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Research Assistant/Associate in Particle Imaging

Requisition ID:  8978

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  11-Jun-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.


Salary: £30,942.00 - £32,817.00 

Closing Date: 18 June 2021


The Role

We are delighted to be seeking a high-calibre individual to join the Geotechnics and Structures (GEST) group, in the School of Engineering, which boasts world-leading expertise, research and education in Geotechnical and Structural Engineering. 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


The Research Assistant / Associate will work on the EPSRC funded project: ‘OCULAR - automated acquisition & classification of particles’, focused on developing an imaging system and algorithm for particle characterisation and classification. The Assistant / Associate will also lead & deliver across the full range of activities consistent with the conduct of exceptional world-class research, inter alia; driving and conducting research, project management, liaising with project partners and collaborators, dissemination and deriving impact from the research, including generation of scientific outputs and further funding proposals.


This position is full time on a fixed term basis.


Further particulars and informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Sadegh Nadimi (sadegh.nadimi-shahraki@ncl.ac.uk


Key Accountabilities


  • Developing an imaging system for particle acquisition and characteristics. 
  • Developing algorithm and methods for processing of the data and turning it into output in pursuit of the project aims.
  • Project management and reporting tasks, including attending and chairing meetings, time and task management, internal and external reporting.
  • Wider dissemination of research results, including scientific papers, presentations and contributions to web and other electronic media.
  • Participating in opportunities for generating wider impact from the research including leadership in developing additional funding proposals and interactions with other projects and relevant initiatives.


The Person 


Knowledge, Skills and Experience 


  • Research active with clear transferable skills and some experience or awareness of the research environment;
  • The ability to communicate complex information clearly, both orally and through the written word;
  • Experience in coding with MATLAB and processing images;


  • Track record of presentations at conferences and high-quality journal publications;
  • Previous experience working in particle characterisation and classification;
  • Previous experience in software development.

Attributes and Behaviour


  • Ability to work on your own initiative and to set deadlines / objectives;
  • Ability to work with a diverse stakeholder group including industry, academia and other partners;
  • Ability to communicate clearly and appropriately;
  • Potential for research leadership.




  • Good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject (Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Physics, Computer Science, or other closely related discipline);
  • PhD in relevant subject area (Associate Level) or nearing completion (Assistant Level).


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.


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.


Requisition ID: 8978