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NUAcT Fellow: Drug Discovery

Requisition ID:  1105

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Posted Date:  12-Nov-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 - £55,750  

Closing Date: 3 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 9 of the candidate briefing pack.


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.


This position forms part of our collaboration with Monash University to develop a cross-institutional academic track scheme that expands the research partnership between the two universities.  The successful fellow will establish a joint program of research in drug discovery science that will involve collaboration and mobility between Monash and Newcastle. 


Based at Newcastle University and working across our Faculties of Medical Science (FMS) and Science, Agriculture and Engineering (SAgE), you will have the opportunity and support to develop collaborations across both universities through a flexible and bespoke exchange programme.  You will also become part of a wider cohort of around 100 NUAcT Fellows in Newcastle working in different disciplines across the University.

One of two fellows, one in each institution, you’ll be a researcher with the talent and motivation to develop into a future research and academic leader in drug discovery sciences. The successful applicant will conduct research that will build on and enhance existing areas of strength within the partner institutions, which include CNS, cancer, infectious disease and cardiovascular-metabolic research as well as global health initiatives. 

Your background could be in any relevant discipline, including but not limited to medicinal chemistry, biology, pharmacy and pharmacology, computational/data science, medicine, chemistry and engineering.  You will join a School or Research Institute within the University that is best aligned with your disciplinary background, however, you will also work across the developing Discovery of Medicines Research Theme. 


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 informal enquires contact Professor Mike Waring +44 (0)191 208 8591, Mike.Waring@ncl.ac.uk  or Professor Steve Wedge +44 (0)191 208 4418 steve.wedge@ncl.ac.uk
Details of the Monash University based post can be found at Here Contact Professor Peter Scammells +61 (0)3 9903 9542, peter.scammells@monash.edu


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


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: 1105


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.