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Research Scientist

Quadram Institute Bioscience - Laboratory of Dr Paul Kroon

Location: Norwich
Salary: £32,255 to £39,345 per annum depending on qualifications and experience
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 23rd February 2021
Closes: 21st March 2021
Job Ref: 1004007

Applications are invited for a Research Scientist to join the Laboratory of Dr Paul Kroon in the Food Innovation and Health Programme at Quadram Institute Bioscience (QIB), based in Norwich, UK.

The role:

The successful candidate will work on a European-funded innovation project that seeks to develop biofortified plant foods using hydroponic growing systems. The post-holder will test specific changes in the hydroponics solutions and their effects on plant micronutrient content, and test the relative bioavailability of the targeted micronutrients in the food plants using established models of human gastrointestinal digestion and of intestinal uptake and absorption.

This role also involves communicating with the other project partners including an SME, preparing various reports, contributing to a range of dissemination activities, and working to tight deadlines.

The ideal candidate:

Applicants should possess a PhD in biology, biochemistry or a similar subject. They will have in-depth knowledge and experience of a relevant field of scientific research, such as biochemistry, plant biology, biofortification and analytical chemistry. Experience of writing scientific reports is essential, along with excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Additional information:

Salary on appointment will be within the range £32,255 to £39,345 per annum depending on qualifications and experience. This post is a fulltime position for a period of nine months in the first instance, with possibility for extension.

For further information and details of how to apply, please visit our web site or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450462 or quoting reference 1004007.

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 21st March 2021. Please note, we reserve the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

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

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