KTP Associate A109808R (ICM)

Newcastle University - Institute of Cellular Medicine

Closing Date: 22 March 2018

Please be advised that due to a new minimum salary threshold of £30,000 per annum imposed by the UKVI, this post may not qualify for University sponsorship under Tier 2 of the points based system.

Based at Hexis Lab Ltd in Newcastle you will lead a Knowledge Transfer Partnership project to determine efficient process and assay testing methodology for characterising natural bioactive compounds that can
reduce the effects of UV sun and pollution damage on the skin and to develop a prototype skincare composition that can reduce the effects on the skin.

You will have a PhD (or equivalent) in Biomolecular Sciences or similar with experience in Cell and Molecular Biology (including Mitochondrial Biology and/or Photobiology) preferably within a skin related field are preferred. Suitable candidates with a Master’s Degree will be considered.

You will have good interpersonal, communication and team working skills and the ability to work independently with minimal supervision. Personal motivation, drive, good planning, organisation skills and the ability to work to tight deadlines are essential.


  • Attendance at two residential managerial workshops (each of one week’s duration)
  • £2,000 individual training budget.
  • The opportunity to lead a project, develop project management skills and improve long term career prospects.
  • Management training and mentoring by an Innovate UK KT Adviser.
  • Full access to university resources to complete the project.

You will be an employee of Newcastle University but will spend most of your working time at the company’s premises in Newcastle. Although the contract is fixed-term for a duration of 12 months, more than 70% of KTP staff are made a permanent job offer by their KTP company.

Hexis Lab conduct research and innovation around skincare using natural products. They produce ground-breaking targeted skincare products to protect and repair sun-damaged skin and improve life wellbeing. In conjunction with the globally leading research team from Newcastle University they use the latest scientific findings in the fields of Biochemistry, Genetics, DNA analysis, Proteomics and Systems Biology to understand skin types and to identify how they react to differing skin challenges, such as allergens, pollution, ageing, loss of elasticity, acne and eczema. 


For more information or informal enquiries, please contact Professor Mark Birch-Machin, 

For further details about Knowledge Transfer Partnerships please visit our Research and Enterprise Service web page at: 


Institute of Cellular Medicine 
Newcastle University 
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