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Research Assistant / Associate

Requisition ID:  11341

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  13-Sep-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.


Research Assistant Salary: £28,756 - £29,614 per annum

Research Associate Salary: £31,406 - £33,309 per annum


Closing Date: 11 October 2021


The Role 


This post is to support on-going research within the Wellcome Centre for Mitochondrial Research. You will have a very strong background in mitochondrial biology, in particular in the measurement of mitochondrial gene expression/protein synthesis at hgh resolution in living cells.You will be working in the Wellcome Centre for Mitochondrial Research under the supervision of Profs Zofia Chrzanowska-Lightowlers and Bob Lightowlers and will be investigating mitochondrial gene expression using super resolution microscopy. You will be highly skilled in a variety of techniques that are essential for this project, including click chemistry and nanoscopy. Image analysis techniques are also essential, with the ability to use various software packages to quantify imaging data.


More information is available here:
Faculty of Medical Sciences
Wellcome Centre for Mitochondrial Research


The post is available on a full time, fixed term basis for 6 months. 


For informal enquiries regarding the role, please contact Profs Zofia Chrzanowska-Lightowlers or Bob Lightowlers 
zofia.chrzanowska-lightowlers@ncl.ac.uk ; robert.lightowlers@ncl.ac.uk 


Key Accountabilities

•    Develop and carry out the specified project using appropriate techniques and equipment as outlined in the person specification
•    Plan and carry out independent original research encompassing investigations leading to the discovery of new knowledge
•    Analyse data, interpret and bring new insights
•    Initiate or participate in inter-disciplinary collaborations as agreed with supervisor
•    Provide guidance, where necessary, to other staff and students including possible supervision of PhD and undergraduate project students as agreed with supervisor
•    Regular liaison with the Principal Investigators to organise workload and research activities, using appropriate materials, facilities and equipment 
•    Write up research findings for publication and dissemination
•    Where suitable, present data at international conferences


The Person (Essential)


Knowledge, Skills and Experience 

•    Excellent communication, team-working and interpersonal skills
•    Broad knowledge of mitochondrial biology
•    Experience in tissue culture
•    Preparation of human cell lines for various techniques, including superresolution nanoscopy and confocal microscopy
•    Techniques involving click chemistry technologies
•    Experience in RNA in situ hybridisation techniques 
•    Competence in image analysis/quantification and superresolution nanoscopy
•    Able to provide and present reports on research to high standard
•    Able to collaborate effectively across disciplinary boundaries
•    Able to organise and oversee projects
•    Public engagement experience


Attributes and Behaviour


•    Able to work independently as well as part of a team
•    Enthusiastic and hard working
•    Willingness to work flexibly by mutual agreement
•    A commitment to research as evidenced by completion of previous research projects and publications
•    Willingness to engage with and disseminate research to the public




•    Excellent (1st/2:1) primary degree, or equivalent international degree 
•    Possession of a doctoral degree in mitochondrial biology/genetics for Associate level or nearing PhD completion for Assistant level



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: 11341