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Research Assistant/Associate

Requisition ID:  4906

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date: 


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: 16 August 2020


The Role


This post is to support on-going research within the Wellcome Centre for Mitochondrial Research. You will have a very strong background in mitochondrial biology particularly in understanding the intricacies of mitochondrial protein synthesis. Further, it is essential that you have extensive experience in high resolution nanoscopy.


You will be working in the Wellcome Centre for Mitochondrial Research under the supervision of Professors Lightowlers and Chrzanowska-Lightowlers and will be utilising click chemistry techniques to visualise nascent protein synthesis in human mitochondria. You will be responsible for extending our knowledge of nascent protein synthesis using both click chemistry and super resolution nanoscopy.


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 post is available on a full time, fixed term basis for 10 months.


For informal enquiries regarding the role, please contact Professor Bob Lightowlers Robert.lightowlers@newcastle.ac.uk


More information is available here:
Faculty of Medical Sciences
Wellcome Centre for Mitochondrial Research


Key Accountabilities
    Develop and carry out the specified project using appropriate techniques and equipment as outlined in the person specification.
•    Plan and carry out independent original research encompassing investigations leading to the discovery of new knowledge.
•    Analyse data, interpret and bring new insights.
•    Initiate or participate in inter-disciplinary collaborations as agreed with supervisor.
•    Provide guidance, where necessary, to other staff and students including possible supervision of PhD and undergraduate project students as agreed with supervisor.
•    Regular liaison with the Principal Investigators to organise workload and research activities, using appropriate materials, facilities and equipment.
•    Write up research findings for publication and dissemination.
•    Where suitable, present data at international conferences.

The Person (Essential)


Knowledge, Skills and Experience
•    Excellent communication, team-working and interpersonal skills
•    Experience in mitochondrial biology
•    Extensive experience of click chemistry techniques
•    Super resolution STED nanoscopy
•    Able to provide and present reports on research to high standard
•    Able to collaborate effectively across disciplinary boundaries
•    Able to organise and oversee projects
•    Extensive public engagement experience


Attributes and Behaviour

•    Able to work independently as well as part of a team
•    Enthusiastic and hard working
•    Willingness to work flexibly by mutual agreement
•    A commitment to research as evidenced by completion of previous research projects and publications
•    Willingness to engage with and disseminate research to the public



•    Excellent (1st/2:1) primary degree, or equivalent international degree
•    Possession of a doctoral degree in mitochondrial biology/genetics for Associate level or nearing PhD completion for 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: 4906