- Job Title
- Research Scientist (Chicken Gut Metagenome)
- Post Number
- Closing Date
- 30 Jun 2019
- Starting Salary
- £31,250 - £38,100
- Hours per week
- Project Title
- Microbial pathogens: from Ecology to Synthetic Biology: part of Microbes in the Food Chain ISP
- Expected/Ideal Start Date
- 01 Sep 2019
- Months Duration
- Interview Date
- 15 Jul 2019
Main Purpose of the Job
Exploit and develop microbial metagenomics, whole-genome sequencing and relevant bioinformatics tools to inform our understanding of the chicken gut microbiome and of the microbial ecology of Escherichia coli.
The successful post holder will use sequence and culture-based approaches to study the chicken gut microbiome, including the collection, storage and handling of relevant isolates and samples. The scientist will supervise microbial whole-genome and metagenome sequencing and perform bioinformatics analysis. This innovative but highly translational research programme will exploit cutting-edge approaches to reveal the rules of life in this ecosystem and lay the foundations for novel ecological interventions with direct benefits to health and wealth, including countering the threat of antimicrobial resistance.
Internal: With the line manager, Professor Mark Pallen, group members and, as necessary, other researchers, research support staff and students within the Microbes in the Food Chain research programme and across the Institute.
External: Collaborators at the University of Surrey and Roslin Institute and elsewhere.
Main Activities & Responsibilities
- Whole-genome sequencing of cultured isolates, genomic epidemiology, metagenomic sequencing of microbial communities from animal samples, microbial ecology of the gut microbiome in animals in sickness and in health
- Preparation of manuscripts, reports and seminars
- Present research findings at project meetings, scientific conferences and outreach/translation events
- Train and supervise group members
- Contribute to laboratory management, group meetings and interactions with collaborators
- Ordering materials as and when necessary
- As agreed with the line manager, any other duties commensurate with the nature of the post
Education & Qualifications
- A PhD (full award or expected within 6 months) in a relevant subject (e.g. Microbiology, Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry)
Specialist Knowledge & Skills
- Basic bioinformatics skills
- Understanding of high-throughput sequencing
- Good publication record in peer-reviewed scientific journals
- Hands-on experience with microbial genome or metagenome sequencing and analysis
- Experience of oral research presentations
- Proven record in scientific writing
- Experience with high-throughput sequencing
- Experience with command-line and cloud-computing environment
Interpersonal & Communication Skills
- Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, including the ability to present complex information with clarity
- Ability to collaborate with internal and external stakeholders
- Highly committed and motivated to succeed
- Excellent time management and organisational skills
- Accurate record keeping
- Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines
- Good interpersonal skills, able to work well as part of a team
- Demonstrated ability to work independently, using initiative and applying problem solving skills
- Ability to follow instructions/standard operating procedures
- Ability to undertake occasional travel (national/international) related to collaborations and/or seminars
- Willingness to undertake any necessary training for the role
- Ability to maintain confidentiality and security of information where appropriate
- 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 the aims of the institute
- Promotes equality and values diversity
- Ability to think creatively, contribute new ideas, troubleshoot
- Willingness to work outside standard working hours when required
Who We Are
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.
Microbes in the Food Chain
Research in the Pallen group focuses on the genomics, metagenomics and ecology of microbes in the food chain and the use of synthetic biology approaches to create smart probiotic strains,. The Quadram Institute and the Pallen group will provide you with a stimulating, multidisciplinary training environment that will assist you in your successful scientific development.
An exciting opportunity for an outstanding candidate is available as we seek to appoint a Research Scientist to join the Quadram Institute on the Norwich Research Park, UK.
The successful candidate will contribute to fundamental cutting-edge research on the chicken gut microbiome and microbial ecology of Escherichia coli. The institute will provide a stimulating, multidisciplinary training environment, where employees are given opportunities to deliver world-class science and develop exceptional careers in science.
This is your chance to become part of the Quadram Institute, a pioneering new interdisciplinary research institute at the interface between food and gut health, developing solutions to worldwide challenges in disease and health.
The ideal candidate:
Candidates are expected to have a PhD in a relevant area (such as Microbiology, Molecular Genetics or Biochemistry). They should also have bioinformatics skills and an understanding of high-throughput sequencing. Hands-on experience with microbial genome or metagenome sequencing and/or analysis is essential.
Salary on appointment will be within the range £31,250 to £38,100 per annum depending on qualifications and experience. This is a full time post for a period of 31 months.
Interviews will be held on 15th July 2019, with an anticipated start date of 2nd September 2019
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 at the forefront of a new era in food and health research. Its mission is to understand how food and the gut microbiota are linked to the promotion of health and the prevention of disease. 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 new state-of-the-art building. The Quadram Institute is based on the Norwich Research Park, one of Europe’s largest centres of life sciences and home of the John Innes Centre and The Earlham Institute. (https://quadram.ac.uk/).