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Research Assistant / Research Associate

Requisition ID:  15381

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  18-Jan-2022


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]] - [[£30,497]]  per annum

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

Closing Date: 20/01/2022


The Role


You will assess the impact of senescent cells on function of skin, using mainly 2D and 3D human skin in-vitro and ex-vivo models. You will test the efficacy of novel candidate senolytics and perform senescence and functional assays in these models. You will be working in a group with strong international reputation in the field of cell senescence and ageing.


The project is co-funded by BBSRC and Procter&Gamble to understand the role of senescent cells for skin ageing and to develop and validate novel interventions. 


This post is fixed term for a period of 12 months. 


For informal enquiries contact: t.vonzglinicki@ncl.ac.uk. 


Find out more about the Faculty of Medical Sciences here: https://www.ncl.ac.uk/medical-sciences/ 


Find out more about our Research Institutes here:https://www.ncl.ac.uk/medical-sciences/research/institutes/


As part of our commitment to career development for research colleagues, the University has developed 3 levels of research role profiles.  These profiles set out firstly the generic competences and responsibilities expected of role holders at each level and secondly the general qualifications and experiences needed for entry at a particular level.


Key Accountabilities

  • Although working under the general guidance of an academic or Principal Investigator, the postholder will contribute ideas, including enhancements to the technical or methodological aspects of their studies, thus providing substantial 'added value' 
  • Develop and carry out the specified project using appropriate techniques and equipment as outlined in the personal requirements 
  • Determine appropriate methodologies for research, with advice and support where required
  • Contribute to grant applications submitted by others and in time develop own research objectives and proposals for funding 
  • Begin to write, with appropriate support, proposals for individual research funding or, where funders do not permit this, contribute to the writing of collective bids
  • Assess research findings for the need/scope for further investigations
  • Contribute to the writing up of their research for publication and dissemination, either through seminar and conference presentations or through publications
  • Present research findings, either at conferences or through publications in reputable outlets appropriate to the discipline
  • May be involved in the supervision, with guidance, of final year undergraduate research projects and in providing support to postgraduate research students or Research Assistants 
  • Will need to work with the support staff and, on occasions, with undergraduate and postgraduate students, and interact intellectually with other academic members of the Institute.
  • May contribute to events celebrating the public engagement of science/social sciences/humanities
  • Develop an awareness of University structures, policies and procedures and relevant issues in the higher education, research, social and political environment
  • Establish skin organotypic cultures with variable amounts of senescent cells. Validate these with functional assays.
  • Use skin organotypic cultures to test the effect of anti-senescence interventions on functional parameters.
  • Measure senescence and functional parameters in human and mouse skin samples.


The Person (Essential)


Knowledge, Skills and Experience 


  • Ability to work well as part of a team and rapidly acquire new skills
  • Detailed subject knowledge (PI to describe subject knowledge required) in the area of research 
  • Likelihood of advanced skills directly related to the research projects 
  • High level of analytical and problem-solving capability 
  • Ability to communicate complex information with clarity and to encourage the commitment of others 
  • Experience of research with clear transferable skills and some experience or awareness of the research environment 
  • Presentations at conferences and/or high-quality publications 


  • Experience with cell senescence assays 
  • Experience with human cell culture, ideally including 3D cell culture


Attributes and Behaviour

  • Aware of the ethical issues involved in their research work 
  • In a position to bring individual skills and insights to the research 


  • Good honours degree (or equivalent) with some subject knowledge in the relevant area (Research Assistant)
  • A PhD in the research area required (Research Associate)


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: 15381