Research Scientist (PhageLand Project)

Applications Close: 03 March 2022

Salary: £32,578 to £39,938 per annum depending on qualifications and experience

Contract Length: 30 months

We are looking for a phage enthusiast to join the team of Dr Evelien Adriaenssens as a Research Scientist at the Quadram Institute Bioscience (QIB), based in Norwich, UK.


PhageLand is a large project funded by the Joint Programming Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance with partners in Spain, Poland, Belgium, the Netherlands and Moldova, which aims to develop a novel intervention strategy combining bacteriophages and constructed wetland technology to prevent the spread of antibiotic resistance from wastewater into surface water.

The role:

As part of the consortium, the jobholder will be responsible for discovery and characterisation of phages for ESKAPE pathogens, the production of stocks and with other partners contribute to the bioinformatic analysis and evaluation of phage-treated constructed wetlands using metagenomics and viromics. The jobholder will collaborate with all partners and travel to project meetings where necessary.

The ideal candidate:

The ideal candidate will hold a PhD in Microbiology, Biotechnology, Bioscience Engineering or a related Life Science subject, and will be passionate about using phage technologies to combat antimicrobial resistance. The responsibilities consist of a 50/50 split between wet lab and dry lab work, with the bioinformatics aspects supported by a staff bioinformatician. Therefore, applicants with experience in either wet or dry lab work and the willingness to learn about the other aspect will be considered. Good communication skills are essential, as is the ability to work independently.

We recognise that pandemic restrictions have limited opportunities for research. Candidates are encouraged to apply even if they don’t meet all criteria and provide clarification in the cover letter.

Additional information:

Salary on appointment will be within the range £32,578 to £39,938 per annum depending on qualifications and experience. This is a full-time post for a contract of 30 months.

For further information and details of how to apply, please visit our website or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450462 or quoting reference 1004197.

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 2nd March 2022

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