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NUACT: Biotechnology in the Built Environment

Requisition ID:  1390

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Posted Date: 

Developing a new generation of creativity, excellence and diversity


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: £40,792.00 - £48,676.00 

Closing Date: 31 January 2020


Please click here to download the candidate briefing pack for full details on how to apply for this vacancy


Please note we will only consider applications which have attached all the supporting documents listed on page 10 of the candidate briefing pack


The NUAcT Fellowship Scheme
NUAcT offers five-year, well-resourced Fellowships which can lead to faculty appointments and we are recruiting 100 new Fellows over the next five years.


Through the NUAcT fellowship scheme, we are looking to recruit a diverse cohort of investigators with the talent and motivation to become future research and academic leaders in their field. As a Fellow at Newcastle University, you will develop your career in an exciting working environment, be provided with a high level of dedicated time for research, have the freedom to develop your research interests and have access to our cutting-edge facilities. We are an anchor institution in a vibrant city and work closely with external partners, conducting research that benefits our region, our country and the world. Our international research is facilitated by having physical bases in four locations (Newcastle, London, Singapore and Malaysia).


NUAcT: Buitechnology in the Built Environment

The Hub for Biotechnology in the Built Environment (HBBE) is an exciting new collaboration between Newcastle University and Northumbria University and will involve the recruitment of 35 new staff, including Architectural Designers, Bio Scientists and Engineers and developing three new facilities including two new Bio Design Labs and a unique Experimental ‘Living’ House, we call ‘The OME’. The Hub includes 14 industrial partners including IBM, P&G, RIBA and Arup.


Our vision is to develop biotechnologies to create a new generation of Living Buildings which are responsive to their natural environment; grown using living engineered materials to reduce inefficient industrial construction processes; metabolise their own waste, reducing pollution, generate energy and high-value products and modulate their microbiome to benefit human health and wellbeing.


We are launching a global search for candidates for a range of positions across the Hub who are academically excellent, creative, with a pioneering and collaborative spirit. We are looking for people who will not only help us build the Hub but establish a new field of research.


To this end we are recruiting Newcastle University Academic Track (NUAcT) fellows across a number of different schools including, but not limited to The School of Natural and Environmental Science and The School of Engineering.


Who can apply?
We seek applicants who have the potential to develop into independent research investigators. You must have a relevant PhD (or equivalent) and postdoctoral experience, a track record of high quality research, and be aspiring to apply for externally funded fellowships or other major research grant awards. You will also have experience or demonstrable interest in research in an international context relevant to the Hub for Biotechnology in the Built Environment. You will demonstrate an open, collaborative and creative attitude and an ability to contribute to the vibrant culture of the HBBE.


In this round we will appoint two Fellows with a background relevant to the main themes of the hub, notably:

  • Microbial Environments: Understanding and modifying the microbiome of indoor environments through design of ventilation systems, and the design of materials and surfaces and human interactions with them
  • Living Construction: The use of engineered living materials to create new building materials and building processes
  • Building Metabolisms: Developing building systems which metabolise waste or capture energy using cell based processes to generate power and make useful products


We are looking to build an interdisciplinary team and welcome applications from any discipline which fits with the Hub aims. However, we especially encourage applications from:

  • Engineers with experience in electrical engineering, biology, biophysics or computing research with interests in bio-sensors / bio-digital interfaces
  • Microbiologists with expertise in the analysis of the microbiome of indoor and urban spaces and the relationships between human activity and the microbiome 


It should be noted that there are additional HBBE Followships available in other priority areas at Northumbria University in a wide range of biological fields. See www.bbe.ac.uk for more information.


What does the NUAcT programme offer?

  • Five years' salary
  • Initial fixed term appointment with progression to an open-ended contract subject to formal review
  • Start-up costs and ongoing research expenses (up to £50k, subject to research programme needs and access to our internal seed funding)
  • Funding for a PhD student associated with the research project
  • Dedicated mentors with significant research management experience
  • The opportunity to join and participate in our world-class research centres
  • Extensive training opportunities including a bespoke personal development plan
  • Peer support from a cross-disciplinary cohort of talented early career researchers
  • Support for mobility to work with external partners, including outside the UK and academia
  • Additional provision for career breaks and career break returners, full flexibility to incorporate job share and less-than-full-time working, and funds to overcome potential barriers to career development associated with protected characteristics


For further information about this opportunity contact:
Professor Martyn Dade-Robertson, martyn.dade-robertson@ncl.ac.uk


Please click  here  to download the candidate briefing pack for full details on how to apply for this vacancy


Website: https://www.ncl.ac.uk/nuact
Hub for Biotechnology in the Built Environment: www.bbe.ac.uk

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: 1390