whole genome sequencing.
  • Significant experience of bioinformatics analyses of large datasets.

We are looking for someone exceptional, who will use a combination of approaches, including and statistical modelling to identify factors associated with AMR, the impact of antimicrobial use on AMR, and the dynamics of Salmonella and AMR within production systems.

Additional information

Salary on appointment will be within the range £31,250 to £38,100 per annum depending on qualifications and experience.  This post is a fulltime contract for a period of 2 years.

Further information and details of how to apply can be found here, or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450462 or  quoting reference 1003660.

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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.

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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.