Research Scientist (Chicken Gut Metagenome)
Post Details
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

Job Description

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.

Key Relationships

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

Person Profile

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

Relevant Experience

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

Additional Requirements

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.

For more information about working at Quadram Institute Bioscience, please click here.


Microbes in the Food Chain

Group Details

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.


Advert Text

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.

Additional information:

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. (