Project Support Assistant

Applications are invited for two Project Support Assistants to join the Gut Microbes and Health (GMH) Programme at Quadram Institute Bioscience (QIB), based on the Norwich Research Park in Norwich, UK.


To understand what makes a healthy microbiome, The Gut Microbes and Health Programme is studying how the gut is initially colonised by microbes in the first months and years of life, and how this contributes to lifelong health. Our aims are to understand in what ways the gut microbiota help us maintain a healthy state, and the changes that occur that lead to disease.

The Project Support Assistants will be based within the PEARL/MOTION team, responsible for delivering the PEARL and MOTION longitudinal studies within the GMH research programme:

The PEARL (Pregnancy & Early Life) study is investigating how the transmission of beneficial microbes from mother to baby affects infant health.

The MOTION study is investigating gut microbes and the role they may play in healthy ageing and in particular, declining mental health and the risk of developing dementia.

The role:

The post holder will be responsible for assisting in project administrative duties such as data collection, sharing and filing, and database management. They will also work directly with members of the NHS-Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, and participants in the PEARL and MOTION studies by answering queries, assisting with recruitment and after full training, to deliver study visit appointments with the participants.

In this role, you will have the opportunity to develop your skills in project management, team working and delivery of human studies. You will support world leading scientists who are experts in their field.

While the role will mainly be administrative, if the successful candidate wishes to have experience in the laboratory, this could also be discussed but is not a prerequisite.

The ideal candidate:

The ideal candidate will have:

• Skills in data collection and processing
• Excellent communication skills
• Exceptional time management and organisational skills

Additional information:

Salary on appointment will be within the range £19,700 to £24,028 per annum depending on qualifications and experience. This is a full time post until 30th November 2022.

For further information and details of how to apply, please visit our web site or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450462 or quoting reference 1004186

Please note, this post does not meet UKVI requirements to provide Skilled Worker visa sponsorship.

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 dedicated to understanding how food and microbes interact to promote health and prevent disease. Its mission is to deliver healthier lives through innovation in gut health, microbiology and food. 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 state-of-the-art building on the Norwich Research Park. This is one of Europe’s largest centres of life sciences and home of the John Innes Centre and The Earlham Institute. (

The closing date for applications will be 9th February 2022

The Quadram Institute Bioscience is a registered charity (No. 1058499) and is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

Application Instructions: 

For further information and details of how to apply, please visit our web site or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450462 or quoting reference 1004186

Application Closing Date: 
9 February 2022