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Research Assistant/Associate

Requisition ID:  1267

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Posted Date:  25-Nov-2019


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 - £30,942.00 

Closing Date: 23 December 2019




The Role



You will be responsible to Prof Muzlifah Haniffa, Newcastle University Biosciences Institute, and will work on research funded by the Wellcome Trust on the developing human immune system.  The project will use cutting-edge single cell RNA-sequencing, flow cytometry and integrated analysis of clinical, genetic, and immune parameters derived from patient cohorts and data repositories. These studies will inform disease classification/ontology and identify molecular markers of clinical response.


The post will be located in state-of-art laboratories housed within the Biosciences Institute, Newcastle University and will have access to excellent dedicated core research facilities. Prof Haniffa is focussed on delivering high impact basic and translational research. Prof Haniffa and her research group aim to nurture talented junior researchers through to the next stage of their career progression as independent investigators.  


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.


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.


This is a fixed term post for the duration of 36 months.


Informal enquiries to Prof Muzlifah Haniffa (M.A.Haniffa@newcastle.ac.uk). For further information please follow this link: https://www.ncl.ac.uk/icm/people/profile/mahaniffa.html#background



Key Accountabilities


  • To be responsible for day-to-day management of experimental work involving immunological, biochemical and molecular including next generation single-cell sequencing and mass cytometry, in vitro (cell culture) and in vivo studies.
  • To be responsible for data collection, processing, analysis, presentation and publications (writing, graph production, image production and presentations at laboratory and institutional meetings, national/international conferences) and curated storage of experimental data.
  • To operate as a team member aiding other members within the research group.
  • To facilitate general management and running of the laboratory including routine laboratory cleaning, maintenance, equipment upkeep and ordering of laboratory materials.
  • To facilitate other aspects of the Haniffa group in other aspects of its operation, including assisting with student supervision, contribution to laboratory meetings, contribution to web-based activities and contribution to its public engagement activities.



The Person (Essential)


Knowledge, Skills and Experience


  • Expertise in tissue processing, cellular and molecular biology techniques (e.g. cell culture, nucleic acid isolation and quantification).
  • Knowledge of next generation sequencing including single cell data interpretation.
  • Knowledge of biomedical microscopy techniques.
  • Basic skills in data collection, processing and presentation.
  • Technically highly skilled in bench-based experimental work.
  • Able to design, execute, interpret and present complex experiments.
  • Experience in flow cytometry and multi-dimensional data analysis.
  • Experience in microscopy techniques and bioimaging.
  • Experience with the isolation and culture of primary cells.
  • Histology/immunohistochemistry/immunofluorescence experience.



Attributes and Behaviour


  • Highly motivated and driven individual interested in developing a career in academic research.
  • Able to work independently but motivated to contribute to the overall research team and develop collaborative interactions with colleagues in the lab.
  • Expectation and willingness to work outside normal office hours including weekends and to work away from main laboratory site including national and international collaborative visits.





  • Ideally you will hold a PhD in Immunology, Biochemistry, Molecular or Cell Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics or Engineering (or be very close to submission of PhD for Research 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.


Requisition ID: 1267