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Senior Lecturer in "Mitochondrial Molecular Genetics"

Requisition ID:  1461

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Open Ended
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: £51,034.00 - £55,750.00 

Closing Date: 1 February 2020

The Role 

Applications are invited for a senior lectureship in mitochondrial molecular genetics to work in the Wellcome Centre for Mitochondrial Research, Faculty of Medical Sciences. 

You will have a brief to bring murine mitochondrial and evolutionary genetics In relation to mitochondrial DNA, to the Wellcome Centre. You will have the capability of establishing novel murine models for mitochondrial disease in the Centre plus be able to develop and to test models of mtDNA evolution in various systems. You will have a strong vision for developing and leading your research in the Centre, with a clear path to provide external funding to support these exciting research areas. You will also have an internationally competitive research portfolio and have proven research links with many collaborators. 

You will be based in the Wellcome Centre for Mitochondrial Research https://www.newcastle-mitochondria.com  on the 4th floor of the Catherine Cookson Building, Faculty of Medical Sciences. This is one of only 15 Centres funded in the UK by Wellcome and won its second five years funding cycle in 2017. An internationally-renowned hub, the Centre blends a long term interest in mitochondrial biology with the study of patients manifesting mitochondrial dysfunction, producing a unique and diverse environment for mitochondrial research. 


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.

The position is available with an open contract but will be subject to a standard probationary period. Applications are to be considered immediately but the post will not become vacant until August 2020. 

Further enquiries should be sent to Professor Bob Lightowlers on Robert.lightowlers@ncl.ac.uk

Key Accountabilities

Maintain a strong personal portfolio of research, bringing murine mitochondrial genetics and evolutionary biology to the Wellcome Centre.

  •  To develop the research agenda around “murine mitochondrial genetics and evolutionary genetics in relation to mitochondrial DNA".
  • To establish novel murine models for mitochondrial disease and to test evolutionary models in relation to mitochondrial DNA.
  • To develop and lead research within agreed timelines, meeting project milestones and to an appropriate standard.
  • To develop collaborative links with other researchers working in the areas of mitochondrial genetics and evolutionary biology (discovery science, path to translation, clinical).
  •  To prepare and submit bids for submission to leading funders.
  •  To monitor workload and supervise staff who may be working on several projects.
  • To consistently publish in 3 and 4 * rated peer reviewed journals.
  • To present findings at conferences at home and abroad.
  • To undertake teaching of aspects of genetics, evolution and mitochondrial biology as require
  • To carry out administrative tasks and other duties to support the Wellcome Centre and Faculty as agreed with the Director of the Biosciences Institute or Wellcome Centre.


The Person (Essential)

Knowledge, Skills and Qualifications

•    Ability to produce, establish and investigate in vivo rodent models of mitochondrial disease (of nuclear- and mtDNA- encoded genes) or mitochondrial evolutionary biology.
•    Ability to produce, establish and investigate models of mitochondrial evolutionary biology in a variety of non-standard model systems.
•    A demonstrated ability to undertake independent research and to work as part of a major Centre.
•    Ability to lead and inspire less experienced researchers.
•    Ability to prioritise key tasks.
•    Excellent organisational, communication and interpersonal skills.
•    Demonstrable capacity to work in a range of education settings and situations.
•    Ability to meet deadlines and to manage conflicting priorities.
•    Ability to work flexibly and cooperatively with others.
•    Ability to maintain confidentiality.
•    Ability to command the respect of established professionals from a range of disciplines and specialties.


Attributes and Behaviour


•    Significant experience of preparing research proposals for submission to competitive funding organisations (e.g. Wellcome Trust, research councils) as PI and/or in collaboration with others (as co-investigator).
•    Able to develop and manage a portfolio of high-quality research.
•    A substantial track record of publication in leading national and international peer reviewed journals.
•    Supervisory experience of postgraduate students or less experienced researchers.
•    Teaching experience at undergraduate or postgraduate level in an academic setting.
•    Experience of presenting findings at national and international conferences.
•    Ability to analyse large datasets.
•    Evidence of carrying out research within agreed timelines, meeting project milestones and producing research to an appropriate standard.
•    Must be prepared to contribute to the wider work of the Centre and Institute.
•    Be prepared to work collaboratively with other researchers.



•    A PhD in genetics, evolutionary biology or a related discipline.


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: 1461