The Quadram Institute is creates new interfaces between food science, gut biology, human health and disease, capitalising on the world-class bioscience cluster based at the Norwich Research Park. Scientists and clinicians work closely with major
national and international funding bodies and charities, collaborators and investors to ensure translation of our fundamental science to benefit patients, consumers and wider society.
Our vision is to understand how food and microbes interact to promote health & prevent disease. We use this knowledge to develop evidence-based strategies to maximise positive impacts of food on health, from early life to the extension of a healthy lifespan in old age, and reduce the economic and societal costs of chronic diseases. We're an interdisciplinary institute maximising the unique cluster of academic excellence and clinical expertise at the Norwich Research Park, working alongside the food and pharmaceutical industries.
The Quadram Institute is at the forefront of food and health research, and will provide you with a stimulating and rewarding environment to work in and progress your career. As part of the Norwich Research Park, working in the Quadram institute means you will be part of a community of over 3000 life scientists. As well as being an international centre for scientific expertise, Norwich is one of the UK's safest and most pleasant cities with an excellent quality of life
Our research programme covers these main areas, where we are looking to answer major fundamental questions:
- Food Innovation and Health – How can we improve the quality of food to help to keep us healthy throughout our life
- Gut Microbes and Health – What is a healthy gut, and how does the community of trillions of microbes known as the microbiome contribute to this?
- Microbes in the food chain – How can we reduce microbial pathogens in the food chain, and prevent the emergence of antimicrobial resistance?
- Food, microbes and public health – How do we translate our research on food, gut microbes and human biology to enhance the overall health of the population, throughout life.
Our science is highly interdisciplinary, including biologists, chemists and physicists, mathematicians, computational biologists and medical researchers. Clinicians and nursing staff, employed by the NHS, run the endoscopy unit. In addition, we call on the skills of support staff in HR, administration, IT, finance, estates, contracts and more. With over 11,000 people including 3,000 scientists and clinicians and an annual research spend of over £100 million, the Norwich Research Park is Europe’s leading centre for research in Food, Health and the Environment.
We are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion. As part of that commitment we have signed up to the Athena Swan Charter and we were awarded Athena Swan Bronze status in March 2022.
Whatever your role in science, scientific support, or professional support, we aim to provide ongoing opportunities for you to develop new skills, refresh skills relevant to your role, and continue your professional and personal development.
In addition to work-related events, various groups such as the Quadram Postdoc Society, Quadram Student Forum and NBI LGBTQ+ group organise a range of social events. Quadram staff can also access a range of social and sports facilities.
The Quadram Institute benefits from being located on the edge of Norwich, combining a pleasant location set in 230 hectares of parkland with proximity to Norwich, a vibrant university city that mixes the past and future to make an inspiring place to live & work.
Our values are central to everything we do:
Within the Quadram Institute, we aim to provide a stimulating and rewarding environment to work in. As well as providing access to state-of-the-art facilities in a stunning building at the heart of the Norwich Research Park, we are committed to providing
training and career development support to ensure that everyone realises their full potential.
Through this we sustain a vibrant, creative and inclusive community that underpins the excellence in scientific and clinical research that the institute as a whole delivers. For current vacancies, please visit the vacancies page on our website. For nursing vacancies within the gastroenterology department please visit the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals website. For information on PhD studentships, please visit our website's PhD and Postgraduate Opportunities page.
Studentships and training
Training the food and health scientists of the future is an important part of our mission. PhD students are hosted in research groups by world leaders in their field, benefiting from easy access to the student life at the University of East Anglia. QI is a partner in the Norwich Biosciences Doctoral Training Partnership Programme, which brings together the resources of the world-class research institutions on the Norwich Research Park. We are also a specialised international training centre for EU PhD students and postdoctoral scientists. We also host internships, placements and undergraduate students looking for work experience, as well as providing a number of opportunities for schools and school students. Find out more.