Vacancies

Director of Norwich BioSciences Doctoral Training Partnership and Chair of the Graduate School

The Norwich Research Park (NRP), an international centre of excellence for bioscience, has recently been awarded a Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) worth nearly £16M by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council. The Norwich Bioscience Institutes (NBI), part of the NRP, are seeking to recruit an ambitious academic who will act both as the Director of the DTP and as the Chair of the Graduate School Executive for NBI. This is a unique opportunity for an individual wishing to play a pivotal role in the development of future bioscientists, by progressing world-class doctoral training for the vibrant postgraduate research community at the NBI.

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Research Leadership - Gut Microbiota

£ Not specified

We are seeking an individual with the potential or proven ability to develop and lead high quality research in microbial interactions in complex commensal communities and contribute to the development of gut health research at the IFR and beyond. Applications across early and established career stages are welcome.

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Individual Fellowships at IFR – develop your career at IFR

£ TBC

IFR invites applications from well qualified early career research scientists who wish to hold an individual research fellowship at the Institute in areas of strategic importance to IFR.

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Studentship

Converting food wastes to renewable chemicals and fuels

Applications Close: 31 January 2015

The aim of this collaborative project is to build on previous research in Teagasc and IFR to develop biorefining approaches for (a) The extraction of potentially high value components such as functional phytochemicals from apple pomace and rheologically active polysaccharides from brewers spent grain, and (b) The pretreatment (steam explosion), ultrasound assisted enzymatic saccharification and (yeast) fermentation of the residual Lignocellulosic material in order to produce ethanol and other industrially relevant platform chemicals. This will underpin economic competitiveness in the cider and brewing industries by complete utilisation of waste, i.e. first by recovering bioactive phytochemicals followed by conversion of the remaining residues to biofuel.

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Senior Research Fellowship Opportunity

Dependent on qualifications and experience
Applications Close: 8 February 2015

Applications are invited for a new and exciting cross institutional Senior Research Fellowship aiming to develop bacteriotherapy to promote and restore gut health throughout life and in diseases of the gut. The fellowship is an Institute of Food Research (IFR) position based within the Antigen Presentation Research Group (APRG) in Harrow.

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Research Leader

Dependent on qualifications and experience
Applications Close: 13 February 2015

The Institute of Food Research seeks to recruit a Research Leader to develop and lead a research group focused on cereal quality and human health.

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Postdoctoral Researcher

£29,500 to £36,060 dependent on qualifications and experience
Applications Close: 16 February 2015

We require a Postdoctoral Researcher with strong skills and experience in physicochemical science of food colloids and human digestion to join our team working on the role of food structure on the interplay between the host and digestion of the food in the context of healthy ageing. The overall objective of the planned research is to produce a rationale for the design of age-group specific nutrition. The study will concentrate on investigating fundamental physicochemical and biochemical aspects of the breakdown of protein-stabilised, model colloidal food structures under physiologically relevant conditions of the human gastrointestinal tract.

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Studentship

Dynamics of regulatory and metabolic networks during stress adaptation

Applications Close: 6 March 2015

The focus of this project is the transition of the metabolic and regulatory network from one steady state to another. A typical example of this is the process of bacterial adaptation after inoculation, during which cells gradually reach the maximum specific rate characteristic of the new environment. The main hypothesis of the research will be that bacterial strategy of adaptation changes relatively abruptly from being growth-centred to survival centred at a threshold level of stress, and this can be demonstrated by analysis of biological networks.

The ideal candidate is a physicist / mathematician with an affinity for life sciences, or a biologist with experience of, or proven interest in mathematical modelling. Alongside using standard dynamic and stochastic analysis, the candidate will also develop new tools for modelling data on bacterial kinetics.

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Studentship

From genes to lifestyle of a food-poisoning bug

Applications Close: 6 March 2015

Listeria monocytogenes is an important food-borne bacterial pathogen, which most notably affects immune-compromised people such as the elderly. Reduction of the incidence of Listeria infections is a prime target for the Food Standards Agency. Listeria is able to replicate at fridge temperatures and hence control in the food chain is vital. The Institute of Food Research, an internationally recognised institution for its research on food safety is seeking a PhD student to decipher the role of genetic determinants in the different lifestyles of Listeria.

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Studentship

Nano and micro scale engineering of protein structures for improved nutrition

Applications Close: 6 March 2015

The aim of this multidisciplinary project is to determine what microstructural characteristics protein gels should possess that would enable fast and complete digestion of proteins and hence maximised bioaccessibility of amino acids required for their high bioavailability in human body. Identifying those relationships is necessary for designing protein-based foods tuned to meet age-specific requirements, while retaining required functional properties necessary for any food product to be a successful food choice.

The research will involve using biochemical and physicochemical models of human digestion coupled with a range of analytical methods. The student would receive a broad range of training in colloid science in the context of human digestion, nutrition and health.

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Studentship

Applications invited from students who wish to self fund or who are applying for scholarships to fund their postgraduate research degree

Applications Close: 31 December 2019

We welcome applications from students who have or hope to gain scholarships or wish to self-fund their studies.

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