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Research Assistant/Associate in Pharmacokinetic Modelling

Requisition ID:  24943

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  12-Jan-2023


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.


What’s in it for you? Newcastle University is a great place to work, with excellent benefits. We have a generous holiday package; plus the opportunity to buy more, great pension schemes and a number of health and wellbeing initiatives to support you.


Newcastle is an inclusive global University community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.  As a University of Sanctuary, we aim to provide a welcoming place of safety for all, offering opportunities to people fleeing violence and persecution.


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.


Research Assistant: £29,619 to £31,411 per annum
Research Associate: £32,348 per annum


Closing Date: 10 February 2023

The Role

This position is for a Post-Doctoral Research Associate to be based in the Newcastle Cancer Centre Pharmacology Group at the Newcastle University Centre for Cancer.


You will have a background in pharmacokinetics and some experience in population pharmacokinetic modelling or experience in relevant complementary mathematical modelling. You will work in collaboration with a diagnostic healthcare SME on a project focusing on the development of a precision dosing software for optimising chemotherapy in childhood cancer. The work will be part of a wider project recently funded through a prestigious Innovate UK Biomedical Catalyst grant.   


The post will be available for a fixed 2 year full-time position or alternatively as a part-time position for a longer period. For informal enquiries contact


As part of our commitment to career development for research staff, 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
•    Analysis of pharmacokinetic data collected during clinical trials
•    Development of population pharmacokinetic models
•    Simulation of plasma concentration data using population pharmacokinetic models
•    Implementation of precision dosing strategies within population pharmacokinetic models
•    Independent planning and communication of experimental strategies
•    Independent analysis and interpretation of experimental data
•    Presentation of results in peer-reviewed publications and at scientific conferences
•    Contributions to laboratory meetings, e.g. problem solving, internal seminars, journal club
•    Assistance in the supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate students
•    Organisation and assistance in general laboratory duties, e.g. equipment maintenance, stores


The Person 

Knowledge, Skills and Experience 
•    Experience in pharmacokinetic modelling
•    Experience of using simulation software such as R, MATLAB, Python etc
•    Excellent problem solving abilities
•    Strong commitment to the study of clinical pharmacology
•    Team-working skills within multidisciplinary research teams
•    Commitment to continuing professional development
•    Good IT and computing skills
•    Good communication and presentation skills

•    Publication record in peer-reviewed journals
•    Presentation of work at scientific meetings

Attributes and Behaviour
•    Clear commitment to a career in pharmacology 
•    Willingness to work flexible hours if required 


•    Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in a relevant science subject – preferably biomedical 
•    PhD in a relevant science subject for Research Associate level. Candidates close to submission of PhD will be appointed at Research Assistant level

•    Some level of GCP and/or GCLP training or knowledge




The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University is also a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.


Requisition ID: 24943