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IFR (Now Quadram Institute Bioscience)

Norwich Research Park, Norwich, Norfolk, NR4 7UA

About us

The Institute of Food Research (Now Quadram Institute Bioscience) based on the Norwich Research Park, is the UK's only publicly-funded institute that is looking at the science that links food and health. Our science is helping us address major challenges of food security, healthy ageing, diet and health and food waste.

Our food and health research programme focuses on understanding what it is in plant-base foods that could help maintain health or prevent disease. We are also looking at how the structure of food interacts with our bodies to deliver health benefits. The Food Databanks team at IFR manage the UK's data on the composition of foods.

IFR has a unique programme of multidisciplinary research that looks at how the gastrointestinal tract, or gut, and the microbial communities that it hosts, function to protect our health.

IFR also has world-leading expertise in food microbiology and food safety. We are investigating some of the most common causes of bacterial foodborne disease, such as Salmonella and Campylobacter to understand how these bacteria survive in the food chain and how they cause illness.

IFR is undertaking research in its Biorefinery Centre into turning plant-based waste from the entire food chain (farm to consumer) into valuable chemicals or a more sustainable source of biofuels. IFR also hosts the National Collection of Yeast Cultures, which as well as being useful to brewers and bakers is an important resource for biorefining research.

We employ about 160 people, complemented by many visiting scientists and postgraduate students each year from all parts of the world, who visit IFR for collaborative research and training.

We have scientists from a range of disciplines working for us, from biologists, chemists and physicists to mathematicians, computational biologists and medical researchers. In addition, we call on the skills of support staff in HR, administration, IT, finance, estates, contracts and more.

IFR offers 3 and 4 year PhD studentships, many of which include opportunities to work with industrial partners, clinicians as well as the other world-leading institutes on the Norwich Research Park.

We host students for work experience on an ad-hoc basis, dependent on finding a suitable research leader who is able to host them. If you are interested in work experience at IFR, please email us for further details and availability.

We also contribute to schemes that offer work experience placements including 'Inside Science' a day workshop for enthusiastic students in years 11-13, The Year 10 Science Camp, and the Nuffield Foundations scheme. Details of these can be found on our website.

For further details about the Institute of Food Research and the opportunities we have to offer, take a look at our website and follow us on icanbea!

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