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Lecturer in Sustainable Biotechnology

Requisition ID:  4804

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Open Ended
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date: 


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: £35,845.00 - £55,750.00 

Closing Date: 24 July 2020


The role


The School of Natural and Environmental Science (SNES) will appoint a Lecturer in Sustainable Biotechnology to conduct research and research-led teaching. The appointee will also support the development of a Sustainable Biotechnology Research Ecosystem comprising industrial and academic partners. 


This post will strengthen and extend an important strategic relationship with a major industrial partner whose success in developing solutions to globally important societal challenges relies on biotechnological innovation. An important aspect of this post is to coordinate the research and teaching aspects of this relationship to mutual benefit. Applicants should have expertise in biotechnology and related areas and a record of accomplishment in harnessing bio-resources for diverse applications. 


SNES is a highly interdisciplinary research environment and we especially value the ability to embrace this to develop enabling technology, innovative research and exciting teaching content. You will be expected to promote the School and University at both national and international levels as a centre of excellence for research and teaching and contribute to specific academic administrative roles as defined by senior management. 


For further information about the role or for informal enquiries, please contact Professor Robert Edwards, Robert.Edwards@newcastle.ac.uk 
For further information about the School of Natural and Environmental Science, please click here.


Key Accountabilities

  • To support the development of a Sustainable Biotechnology Research Ecosystem focused on but not restricted to, the North East of England. The ecosystem will bring together a critical mass of PhDs, post docs, group leaders and industry partners.
  • To supervise individual postgraduate students and support the coordination (research synergies and training) of a wider network of students within the ecosystem.
  • To exploit the multidisciplinary research expertise of SNES to drive innovation in sustainable biotechnology.
  • To contribute to an internationally visible research profile that delivers impact in the area of sustainable biotechnology.
  • To deliver high quality undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in sustainable biotechnology and related areas as directed by the Head of School.
  • To complete and pass the teaching and learning University training programme (NEPS) or to have an equivalent qualification.
  • To conduct and publish high quality research in peer reviewed journals.
  • To be a member of relevant academic and teaching groups, supporting collective activity in teaching and research. 
  • To represent the School and University at national and international meetings and conferences  to disseminate research and/or scholarship outputs.
  • To participate in the management and administration of relevant modules within the School and contribute to the development of new initiatives in these areas.
  • To provide mentoring, academic guidance and pastoral support to students in support of their learning experience.
  • To act in a collegiate manner, making a positive contribution to maintaining and enhancing a working environment that upholds equality, diversity and inclusivity.


Knowledge, Skills and Experience 

The Person (Essential)


  • Excellent interpersonal, management skills and be able to communicate effectively and exchange knowledge to develop research networks across disciplines and sectors.
  • Experience of working collaboratively with industrial partners and the scientific vision to develop innovative research programmes.
  • An ability to develop and integrate advanced technology platforms that harness bio-molecular resources for sustainable solutions to challenges relevant to industry and society.
  • Knowledge of the funding landscape and experience applying for grants with industry partners.
  • Research and teaching experience relevant to sustainable biotechnology and the ability to develop exciting teaching content.
  • A track record of published research in biotechnology and interdisciplinary subject areas.
  • The ability to inspire research collaborators and students and promote SNES’ strengths in interdisciplinary biotechnology.
  • Experience of presenting at national and international conferences and meetings.


The Person (Desirable)

  • Research interests in industrial enzymes, molecular probes, polysaccharides, biofilms, and high-throughput screening technologies including microarrays.
  • Experience of supervising staff and postgraduate students to successful completion.
  • Experience of lecturing, running seminars and a range of other innovative teaching techniques, assessment and supervising research projects.
  • Experience of providing mentoring, academic guidance and pastoral support to students.
  • Good networking skills and the ability to develop productive links with fellow professionals from other organisations and agencies with whom the University interacts.
  • Willingness to contribute to ongoing outreach activities that may include visits, public lectures and contributions to events and summer schools.


Attributes and Behaviour

  • Ability to meet the University's standard for the Research Excellence Framework.
  • Ability to communicate complex oral and written information clearly.
  • Ability to work as part of a team and on their own initiative.
  • Ability and willingness to work in interdisciplinary environments.
  • Ability to engage with and respond enthusiastically and positively to students. 
  • Ability to engage counselling skills and pastoral care where appropriate.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and constructively with both academic colleagues and support staff. 
  • Commitment to maintain and support a diverse and inclusive environment, where colleagues and students are treated fairly and with respect.



  • PhD in biology, biotechnology or relevant field.



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.


Requisition ID: 4804


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.