Research Scientist (Microbial Genomic Epidemiology)

Applications Close: 23 April 2019

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

Contract Length: Full time until 30th April 2021

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


The post holder will join a project to identify and investigate the drivers and dynamics of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in Salmonella in Brazilian pig and poultry production. This research is highly topical and relevant to both animal and human health. This project is a collaboration with researchers in São Paulo, Brazil, and will involve a combination of approaches, including short- and long-read whole genome sequencing, bioinformatics analyses of large datasets and statistical modelling. These genomic data, along with the associated epidemiological metadata, provides an incredible opportunity to address key questions in this field, such as the relative importance of horizontal gene transfer, the impact of antimicrobial use on AMR, and the dynamics of Salmonella and AMR within these production systems.

The role:

The successful post holder will analyse microbial whole-genome sequence data from both Illumina and Oxford Nanopore MinION technologies, of both existing genomes and those that will be generated in the project, using various bioinformatics approaches to address the project aims. Some method development of molecular biology techniques is also part of the project. The post holder will occasionally present research findings at project meetings, scientific conferences and outreach/training events. The position will involve visits to São Paulo to work with the Brazilian collaborators on epidemiological and bioinformatics analyses.

The ideal candidate

Candidates should have a PhD in a relevant subject (e.g. Computational Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Genetics, Bioinformatics, Epidemiology or related discipline), and experience in analysing microbial sequencing data. They should also possess a proven record in scientific writing, and excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

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 contract until 30th April 2021.

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. To find out more about working at QI, please click here.

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, 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.

The closing date for applications will be 23 April 2019.

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