Research Scientist (Microbial Biochemistry/ Assay Development)

Applications Close: 28 November 2021

Salary: £32,258 - £39,938 depending on qualifications and experience

Contract Length: 2 years

Research Scientist (Microbial Biochemistry/ Assay Development)

Applications are invited for a Research Scientist to join the Laboratory of Dr Mark Webber in the Microbes in the Food Chain programme at Quadram Institute Bioscience (QIB), based in Norwich, UK.


The Webber group works in clinical and public health microbiology; in particular the development of tools for molecular epidemiology and bacterial identification. The group’s research is based at Quadram Institute Bioscience and is also linked with the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. The overarching aim of the research program is to improve understanding of infectious disease agents through the development of new techniques for understanding bacterial strain variation.

The role:

The post-holder will undertake research and manage projects relevant to “Understanding Biofilm Formation on Medical Implants”.  Specifically, to develop methods to allow translation of our fundamental science. This will mainly focus on using biochemical approaches to identify bacterial proteins or metabolites with differential abundance in defined growth conditions. These can be used to understand biology of biofilm formation and act as biomarkers. The post will include the development and optimisation of methods for metabolite identification and quantification. The post-holder will contribute to other relevant research projects in QIB in collaboration with NNUH in the area of pathogen biology.

The ideal candidate:

Candidates should have a PhD in biology or chemistry, or extensive experience relevant to the development and optimisation of methods for rapid metabolite detection in clinical samples. Good organisation, an attention to detail and the ability to work as part of a team are also required.

Additional information:

Salary on appointment will be within the range £32,258 to £39,938 per annum depending on qualifications and experience. This is a full-time post for a contract 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 1004139.

Informal enquiries can be made to

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 28th November 2021.

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