Principal Investigators in Microbiome Research

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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
Principal Investigators in Microbiome Research
Post Number
Closing Date
30 Nov 2018
Starting Salary
By Negotiation
Hours per week
Expected/Ideal Start Date
01 Jan 2019
Months Duration

Main Purpose of the Job

Key role within the Quadram Institute with primary responsibility for contributing to and delivering the Institute’s Strategic Programmes.

Working collaboratively with colleagues and stakeholders, Principal Investigators and Fellows will develop and deliver innovative research strategies and programmes focussed on developing solutions to worldwide challenges in human health, food and disease.



Advert Text

The Quadram Institute is an interdisciplinary research institute at the forefront of a new era in food, microbiome and health research. It brings together clinical and non-clinical scientists in a new £75m, state-of-the-art building due for occupation later this year. Based on the Norwich Research Park, home of the John Innes Centre, The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, The Earlham Institute and the University of East Anglia, it is one of the largest centres of life sciences in Europe.

We have a number of Principal Investigator roles within the Quadram Institute’s Gut Microbes and Health research programme to deliver scientific excellence and social and economic impact in microbiome research. We welcome applications from individuals undertaking exciting and innovative microbiome research that will enhance and build on ongoing projects aimed at defining the intercommunication and crosstalk between gut microbes and their host, and how these are first established in early life and are altered in later life, and in diseases affecting the gut and other organ systems. We would particularly welcome those with a focus on the mycobiome, and microbe-host interactions and their impact on organ systems beyond the gut including the brain.

Senior Principal Investigators, as Research Leaders, will have experience of leading and developing a successful research programme and research teams. They will be able to demonstrate an impressive publication record and have experience of achieving research funding. Early career Principal Investigators will have an excellent postdoctoral track record with the potential to develop and lead a high quality research programme.

Positions come with significant research support and administrative support. Tenure is available for senior appointees. We offer an exciting and innovative research environment, competitive salaries (depending on qualifications and experience) and a great place to live – relocation packages are available.

Key Relationships

Internal: All employees working at QI, including QIB, UEA and NHS colleagues, NBI Partnership.
External: RCUK, BBSRC, NRP, other scientific institutions and educational bodies, general public.

Main Activities & Responsibilities

Contribute to the development of research strategies in the Institute
Initiate the development of research proposals and projects as self-contained items or as part of a broader programme
Design and implement innovative research methodologies that add to the knowledge and understanding of the discipline
Lead and manage independent research projects and supervise the work of extended research teams
Secure significant research funding in accordance with the expectations of the discipline and level of the role
Lead and manage research teams including supervising postdoctoral students, supporting effective career development and maintaining high levels of performance representative of a world class institute
Take the lead in writing papers for publication in leading academic journals and other relevant media, including being available to provide expert commentary in a variety of media
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 as identified by the ISP Leader

Education & Qualifications

A strong first/senior author publication record in peer reviewed journals
Ph.D relevant to gut and the microbiome

Specialist Knowledge & Skills

Knowledge and skills relating to one of our four key research themes of gut and the microbiome, healthy ageing, food innovation and food safety

Relevant Experience

Established record of independent research, including a history of obtaining significant research funding and effective management of projects
Experience of effectively leading, managing and mentoring research teams, including promoting excellence
Ability to lead and participate in interdisciplinary research
Success in leading research and initiating interdisciplinary collaborations

Interpersonal & Communication Skills

Strong collaboration skills, including the ability to develop productive interactions with researchers within and outside the institute including at other national and international centres.
Ability to communicate effectively and appropriately with all people at all levels both inside and outside the institute
Ability to create, build, strengthen and sustain highly effective relationships with key stakeholders

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
Able to present a positive image of self and the Institute, promoting both international reputation and public engagement aims of the Institute
Ability to travel nationally and internationally related to collaborations and/or seminars
Attention to detail