Research Scientist (Gut Systems Biology)

Applications Close: 16 October 2019

Salary: £31,625 to £38,575 depending on qualifications and experience

Contract Length: 27 months

Research Scientist (Gut Systems Biology)

Applications are invited for a Research Scientist to join the Gut Systems Biology group of Dr Tamas Korcsmaros in the Gut Microbes and Health Programme at Quadram Institute Bioscience (QIB), based in Norwich, UK.


The Korcsmaros group is a multi-disciplinary group that combines computational and experimental approaches to predict, analyse and validate gut related processes. The main interest of the group is related to the regulation of intestinal cells by microbes and upon disease conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The group is specialised in developing novel methods that combine systems biology, signalling networks with microbiome and clinical data, with a special interest in creating organoid based analytical platforms. For further details on the current research projects of the group click here.

The group is based in both QIB, specialising in state-of-the-art microbiome and health research, and the Earlham Institute (EI), specialising in genomics and systems biology. Both institutes are based on the Norwich Research Park. The joint affiliation provides access to the brand-new Quadram Institute building, which houses a large endoscopy unit and state-of-the-art microbiome and clinical research areas, allowing direct access to patient samples and laboratories as well as to EI’s cutting-edge sequencing platforms and one of Europe’s largest computing infrastructures for life sciences. Further information about why Norwich is great place to work and live in can be found here and here.

The role:

The Research Scientist will work on network and systems biology related projects focusing on gut homeostasis, intestinal host-microbiome interactions, autophagy and signalling networks as well as data integration from various omic sources to develop new models and in silico predictions.

The Research Scientist will be an enthusiastic and motivated individual who will participate in studying integrative and systems-level problems. The position will be computational, offering flexibility and opportunities for personal development. The post holder will contribute to supervising students and to grant and manuscript writing.

This position will give the applicant the opportunity to have an active role in building new projects within the Gut Microbes and Health Programme exploiting in-house generated data, offering independence, responsibility and scientific freedom.

The post holder will have plenty of opportunities to learn novel techniques, data management technologies, interact with researchers with different backgrounds and work with cutting-edge approaches. Also, the post holder could participate in training and receive direct advice to develop to be a successful and happy independent researcher.

The ideal candidate:

Applicants should have a PhD related to Computer Science, Gut Biology or Computational Biology. They should be able to evidence expertise in systems biology and network modelling and have knowledge of working with R or Julia or similar data science-oriented script languages. The successful candidate must have experience in git and version/source control systems, knowledge of working in a Linux environment (local and remote) and skills in HPC (slurm) and Python.

Additional information:

Salary on appointment will be within the range £31,625 to £38,575 per annum depending on qualifications and experience.  This is a full-time post for a contract of 27 months.

Further information and details of how to apply can be found here or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450462 or  quoting reference 1003727.

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The Quadram Institute is a diverse and multicultural scientific community. We thrive on our international and European links, appointing staff from across the world. We expect this to continue post Brexit. However, any candidate who would like further information on current or anticipated immigration requirements can contact the HR Team on the above details.

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 30 November 2019. Please note we reserve the right to close the vacancy early if a sufficient number of applications have been received.

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