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Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Machine Intelligence for Bioinformatics

Requisition ID:  8973

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Open Ended
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  14-Jul-2021


We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.


Salary: Lecturer: £35,845- £49,553 per annum

            Senior Lecturer: £51,034 - £64,959 per annum

Closing Date: 25 August 2021


The Role 


We welcome applications from highly talented and motivated researchers and educators to join the Interdisciplinary Computing and Complex Biosystems (ICOS) research group at the School of Computing. The School of Computing was recognised in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework as one of the UK’s top 10 units for research, and top for research impact in computing. Our research directly inspires our teaching in postgraduate degrees, professional courses for industry, and a software focussed undergraduate programme that delivers exceptionally strong outcomes for our students. The School is a lively, friendly community with research, innovation and teaching strengths across the spectrum of computing, including secure and resilient systems, data science and artificial intelligence, model-based and formal methods, bioinformatics, computational biology, neuroinformatics, synthetic biology, distributed systems, human computer interaction and educational practice in computing. The School is located in the Urban Sciences Building, completed in 2017 to provide state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities at the heart of the rapidly developing £350m Newcastle Helix site, an innovation hub actively delivering research to market. 

The successful candidate will become a member of our world leading Interdisciplinary Computing and Complex BioSystems (ICOS) research group (https://ico2s.org). This provides an opportunity for research guidance and collaboration with world renowned, highly cited, scientists in this core interdisciplinary field spanning biology and computing. ICOS provides support in expectation that the successful candidate will publish their work in the highest quality journals, secure their own funding, and forge industry and academic collaborations nationally and internationally. In addition, there is also an expectation of delivering courses on ICOS’s innovative postgraduate and undergraduate programmes, including our MSc research led teaching in computational and laboratory approaches to nano-bio engineering in synthetic biology as well as helping with the ICOS research group wider activities.


This position is available on a full time, open-ended basis and available immediately.  To apply, please complete an online application and upload a plain text copy of your CV and covering letter only. In your covering letter, you should evidence how you meet or exceed the essential and desirable requirements for the role. Please note, any other ‘Additional Document’ you upload may not be received by the reviewing panel.


For informal enquiries please contact ICOS directors Prof. Natalio Krasnogor (Natalio.krasnogor@newcastle.ac.uk) and Prof. Anil Wipat (Anil.Wipat@newcastle.ac.uk) or the Deputy Head of School Dr Graham Morgan (graham.morgan@ncl.ac.uk).    


For more information about the School of Computing and our research, please click here. 

For more information on our State-of-the-art Urban Science Building, please click here.


Key Accountabilites    


  • Undertaking independent original research in the application of machine learning to the automation of nanotechnology, biotechnology and bioinformatics workflows
  • Writing research papers. 
  • Leading research funding bids individually and as part of a team
  • Developing and supporting teaching activities in the School of Computing
  • Developing and delivering excellent student guidance and pastoral care
  • Promoting computing science through impact and engagement activities


Essential for Senior Lecturer

  • Guiding and promoting the careers of colleagues
  • Contributing to the organisation and management of the wider ICOS research group activities (e.g. organising workshops or coordinating backoffice group logistics, etc)


The Person (Essential)

We expect candidates to demonstrate an ability to pursue an independent teaching and research career which would include evidence of the following:

  • Developing effective teaching and learning materials
  • Teaching and assessment at university level
  • Academic guidance and pastoral care of students
  • Published research in well regarded journals and conferences


Senior Lecturer:

  • Track record of securing research funding
  • Leadership of academic colleagues


Knowledge, Skills and Experience 


  • Deep knowledge of Machine Intelligence (e.g. deep learning, Bayesian learning, evolutionary learning, reinforcement learning, etc)
  • Highly skilled in at least one of bioinformatics or biotechnology
  • Experience using Machine Intelligence in cross-disciplinary domains such as biotechnology or bioinformatics.



  • Experience of engaging industry in developing taught courses and establishing research collaborations
  • Experience establishing sophisticated data processing pipelines to feed machine learning models and then close the loop and apply the ML predictions to generate ever better data.
  • Experience using Machine Intelligence in cross-disciplinary domains such as nanotechnology.


Essential for Senior Lecturer

  • Demonstrable experience securing independent funding
  • Experience of contributing to open-source software


Attributes and Behaviour


  • Thirst for knowledge, curious and open to learning new skills
  • Effective time management that balances research and teaching demands
  • Passionate about promoting equality, inclusion and diversity
  • Passionate about promoting a positive experience for all students
  • Committed to team-work



  • Willingness to engage and further international teaching and research collaborations




  • PhD awarded in Computer Science, Engineering, Math or Physics


Essential for Senior Lecturer

  • A relevant teaching qualification or experience equivalent to that required for FHEA



  • Membership of learned societies and academies


Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains staff from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.


The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.


Requisition ID: 8973