Research Leader (Listeria - Microbes in the Food Chain)

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Quadram Institute Bioscience

The Quadram Institute is at the forefront of a new interface between food science, gut biology and health, developing solutions to worldwide challenges in food-related disease and human health.

We are engaged in fundamental and translational food and health research, alongside clinical studies, endoscopy and industry, working together to become a leading international hub for food and health research, combining scientific excellence and clinical expertise, delivering impacts on patient care and accelerating innovation.

In preparation for the full opening of the Quadram Institute in 2018, the Institute of Food Research transitioned into Quadram Institute Bioscience on April 28th 2017.

Post Details

Job Title
Research Leader (Listeria - Microbes in the Food Chain)
Post Number
Closing Date
23 Oct 2018
Starting Salary
By Negotiation
Hours per week
Months Duration

Main Purpose of the Job

This key role will increase our knowledge of Listeria and develop and deliver effective prevention and intervention strategies.
Working collaboratively with colleagues and stakeholders, the post holder will lead innovative research strategies and programmes focussed on the epidemiology, microbiology, genomics, and/or molecular biology of Listeria.


Microbes in the Food Chain

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Quadram Institute Bioscience (QIB) seeks a dynamic, proactive individual to lead a research programme on microbes in the food chain, focusing on Listeria.

The role:

Listeria remains an important foodborne pathogen with considerable impacts on human health and wealth. As part of QIB’s commitment to developing solutions to worldwide challenges in human health, food and disease, we are seeking a Research Leader to enhance our capacity to deliver world-class research and to develop effective prevention and intervention strategies.

The post will be based at the new £75m Quadram Institute (QI;, an interdisciplinary research institute at the forefront of a new era in food and health research which brings together medical and molecular microbiologists, epidemiologists, bioinformaticians and clinicians to deliver pioneering interdisciplinary research focused on microbes in the food chain.

QIB supports flexible, innovative working that brings together scientists from three BBSRC Institutes (John Innes Centre, Earlham Institute and Quadram Institute Bioscience), the University of East Anglia and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

We are now looking to bring in a forward thinking research leader capable of linking existing work packages and developing their own research programme, exploiting the considerable resources available and helping to establish the Quadram Institute as a leader in Listeria research.

The ideal candidate:

Applicants should have experience in bacterial foodborne pathogens including specialist knowledge of Listeria. Successful candidates will have a good publication record, obvious potential for attracting funding and most importantly, have a clear vision for collaborative research to reduce the impact of Listeria.

Additional information:

Positions come with a significant support package. We offer an exciting, innovative and supportive research environment, competitive salaries (depending on qualifications and experience) and a great place to live – a relocation package is available. We welcome applications from candidates seeking full-time, part-time or other flexible working arrangements.

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.

Key Relationships

Internal: All employees working at the Quadram Institute, including QIB, UEA and NHS colleagues. NBI Partnership.
External: UKRI, BBSRC, NRP, other scientific institutions and educational bodies, industry, governmental organisations, general public.

Main Activities & Responsibilities

Lead and manage high profile and innovative projects focused on Listeria – as self-contained projects or as part of broader institutional strategic programmes – that add to our knowledge and understanding of this pathogen in the food chain and deliver effective prevention and intervention strategies.
Secure significant funding in accordance with the expectations of the discipline and level of the role.
Lead and manage research teams, taking responsibility for the delivery of the research. This will include supervising Postdoctoral Research Assistants, supporting effective career development and maintaining high levels of performance representative of a world class institute.
Write and publish high quality and significant research papers together with providing expert commentary in a variety of media.
Promote a culture of world class science excellence and scientific integrity across the Institute.
Develop pertinent research strategies for the QI to deliver high social and economic impact.
Promote our research and develop business opportunities for the Institute by liaising with and influencing government, industry and other external partners.
Disseminate research findings and consolidate the Institute’s international reputation through participation in international conference and exhibitions.
Other duties commensurate with the nature of the role.

Education & Qualifications

PhD in a relevant subject (e.g., epidemiology, molecular biology, microbiology or genetics)

Specialist Knowledge & Skills

Extensive knowledge of the epidemiology, evolution and biology of Listeria in the food chain

Relevant Experience

Established record of postdoctoral research, including effective management of projects
Evidence of experience of – or potential for – attracting funding, commensurate with stage of career.
Experience of effectively leading, managing and mentoring teams, including promoting excellence and developing and maintaining high levels of performance
Experience in bacterial foodborne pathogens
A good publication record in peer reviewed journals
Ability to lead and participate in interdisciplinary research
Success in leading research and initiating interdisciplinary collaborations

Interpersonal & Communication Skills

Ability to create, build, strengthen and sustain highly effective relationships with key stakeholders
Ability to communicate effectively and appropriately with all people at all levels both inside and outside the institute.
Strong collaboration skills

Additional Requirements

Promotes equality and values diversity
Willingness to embrace the expected values and behaviours of all staff at the Institute, ensuring it is a great place to work.
Presents a positive image of self and the Institute, enhancing international reputation and promoting public engagement.
Ability to travel nationally and internationally related to collaborations and/or seminars