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Lecturer in Human Nutrition

Requisition ID:  20461

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Open Ended
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  21-Jun-2022


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.


What’s in it for you? Newcastle University is a great place to work, with excellent benefits. We have a generous holiday package; plus the opportunity to buy more, great pension schemes and a number of health and wellbeing initiatives to support you.


Newcastle is an inclusive global University community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.  As a University of Sanctuary, we aim to provide a welcoming place of safety for all, offering opportunities to people fleeing violence and persecution.


Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues 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.


Salary starting: £42,149 - £44,706 with progression to £50,296 per annum


Closing Date: 20 July 2022


The Role


The main purpose of this role is to lead, and to develop further, research and teaching in human nutrition. As part of this role, you will be expected to contribute to curriculum development and to the wider academic, scholarly and professional requirements of the University.


You will undertake research and teaching in nutrition within the Population Health Sciences Institute, the Newcastle University Centre of Research Excellence (NUCoRE) in “Healthier Lives” and the Human Nutrition Research Centre (HNRC).


You will be expected to develop a focussed programme of innovative research that complements existing research in Newcastle. You will develop an effective strategy for attracting research funding from major national research funding bodies (including UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the component Research Councils, NIHR and major charitable foundations) that will enable you to build a vibrant research group. You will be expected to engage with the research agenda of the Biomedical Research Centre.


For more details of the “Healthier Lives” NUCoRE, please visit our website here.

For the Human Nutrition Research Centre, please visit our website here.

For information about research within the Population Health Sciences Institute, please visit here.


The University has developed an Academic Job Summary Guidance document which summarises the range of activities that academic staff may be expected to perform.


This is a full time open ended post. For informal enquiries please contact, or Emma


Key Accountabilities

  • Work independently and, in collaboration, to undertake high quality research including managing research, ensuring the projects are within budget, and meeting milestones and deadlines for project completion
  • Contribute to shaping the research strategy of the HNRC and the “Healthier Lives” NUCoRE, in consultation with appropriate senior colleagues within the Population Health Sciences Institute
  • Demonstrate expertise and academic leadership in supporting and developing academic researchers, collaborators and post graduate students in the Population Health Sciences Institute, HNRC and NUCoRE in “Healthier Lives”, including mentoring and co-ordinating the work of Early Career Researchers and support staff
  • Create and maintain strong collaborative links with other researchers based in the Institute, Faculty, University and external partners working in human nutrition and to develop collaborative links with national and international colleagues working in this area
  • Bid successfully for research funds from prestigious funders. To publish in high impact peer reviewed journals and to present findings/research papers at national and international conferences
  • Lead and contribute to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and assessment in human nutrition and related subject areas; supervise undergraduate and Masters dissertations and postgraduate research students
  • Provide pastoral support for students as a personal tutor and course advisor
  • Participate in the management and administration of degree programmes as required
  • Carry out other management and administrative tasks within the HNRC and “Healthier Lives” NUCoRE and within the Population Health Sciences Institute, the Faculty and the University as required by the Dean


The Person


Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Knowledge of research ethics, good clinical practice and research governance and experience of designing and conducting research with human participants
  • Evidence of ability to carry out research within agreed timelines and budget, meeting project milestones and producing research to an appropriate standard
  • Track record of success in bidding and attracting research funding and demonstrated ability to conduct high quality research that commands international recognition
  • Record of high-quality publications and excellent written and verbal communication skills including presentations to academic/non-academic audiences
  • Evidence of ability, and willingness, to work as part of a team and on own initiative
  • Knowledge, ability, and expertise to teach and supervise projects in Nutrition and other related topics at both undergraduate and postgraduate level


  • Ability to lead and coordinate modules or courses in higher education 
  • Experience of conducting mechanistic research in human nutrition 
  • Record of engagement with national or international research networks or institutions


Attributes and Behaviour

  • Role model of the University values and guiding principles
  • Confident communicator
  • Works in partnership with others and has exceptional interpersonal and collaboration skills
  • Empathetic to the needs of colleagues and of a diverse student body



  • PhD in Nutrition or a related discipline


  • First degree or Masters in nutrition, metabolism, molecular sciences or a related discipline
  • Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) or equivalent qualification for teaching in UK Higher education 
  • Accredited Nutritionist with the Association for Nutrition 


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: 20461