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Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Microbiology

Requisition ID:  14461
Location: 

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Open Ended
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  23-Nov-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 Grade F:  £36,382 - £40,927 per annum

Lecturer Grade G:  £42,149 - £50,296 per annum

Senior Lecturer Grade H: £51,799 - £60,022 per annum

Closing Date: 3 January 2022

 

The Role

 

Newcastle University is a world-class research-intensive university that aims to provide an outstanding educational experience to its students. We are seeking to appoint two Lecturers/Senior Lecturers in the area of bacterial cell biology, ranging from the basic understanding of cell function to antimicrobial therapy and drug resistance, with focus on:
•    Post 1: single-molecule high-resolution microscopy
•    Post 2: interaction of bacterial pathogens with the human host

 

You will be expected to deliver active programmes of research and contribute to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and supervision within the School of Biomedical, Nutritional and Sport Sciences. Depending on the grade that you are appointed to you will take on leadership roles as appropriate, including mentoring of other colleagues, curriculum development and engagement activities.

 

The Biosciences Institute hosts a multi-disciplinary community of researchers who are focussed on the fundamental biology of life to obtain mechanistic understanding of human diseases and improve human health. Our microbiology research covers a wide range of topics from the fundamental cell biology of bacteria (Molecular and Cellular Microbiology) within the Centre for Bacterial Cell Biology; to microbial-host interactions in infectious diseases and human health (Microbes in Health and Disease).  The University has developed an Academic Job Summary Guidance document which summarises the range of activities that academic staff may be expected to perform.

 

The Biosciences Institute is committed to supporting equality and diversity for all staff and students.  Applications for part time/flexible working and/or job share will be considered; please state your desired working arrangements in your application.
 
These are full time, open ended posts.

 

Informal enquiries may be made to:
•    Post 1: Prof Waldemar Vollmer, Professor of Bacterial Biochemistry (waldemar.vollmer@ncl.ac.uk , tel: +44(0)191 208 3216
•    Post 2: Prof Tracy Palmer, Professor of Microbiology (tracy.palmer@ncl.ac.uk , tel: +44 (0)191 208 3219)


Key Accountabilities

 

  • To carry out laboratory-based research in an area of bacteriology, both independently and within research teams, including applying and developing innovative technologies, where appropriate
  • To consistently publish microbiology research in peer-reviewed publications at a 3* level, with significant contribution at the 4* level
  • To disseminate research findings through national and international conferences and other avenues
  • To attract funding for research from a range of peer reviewed external sources
  • To contribute towards the development and running of cutting-edge research projects
  • Contribute to the strategic development and implementation of microbiology research in the Institute and Faculty
  • To lead and contribute to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and assessment; supervise undergraduate and master’s dissertations and postgraduate research students in microbiology and related areas, providing pastoral support and guidance when needed
  • Develop and sustain an independent research group that operates with a collaborative team-science ethic and in which all team members are recognised and rewarded for their contributions and are provided the opportunity for career advancement
  • Promote a research culture that encourages and celebrates a rich diversity in its workforce and that upholds the highest standards for its research integrity, data reproducibility and collaborative spirit
  • To undertake other duties as deemed necessary, including participation in relevant Institute, Faculty and University committees and activities as detailed by the Institute Dean

 

Lecturer Level Appointment

 

The Person (Essential)
Knowledge, Skills and Experience 

 

  • Strong background in bacterial cell biology and/or biophysics (post 1)
  • Expert knowledge in the use of single molecule high resolution microscopy techniques to study processes in bacteria (post 1)
  • Strong background in host-pathogen interactions (post 2)
  • Expert knowledge of antimicrobial resistance during infection (post 2)
  • Knowledge in the mode of action of antimicrobial drugs and the mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance
  • Experience of presenting findings at national and international conferences
  • A demonstrated ability to undertake independent research and to work as part of a multidisciplinary research team to successfully deliver research projects
  • Knowledge of the processes of conduct and dissemination of scientific research, including understanding of how to make research open, reproducible, robust, and ethical, according to protocols and principles of Good Research Practice
  • Evidence of carrying out research within agreed timelines, meeting project milestones and producing research to an appropriate standard
  • Significant experience in preparing research proposals for submission to competitive funding organisations (e.g., research councils, charities) as PI and/or in collaboration with others (as co-investigator) or with the potential to do so
  • A proven track record in conducting and publishing high-quality research in peer reviewed internationally recognised journals as appropriate to career level
  • Experience of the successful leadership, management, supervision and mentoring of more junior colleagues and postgraduate research students or the potential to provide leadership and mentoring
  • Experience in the supervision of under-, and/or post-graduate dissertation student projects
  • Experience of teaching microbiology, biochemistry and/or biophysics at under-, and/or post-graduate level

 

Attributes and Behaviour

 

  • Role model of the University values and guiding principles
  • Committed and enthusiastic
  • Ability to work well on own initiative and as part of a team
  • Ability to prioritise key tasks
  • Is ambitious but works in partnership with others and has exceptional interpersonal and collaboration skills
  • Excellent organisational and communication skills
  • Promotes a culture of mutual respect
  • Empathetic to the needs of colleagues and a diverse student body.

 

Qualifications

 

  • PhD in microbiology, biochemistry or biophysics or equivalent research-based expertise (essential, post 1)
  • PhD in microbiology or a related discipline or equivalent research-based expertise (essential, post 2)
  • Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) or equivalent qualification for teaching in UK Higher Education (Desirable)

 

Senior Lecturer Level Appointment

 

The Person (Essential)
Knowledge, Skills and Experience 

 

  • Strong background in bacterial cell biology and/or biophysics (post 1)
  • Expert knowledge in the use of single molecule high resolution microscopy techniques to study processes in bacteria (post 1)
  • Strong background in host-pathogen interactions (post 2)
  • Expert knowledge of antimicrobial resistance during infection (post 2)
  • Knowledge in the mode of action of antimicrobial drugs and the mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance
  • Experience of presenting findings at national and international conferences
  • A demonstrated ability to undertake independent research and to work as part of a multidisciplinary research team to successfully deliver research projects
  • Knowledge of the processes of conduct and dissemination of scientific research, including understanding of how to make research open, reproducible, robust and ethical, according to protocols and principles of Good Research Practice
  • Evidence of carrying out research within agreed timelines, meeting project milestones and producing research to an appropriate standard
  • Evidence of standing at national/international level and recognition in the discipline
  • Significant experience in preparing research proposals for submission to competitive funding organisations (e.g., research councils, charities) as PI and/or in collaboration with others (as co-investigator)
  • A proven track record in conducting and publishing high-quality research in peer reviewed internationally recognised journals
  • Experience of the successful leadership, management, supervision and mentoring of more junior colleagues and postgraduate research students
  • Experience in the supervision of under-, and/or post-graduate dissertation students
  • Knowledge, ability, and expertise to lead and contribute to the delivery of undergraduate and post graduate teaching within the Institute and Faculty
  • Experience of designing, co-ordinating and leading modules, or courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level

 

Attributes and Behaviour

 

  • Role model of the University values and guiding principles
  • Committed and enthusiastic
  • Ability to work well on own initiative and as part of a team
  • Ability to prioritise key tasks
  • Is ambitious but works in partnership with others and has exceptional interpersonal and collaboration skills
  • Excellent organisational and communication skills
  • Promotes a culture of mutual respect
  • Empathetic to the needs of colleagues and a diverse student body.

 

Qualifications

 

  • PhD in microbiology, biochemistry or biophysics or equivalent research-based expertise (essential, post 1)
  • PhD in microbiology or a related discipline or equivalent research-based expertise (essential, post 2)
  • Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) or equivalent qualification for teaching in UK Higher Education (Desirable)

 

 

 

 

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.

 

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.

 

We understand how important the full employment package is to our colleagues at Newcastle University and we are committed to providing a great range of benefits and discounts for all.  You can learn more about what is available here on our Benefits Website page.

 

Requisition ID: 14461