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Research Assistant

Requisition ID:  1369

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Posted Date: 


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: £28,331.00  

Closing Date: 5 February 2020


The Role

This is an exciting opportunity to join a multidisciplinary stem cell team working on pluripotent stem cell differentiation to retinal cells and human retinal development.  Specifically the you will work on validation of single cell RNA-Seq results by immunohistochemistry and/or RNA-Scope. A scientific background on pluripotent stem cell differentiation and retinal biology will be essential and applicants with record of accomplishment and expertise in eye and retinal development are preferred.  


You will work under the direction of the principal investigator and the post is available from the 1st of March 2020 full time for 4.5 months on a fixed term contract. 

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Linda Lako at majlinda.lako@ncl.ac.uk.


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.


Please be advised that due to the minimum salary thresholds imposed by the UKVI, this post may not qualify for University sponsorship under Tier 2 of the points based system.

Key Accountabilities

  •     Perform  the differentiation of human pluripotent stem cells to 3D laminated retina
  •     Validate the results of single cell RNA-Seq using immunohistochemistry and/or RNA-Scope
  •     Regular liaison with the Principal Investigator, researchers working on retinal and stem cell differentiation team and collaborators to ensure high quality of research and timely delivery of the project goals 
  •     Perform data extraction and analysis and ensure full compliance with existing ethical regulations as appropriate
  •     Lead on the production of high level scientific information including analysing, writing and presenting reports and manuscripts relevant to the transplantation wor
  •     Continuously review the literature and technology relevant to the project and ensure that the outputs of the project are positioned appropriately in relation to other on-going work


The Person (Essential)


Knowledge, Skills and Experience 
•    Knowledge of retinal development
•    Experience in generation of retinal organoids from pluripotent stem cells
•    Experience in retinal tissue processing and immunohistochemistry or RNA-Scope

Attributes and Behaviour
•    High level laboratory skills
•    Excellent organisation 
•    Attention to detail
•    Quick to learn new skills
•    IT literate and competent
•    Able to communicate effectively at all levels
•    Able to analyse and interpret data 
•    Strong critical thinking skills
•    Evidence of good oral communication skills; flexible independent working; initiative; and ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team
•    Excellent interpersonal skills
•    Able to prioritise key task and meet deadlines
•    Willingness to work outside normal hours and weekends as necessary 
•    Highly Motivated and enthusiastic 


•    Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in a science, medicine or health-related subject
•    MRes in a relevant subject area


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: 1369