Research Associate

Requisition ID:  26101

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  30 Aug 2023


Salary: £33,966 to £44,263 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: 22 October 2023



The Role


We are looking for an enthusiastic, talented postdoctoral scientist to join our team on a project funded by the Little Princess Trust. The aim of the project is to identify new therapies to improve the treatment of children with acute myeloid leukaemia and is a collaboration with teams in the United States.  You will be part of the Translational and Clinical Research Institute which aims to increase our understanding of human diseases so we can improve outcomes for patients in our city, our region and worldwide.


Informal enquiries regarding this post may be made to Professor Julie Irving (


For further information about the Irving Laboratory, please visit Faculty of Medical Sciences | Newcastle University (


Key Accountabilities

•    Although working under the general guidance of the 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 
•    Assess research findings for the need/scope for further investigations
•    Undertake co-supervision, with guidance, of final year undergraduate or masters research projects and provide support to other members of the group.
•    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, collaborator meetings or through publications in reputable outlets appropriate to the discipline
•    Contribute to grant applications submitted by others and in time develop own research objectives and proposals for funding 
•    Will need to work with the support staff 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 

•    Experience of preclinical drug testing, ideally in cancer, using cell lines and/or primary (primary-derived) cells 
•    Detailed subject knowledge in the area of precision medicines 
•    Experience of evaluating comprehensive drug synergy interactions; including ZIP, combination indices and Bliss models of synergy
•    Experience of relevant pharmacodynamic techniques including western blotting and flow cytometry
•    Presentations at national and international conferences and/or high-quality publications, commensurate with experience
•    Ability to work well as part of a team and rapidly acquire new skills
•    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

•    Possession of a Home Office personal license (PIL A/B/C) under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 
•    Experience in orthotopic xenograft models in immunodeficient mice 
•    Skills in fluorescence microscopy, particularly high throughput 
•    Experience in Image analysis with machine learning models

Attributes and Behaviour
•    Advanced skills directly related to the research project
•    High level of analytical and problem-solving capability
•    Ability to communicate complex information with clarity
•    Good time management and ability to prioritise to meet deadlines


•    A PhD in the research area of preclinical drug testing, ideally in cancer, is required

Newcastle University is a global University 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 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 of our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from individuals who can complement our existing teams, we believe that success is built on having teams whose backgrounds and experiences reflect the diversity of our university and student population.


At Newcastle University we hold a silver Athena Swan award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality.  We also hold a Race Equality Charter Bronze award in recognition of our work towards tackling race inequality in higher education REC.


In addition, we are a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe. 

Requisition ID: 26101