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Research Assistant/Associate

Requisition ID:  25027
Location: 

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  25-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
 

Salary:

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

Research Associate: £32,348 to £42,155 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: 02 February 2023

 

 

The Role


The host-microbiome research group (Stewart Lab) is seeking an enthusiastic researcher to join our diverse and interdisciplinary team. The research post offers an exciting opportunity to work within an established group that combines clinical and academic research expertise. You will undertake research focused on breast milk and gut microbiome in preterm infant health and disease. The project is interdisciplinary, spanning molecular- and micro-biology, biochemistry, and immunology. Relevant techniques include microbiome sequencing, RNA-sequencing, organoid / tissue culture, immune profiling, and data analysis.

 

The host lab is focused on microbial-host interaction in the gut of infants born premature, utilising multi-omic analysis of clinical samples (e.g., microbiome, human milk oligosaccharide (HMO), and metabolite profiling) in combination with basic microbiology and an experimental organoid co-culture system.  The overarching goal is to better understand the potential mechanisms leading to necrotising enterocolitis (NEC) and late onset sepsis. By better understanding diet-microbe-host interaction, we hope to develop novel disease biomarkers and targeted therapeutic interventions to promote health in preterm infants.

 

This post is fixed term for a period of 2 years. For informal enquiries contact: Dr Chris Stewart, Christopher.Stewart@newcastle.ac.uk

 

Find out more about the Faculty of Medical Sciences here.

Find out more about our Research Institutes here.

 

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

 

The Person 

 

Knowledge, Skills and Experience 
•    Ability to work well as part of a team and rapidly acquire new skills
•    Detailed subject knowledge of early life microbiome and human milk oligosaccharides
•    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 
•    Have experience of anaerobic microbial culture
•    Have experience with using human intestinal-derived organoids
Desirable
•    Research experience in gut microbiome
•    Research experience with breast milk


Attributes and Behaviour
•    Excellent organisational, communication and interpersonal skills
•    Ability to work flexibly and cooperatively with others
Desirable
•    Willing to assist with the supervision of undergraduate and post-graduate students


Qualifications

•    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 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.

 

We are 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 is also a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.

 

Requisition ID: 25027