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Senior Research Associate

Requisition ID:  1439

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: £41,526.00 - £55,750.00 

Closing Date: 4 February 2020

The Role


We are seeking to recruit an enthusiastic and highly motivated Senior Research Associate. You will design and conduct research in support of the objectives of ongoing studies in Environmental Microbiology.


Applications are invited from candidates with a extensive research experience including project management and supervision. You should be a talented writer and possess confident verbal communication skills with an aptitude for instigating research collaborations where appropriate to bolster the research group. You will present research results at a local and international level to internal and external stakeholders. You should be willing to travel to research conferences and for the purposes of collaboration.


You should hold a PhD award in microbial ecology or a closely related discipline and have demonstrable research experience. You will provide support with PhD student supervision and training, and be willing to engage with some teaching activity, previous teaching experience is desirable. You should be able to work independently, have exceptional time management skills and also work as part of an interdisciplinary team. You should be able to support junior members of staff and take a lead in decision making.


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


This is a full time, fiixed term post available until 30th June 2021 


Further information can be obtained by contacting Professor Ian Head PASAgEresearch@newcastle.ac.uk 0191 20 84502


Key Accountabilities

• Design and conduct research in support of the objectives of a portfolio of ongoing research projects in the are of environmental microbial biosystems science and engineering.
• Play a leadership role in co-ordinating the activities of colleagues in research and support functions and in coaching and mentoring junior colleagues.
• Monitor and, where appropriate, manage research resources (e.g. time, materials, finance, space and equipment).
• Ensure intellectual rigour and adherence to robust ethical standards to maintain integrity of research.
• Independently identify new research objectives and work with colleagues to identify potential funding sources.
• Contribute to the writing of proposals with regards to securing funding to support research activities.
• Supervise research students and take responsibility for their training and development.
• Supervise a safe working environment adhering to and promoting the highest standards of health and safety in laboratory and field work.
• Play an active part in research networks, develop contacts internally and externally and actively seek out and develop opportunities for collaboration.
• Organise and contribute to research group meetings.
• Contribute to the dissemination of research through authoring/co-authoring of outputs, delivering conference sessions and public engagement.
• Be aware of your own professional needs and take the initiative to undertake training and development where required.

The Person (Essential)


Knowledge, Skills and Experience


• In-depth subject knowledge including well-developed technical and methodological skills, especially in molecular biological and/or chemical methods.
• Literacy and practical experience with contemporary bioinformatics analysis packages.
• Some experience in designing and delivering funded research projects.
• Advanced skills in statistically robust experimental design.
• Advanced skills in statistical analysis and maintaining data integrity.
• Experience in managing research projects, identifying milestones and addressing risks proactively.
• Ability to provide leadership to small research teams and the experience of mentoring junior research colleagues.
• Ability to work with external academic and non-academic research partners.
• Evidence of a strong publication record showing evidence of work with increasing impact on your field and/or discipline.
• Experience supervising undergraduate and postgraduate research.
• Ability to prepare applications for funding including working with colleagues to identify funding opportunities, designing projects and writing bids.
• Ability to successfully coordinate the activities of multi-disciplinary teams in the pursuit of shared objectives.


Attributes and Behaviour


• High Level of analytical and problem-solving capacity.
• Organized and proactive.
• Communicates complex information clearly and adapts communication styles to suit the audience.
• Motivates others and encourages their commitment to achieving shared objectives.
• Proactively develops original solutions to complex problems.
• Contributes to the broader organisational and management processes providing leadership and coordination of the work of colleagues.
• Develops effective working relationships with colleagues exhibiting strong networking skills to support collaboration.




• PhD in a relevant subject (e.g. microbial ecology or a related discipline).
• Evidence of CPD.

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: 1439