Group Leader (Listeria - Microbes in the Food Chain)
Post Details
Job Title
Group Leader (Listeria - Microbes in the Food Chain)
Post Number
Closing Date
4 Nov 2019
Starting Salary
Competitive salary
Hours per week
Months Duration

Job Description

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.

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.

Person Profile

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
Attention to detail

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.

The Quadram Institute is a diverse and multicultural scientific community. We thrive on our international and European links, appointing staff from across the world. We expect this to continue post Brexit. However, any candidate who would like further information on current or anticipated immigration requirements can contact the HR Team on +44 (0)1603 450888 or

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


Microbes in the Food Chain


Advert Text

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 Group 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 (find out more here), 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 our scientists with partners in QI, the University of East Anglia and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. We work closely with other partners on the Norwich Research Park, including the John Innes Centre and the Earlham Institute.

We are now looking to bring in a forward thinking 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.