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NUAcT Fellow: Data Science in Health

Requisition ID:  445

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Posted Date:  18-Oct-2019


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: £41,526.00 - £55,750.00 

Closing Date: 08/11/2019


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 Role


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).


This specific post is associated with a new initiative recently launched at Newcastle University, to address the key Data Science and Biomedical challenges to enable a long-term vision of Preventive, Predictive, Personalised, Participatory, Precision medicine. Aligning with the Government’s plan for the future of healthcare the program embraces a major paradigm shift, moving away from a detect-and-cure approach and towards personalised interventions aimed at preventing chronic diseases and extending the wellness state in ageing individuals.


Underpinning this paradigm shift is an understanding of "Big Health Data”, including individuals’ genomics data and biochemical markers, their Electronic Health Records, as well as new kinds of digital biomarkers data extracted from an increasing variety of personal self-monitoring devices. Extracting value out of this data requires a combination of Biomedical and Data Science expertise.


To address these challenges we are bringing together biomedical experts and computational scientists through our participation in the Alan Turing Institute for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence under its “Revolutionising Healthcare” programme.


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.


The ideal candidate for this post will either have a background in biomedicine with a strong interest/expertise in data science and/or a background in data science with a strong interest/expertise in biomedical applications.  The NUAcT programme offers personalised cross-training to ensure that Fellows are best positioned to work on data-driven biomedical research as part of a multidisciplinary team, with a strong focus on research impact.


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)
  • 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 Paolo Missier at or visit the project website.


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


Copies of the pack can also be requested from

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: 445