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Marie Sklodowska Curie ESR

Requisition ID:  5397

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  10-Nov-2020


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:  £30,942 - £33,430.78 per annum

Mobility Allowance - £5,061.48 per annum


Closing Date: 10 February 2021

The Role


The European Training Network on DIRNANO offers 1 position for an Early-Stage Researcher (ESR) in Professor Moghimi’s group at the School of Pharmacy, Newcastle University, United Kingdom. This scheme aims to train a new generation of creative, entrepreneurial and innovative ESRs. The project is consortium based with a number of partners across Europe. You will be employed at Newcastle University, and will also be enrolled onto a PhD in  the Faculty of Medical Sciences. As part of the training programme, you will require to travel and spend secondments at partner laboratories (University of Padua, Italy) and STABVIDA (Lisbon, Portugal). 


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Only candidates complying with the Early Stage Researcher requirements (less than 4 years’ research experience after Undergraduate/Masters graduation) and mobility (less than 12 months spent in the UK within the last three years immediately before appointment) are eligible in order to comply with the funding body requirements. 


The appointment will be from 1st April 2021 (or as soon as possible thereafter) for a period of 3 years.


For informal enquiries please contact: seyed.moghimi@ncl.ac.uk


European Training Network: https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/jobs/

Prof Moghimi’s research group: https://www.ncl.ac.uk/


For further information about the post please see: https://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding/sources/ukeustudents/tc017.html


Key Accountabilities



  • Carry out research in design, engineering optimisation and characterisation of drug carriers that overcome complement activation and pro-inflammatory responses in macrophages (Nature Nanotechnology 2017, 12:387; Nature Nanotechnology 2017, 12:589; Nature Nanotechnology 2019, 14:260)
  • To detect and quantify resulting immune activities like production of pro-inflammatory cytokines and complement activation products
  • To analyse how and to what extent NP are internalised by phagocytic immune cells
  • Planning and managing one’s research activity in consultation with PhD supervisors
  • You will be required to obtain a PhD whilst in the role
  • To attend and contribute towards relevant meetings
  • Assess research findings for the need/scope for further investigations
  • Contribute to the writing up of their research and its dissemination, either through seminar and conference presentations or through publications


The Person 

Knowledge, Skills and Experience 


  • Fluent in written and spoken English
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Good knowledge of innate immunity (particularly of the complement system), immunochemistry and nanomedicine is advantageous
  • Prior experience in immunological techniques is advantageous
  • Using and developing new research techniques and methods
  • Excellent time management and organisational skills
  • Demonstrated track record in experimental techniques relevant for the post
  • Ability to meet deadlines and produce formal reports 


Attributes and Behaviour


  • Proactive, problem-solving attitude
  • Ability to work well as part of a team and rapidly acquire new skills
  • Effective communications skills
  • Ability to perform outreach activities
  • Interest in innovation & applications of science



  • A Master’s level (or equivalent) qualification in a biomedical, immunology, pharmacy, pharmaceutical sciences or a closely related subject, but with strong background in innate immunology, will be in the first four years of their research careers and not have a doctoral degree



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: 5397