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Research Assistant/Associate

Requisition ID:  10061

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  26-Aug-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.


Research Assistant Salary: £28,756 - £30,497 per annum

Research Associate Salary: £31,406 - £33,309, with progression to £40,927 per annum

Closing Date: 22 September  2021



The Role


We are looking to recruit an enthusiastic and highly motivated post-doctoral Research Associate in the laboratory of Professor Tracy Palmer. The project will focus on investigating the assembly of membrane proteins by the E. coli Tat protein transport machinery. 


You should have experience in the biochemical analysis of bacterial membrane proteins and be proficient in modern genetic tools for the manipulation of E. coli. The position is based in the Biosciences Institute at Newcastle University.


Find out more about the Faculty of Medical Sciences here: https://www.ncl.ac.uk/medical-sciences/ 


Find out more about our Research Institutes here: https://www.ncl.ac.uk/medical-sciences/research/institutes/


Palmer lab web page: https://www.ncl.ac.uk/medical-sciences/people/profile/tracypalmer.html


This post is ful time, fixed term for a period of 6 months 


For informal enquiries contact: Professor Tracy Palmer, email tracy.palmer@newcastle.ac.uk


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

The Person (Essential)


Knowledge, Skills and Experience 
•    Ability to work well as part of a team and rapidly acquire new skills
•    Detailed subject knowledge (PI to describe subject knowledge required) in the area of research 
•    Likelihood of advanced skills directly related to the research projects 
•    High level of analytical and problem-solving capability 
•    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 
•    Presentations at conferences and/or high-quality publications 
•    Experience with the biochemical analysis of membrane proteins
•    Experience of working with bacteria
•    Molecular biology experience including site-directed mutagenesis


•    Experience working with E. coli and/or Bacillus subtilis


•    Good honours degree (or equivalent) with some subject knowledge in the relevant area (Research Assistant)
•    A PhD in the research area required (Research Associate)


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.


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.


We understand how important the full employment package is to our colleagues at Newcastle University and we are committed to providing a great range of benefits and discounts for all.  You can learn more about what is available here on our Benefits Website page.

Requisition ID: 10061