Senior Research Scientist in Microbial Metagenomics

Applications Close: 20 May 2021

Salary: £40,785 to £49,750 per annum depending on qualifications and experience.

Contract Length: Available until 31st March 2023.

Applications are invited for a Senior Research Scientist in Microbial Metagenomics to join the Microbes in the Food Chain Programme at Quadram Institute Bioscience (QIB), based in Norwich, UK.


The Microbes in the Food Chain strategic programme at the Quadram Institute is a world leader in metagenomic studies that seek to understand the ecology of bacterial pathogens in foods. Foodborne pathogens exist as communities with other bacteria across the entire food chain, and the nature of this co-existence can inform how these pathogens transmit across health domains and ultimately cause disease. Metagenomic tools are used across our Institute for determining the composition and dynamics of bacterial communities in different foods and environments, for studying etiologic agents of disease, and for characterising bacterial responses to stresses such as antibiotics.

The role:

The Senior Research Scientist will drive the development of metagenomic studies across our programme through their expertise in sequencing and informatics approaches, their ability to collaborate and coordinate with our research groups conducting metagenomic studies, and their ability to liaise with external partners to manage projects.

The ideal candidate:

The ideal candidate will have PhD in a biological science subject e.g. Microbiology, Molecular Genetics, Bioinformatics, or Biochemistry. They will have substantial experience in pathogen DNA enrichment/ host DNA depletion strategies, and specialist knowledge of microbial metagenomics and molecular diagnostics.

Candidates should also have proven track-record in publishing their scientific findings, and experience supervising trainees and technical staff.

Additional information:

Salary on appointment will be within the range £40,785 to £49,750 per annum depending on qualifications and experience.  This is a full time post available until 31st March 2023.

Further information and details of how to apply can be found here or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450462 or  quoting reference 1004050

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 20th May 2021.

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