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Research Assistant/Associate in Living Construction

Requisition ID:  14922

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  20-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.


Salary: Research Assistant: £28,756 - £30,497 per annum

            Research Associate: £31,406 - £40,927 per annum

Cloisng Date: 23 January 2022


The Role

This position is within the Living Construction theme, which is one of four research themes in the Hub for the Biotechnology in the Built Environment. The theme works to combine biological growth and digital fabrication to develop functional biomaterials for built environment and wider applications. The group is currently working with bacterial cellulose, mycelium-based materials and microbially induced minerals. The version of the group is to incorporate engineered living systems into the fabrication process.


You will work on highly collaborative and interdisciplinary projects, using synthetic biology approaches to engineer the living systems to produce the functional materials of interests. Additionally, you will support researchers from design, architecture and engineering background to develop fabrication processes which will incorporate the engineered living systems you develop.


For more information of the HBBE and projects see our website: www.bbe.ac.uk

The post is full-time, fixed-term from earliest available start date through to 31 March 2023.

Informal queries to: Professor Martyn Dade-Robertson, Professor of Emerging Technoloy (martyn.dade-robertson@ncl.ac.uk)


Key Accountabilities


  • Develop engineered living systems for the materials of interests
  • Support members in the group to conduct their projects
  • Publish original research in international conferences and journals
  • Help develop new funding bids and support the growth of the HBBE
  • Coordinate multidisciplinary research group activities


The Person (Essential)

Knowledge, Skills & Experience


  • Good practices in microbial molecular biology and good understanding in microbial secretion system
  • Good understanding of Engineered Living Materials 
  • Experience in working with cell-free expression systems (Desirable)
  • Good understanding of Microbially Induced Calcite Precipitation processes or cellulose base ELMs (Desirable)
  • Experience in work in multi-disciplinary projects (Desirable)


Attributes and Behaviours


  • Communication skills and ability to describe complex concepts to non-experts
  • Good team working ability to work with people across many different fields
  • Flexibility and adaptability to a challenging research environment
  • Demonstrable interest in Biology/ Microbiology/ Biotechnology.Design, material sciences and engineering (Desirable)




  • PhD for Associate level or thesis pending for Assistant level in Synthetic Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Biotechnology or related subject 




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: 14922