Research Scientist (molecular biologist)


Contract length: 36 months
Salary: range £30,750 to £37,750 per annum depending on qualifications and experience
Applications Close: 9 May 2017

Research Scientist (molecular biologist)

An exciting opportunity is available for a Microbiologist/Molecular Biologist to join the Narbad group at the Institute of Food Research/Quadram Institute on the Norwich Research Park in the UK. This position will contribute towards fundamental research on the impact of the gut microbiome in food and health. The Narbad group is working on the role of gut commensals on health and disease in humans and animals. They have a particular interest in isolation and application of gut commensal bacteria and novel antimicrobial strategies for biocontrol of the gut pathogens.

The post holder will work on the genetics of sulphate reducing bacteria of human origin. They will generate specific mutants of Desulphovibrio piger to investigate colonisation and metabolism of these bacteria which inhabit GI tract and influence the gut health. The work will also involve evaluation and development of specific antimicrobials that modulate the composition and function of the sulphate reducing bacteria within the complex gut microbiome. The post holder will be expected to spend a short time in China working with Professor Chen Wei in Jiangnan University.

Candidates are expected to have a PhD with expertise in genetics of bacterial systems. Experience of cloning and gene expression and metagenomics profiling of microbial communities would be advantageous.

Salary on appointment will be within the range £30,750 to £37,750 per annum depending on qualifications and experience.  This posts is for a contract of 36 months.

In 2018, research teams from IFR, the University of East Anglia’s Faculty of Science and Norwich Medical School and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals’ gastrointestinal endoscopy facility will integrate into the Quadram Institute, a new interdisciplinary research institute at the forefront of a new era in food and health research at the heart of the Norwich Research Park. (

For further information and details of how to apply, please visit our web site or contact Human Resources, Norwich BioScience Institutes Partnership, Norwich Bioscience Institutes, Norwich, NR4 7UA, UK, 01603 450149 quoting reference 1003168.

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.

The closing date for applications will be 9th May 2017.

The Institute of Food Research is a registered charity (No 1058499) and is an Equal Opportunities Employer.




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