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Research Associate Cell Biologist

Requisition ID:  2243

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
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: £30,942.00 - £31,866.00 

Closing Date: 4 March 2020


The Role


A post is available for an enthusiastic and highly motivated Research Associate to join the laboratory of Dr Suzanne Madgwick within the Newcastle University Biosciences Institute.


You will be part of a team aiming to better understand female infertility by studying how mammalian oocytes regulate essential processes involved in cell division. For examples of our recent research please use the following links:




The project will require the use of cell biological and biochemical methods, fixed cell and live cell fluorescence microscopy and the development of imaging mass cytometry as a technique for use in oocyte research. The post is funded by an MRC Career Development Award, uses cutting edge techniques and has clear translational potential. As such, the project will involve collaboration with additional parties including Newcastle Flow Cytometry Facility and fertility experts at Newcastle’s Centre for Life.


Ideal candidates will be expected to have a PhD in a closely related field. Experience of standard techniques in molecular biology and cell culture are essential. Experience of live and fixed cell imaging and micromanipulation will be of significant advantage. 


The post is funded until 28 February 2025 with a flexible start date from the 1st of March 2020, but no later than the 1st of June 2020.


For further information, applicants should contact Dr Suzanne Madgwick (suzanne.madgwick@newcastle.ac.uk).  

Institute web page: https://www.ncl.ac.uk/medical-sciences/research/institutes/biosciences/

Cell Division Biology web page : https://research.ncl.ac.uk/celldivisionbiology/


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 systemPlease 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


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.


Key Accountabilities


  • Develop and carry out the specified project using appropriate techniques and equipment as outlined in the personal requirements.
  • Plan and carry out original research encompassing:
    • Investigations leading to the discovery of new knowledge
    • Analysing and interpreting data to obtain 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 undergraduate project students as agreed with supervisor.
  • Investigate new models and approaches to test and develop them.
  • Write up research findings for publication and dissemination.


The Person (Essential)


Knowledge, Skills & Experience


  • Experience of mammalian cell culture
  • Experience of biochemical techniques (e.g. immunoprecipitations and western blotting)
  • Experience of microscopy and live and/or fixed cell imaging
  • Good information technology and computing skills, including use of Excel (or similar) and basic statistics
  • Excellent communication skills


  • Experience of microinjection/micromanipulation
  • Experience of presenting research work at scientific meetings
  • Ability to write scientific articles in collaboration with other team members
  • Publications in quality refereed journals


Attributes & Behaviours


  • Capacity for original thought
  • Willingness to work flexibly by mutual arrangement
  • Applicants should be ambitious with a demonstrable drive to succeed and produce work at the highest level
  • Ability to work independently or as part of a team


  • Clear commitment to a career in research




  • Excellent degree in medical biosciences, physiology or related area
  • Possession of a PhD in molecular or cellular biology, biochemistry, or closely related field
  • Strong background in cell and molecular biology


  • Thorough understanding of cell cycle regulation


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: 2243