Research Scientist
Post Details
Job Title
Research Scientist
Post Number
1003672
Closing Date
29 Jul 2019
Grade
SC6
Starting Salary
£31,625 - £38,575
Hours per week
37
Project Title
Understanding the importance and survival of Listeria in the food chain
Expected/Ideal Start Date
02 Sep 2019
Months Duration
36

Job Description

Main Purpose of the Job

Join an interdisciplinary team of scientists engaged in the investigation of the molecular basis of Listeria monocytogenes survival in the food chain. The aim is to study the functional genomics and transcriptional response of Listeria to stress associated with the food chain and the environment. Cutting edge functional genomic technology and RNA-seq approaches will be used to identify signatures of hazard and risk to food safety that will lead to the development of diagnostics and interventions aimed at mitigating the pathogen from food. You will work closely with bioinformaticians and molecular biologists to deliver multidisciplinary science, that also offers an exciting opportunity for training and career development.

Key Relationships

The successful candidate will be line-managed by Professor Rob Kingsley but will also work under the supervision of Professor Bart Weimer, several postdoctoral, graduate and research assistant scientists with expertise in molecular microbiology, bioinformatics and models of infection are also key to the success of the candidate. Beyond the Kingsley research group the post holder will interact with many scientists within the Microbes in the Food Chain Institute Strategic Programme and bioinformaticians and computer scientists in the core informatics group led by Dr Andrew Page.

Main Activities & Responsibilities

Percentage
Molecular Microbiology experimentation and data generation
35
Bioinformatics / data analysis
30
Prepare results, reports and manuscripts for publication in leading scientific journals and other relevant media
10
Contribute to the smooth running of the group, including the effective use of resources, supervision of visitors to the laboratory and assisting with training others, encouraging scientific excellence
10
Continually strive for excellence, seeking out and acting on feedback and relevant learning and development opportunities
5
Ensure research and record keeping is carried out in accordance with good practice, Scientific Integrity and in compliance with local policies and any legal requirements
5
As agreed with line manager, any other duties commensurate with the nature of the role
5

Person Profile

Education & Qualifications

Requirement
Importance
PhD in Molecular Microbiology or related discipline
Essential

Specialist Knowledge & Skills

Requirement
Importance
Microbiology expertise
Essential
Molecular microbiology skills
Essential
Good understanding of Listeria biology and genetics
Desirable
Bioinformatics skills and expertise
Desirable

Relevant Experience

Requirement
Importance
Evidence of an excellent publication record commensurate with level of experience
Essential
Demonstrated ability to perform research and develop novel ideas
Essential
Ability to rapidly attain new technical skills and understanding of new technical concepts
Essential

Interpersonal & Communication Skills

Requirement
Importance
Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
Essential
Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to work well as part of a team
Essential
Excellent time management and organisational skills
Essential
Demonstrated ability to work independently, using initiative and applying problem solving skills
Essential

Additional Requirements

Requirement
Importance
Attention to detail
Essential
Promotes equality and values diversity
Essential
Willingness to work outside standard working hours when required
Essential
Willingness to embrace the values of the Institute, ensuring it is a great place to work
Essential

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.

Department

Microbes in the Food Chain

Group Details

QIB provides a vibrant and stimulating setting composed of multiple research teams working on microbial genomics, molecular epidemiology, microbial communities and food science. We offer the chance to work with world leading, cutting edge technologies both in molecular and computational biology and give you the opportunity to broaden your skills using open source technologies within a bioinformatics context. You will gain experience of working with Big Data and have the opportunity to publish excellent science in leading peer-reviewed journals.

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Applications are invited for an enthusiastic and motivated Research Scientist with Molecular Microbiology expertise to join the Quadram Institute Bioscience (QIB), in Norwich, UK.

The role:

The successful applicant will work within an interdisciplinary team of scientists engaged in the investigation of the molecular basis of Listeria monocytogenes survival and metabolism. The aim is to study the functional genomics and transcriptional response of Listeria to environmental stress that enables persistence. Population genomics, functional genomics, and gene expression approaches will be used to identify genomics signatures that lead to persistence and increased risk to assist in the development of diagnostics and interventions aimed at eradicating the pathogen from food and the environment.

You will work closely with bioinformaticians and molecular biologists to deliver multidisciplinary science. This role is an exciting opportunity for training and career development.

QIB provides a vibrant and stimulating setting composed of multiple research teams working on microbial genomics, molecular epidemiology, microbial communities and food science. We offer the chance to work with world leading, cutting edge technologies both in Molecular and computational biology and give you the opportunity to broaden your skills using open source technologies within a bioinformatics context. You will gain experience of working with Big Data and have the opportunity to publish excellent science in leading peer-reviewed journals.

The ideal candidate:

The ideal candidate will have a strong background in molecular microbiology – genetics and genomics, with a PhD in the subject, or related discipline. Experience of Listeria genetics or bioinformatics is highly desirable. You will also have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, as engagement with scientists in related projects throughout the Institute and beyond is an important feature of the role.

Additional information:

Salary on appointment will be within the range £31,625 to £38,575 per annum depending on qualifications and experience. This is a fulltime post for a period of 3 years.

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.