Research Assistant/Associate

Requisition ID:  26371

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  7 Dec 2023



Research Assistant: £31,396 to £32,982 per annum

Research Associate: £33,996 to £44,263 per annum


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.


Closing Date: 06 January 2024



The Role 


These posts will investigate molecular basis of bacterial transcription and its interactions with other cellular machineries using cryo-EM analysis.  The successful applicants will have expertise in sample preparation for cryo-EM, the collection of sample images using high powered electron microscopes, and considerable experience with the processing, and analysing of novel structural data to generate biological models.


These are full time fixed term posts until 31/08/2025, with the possibility of extension.


For informal enquires please contact Prof Nikolay Zenkin (via 


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
•    Provide guidance, where necessary, to other staff and students, including possible supervision of PhD, Master and undergraduate project students as agreed with supervisor
•    Contribute to running of the laboratory as agreed with supervisor
•    Write up research findings for publication and dissemination
•    Develop in the lab expertise in cryo-EM data analysis 

The Person 


Knowledge, Skills and Experience 
•    Expertise in sample preparation for cryo-EM, the collection of sample images using high powered electron microscopes, and considerable experience with the processing, and analysing of novel structural data to generate meaningful and informative biological models
•    Publications in high quality refereed Journals (and/or evidence of manuscripts in preparation or under review)
•    High level of analytical and problem-solving capability
•    Advanced skills directly related to the research projects
•    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 
•    Evidence of previous high-quality work in this area of research 


Attributes and Behaviours  
•    Ability to work well as part of a team and rapidly acquire new skills

•    PhD in a relevant subject (Research Associate) or PhD submitted for examination (Research Assistant)


 Newcastle University is a global University 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.


We are committed to being a fully inclusive 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 of our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from individuals who can complement our existing teams, we believe that success is built on having teams whose backgrounds and experiences reflect the diversity of our university and student population.


At Newcastle University we hold a silver Athena Swan award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality.  We also hold a Race Equality Charter Bronze award in recognition of our work towards tackling race inequality in higher education REC.  We are a Disability Confident employer and will offer an interview to disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the role as part of the offer and interview scheme.


In addition, we are a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe. 

Requisition ID: 26371