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Research Scientist (Bacterial Lifestyles)

Quadram Institute Bioscience

Location: Norwich
Salary: £32,578 to £39,938 per annum depending on qualifications and experience
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 12th October 2021
Closes: 9th November 2021
Job Ref: 1004126

Applications are invited for a Research Scientist to join the Whitchurch group at Quadram Institute Bioscience on the Norwich Research Park in the UK, to contribute to fundamental research into bacterial lifestyles.

The role:

This project will use various microscopy and molecular microbiology techniques to investigate alternate bacterial lifestyles (e.g. biofilms, cell wall deficiency) to understand their roles in the food chain, human health, and antimicrobial resistance.

The position will involve working with limited supervision to carry out individual and collaborative research projects relevant to the overall needs of the research programme. The work will also involve supervision of staff and students and general group management.

The project will exploit state of the art facilities for microscopy and genomics. QIB and the Whitchurch group will provide you with a stimulating, multidisciplinary training environment that will assist you in your successful scientific development.

The ideal candidate:

Candidates are expected to have a PhD in a relevant subject area (e.g. Microbiology, Molecular Genetics, or Biochemistry). They will have knowledge of and hands on experience with molecular microbiology.  Knowledge and skills with biofilm models, RNAseq, TRaDIS, bioinformatics, optical microscopy and quantitative image analysis are also desirable.

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 41 months.

Interviews will be held on 29th November 2021, with an anticipated start date in January 2022.

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 1004126.  

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 9th November 2021.

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

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