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Research Assistant/Associate - A195659R

Newcastle University - Institute for Cell Molecular Biosciences

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Salary: £27,831 to £39,610
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 26th February 2019
Closes: 30th April 2019
Job Ref: 219464

Research Assistant: £27,831 - £29,515 (PhD near submission)                         
Research Associate: £30,395 - £39,610 (with PhD awarded)

Two posts are available for enthusiastic and highly motivated Research Assistants/Associates to join the laboratory of Prof. Bert van den Berg. The positions are funded by the Wellcome Trust and are based at the Institute for Cell and Molecular Biosciences at Newcastle University.

Work in the Van den Berg lab is focused on understanding how small molecules such as nutrients and antibiotics pass the outer membrane (OM) of Gram-negative bacteria by passive diffusion and active transport. The Wellcome Trust project aims to understand nutrient uptake by the Bacteroidetes, in particular members of the genus Bacteroides which are important and abundant members of the human gut microbiota (HGM). Since nutrient uptake is an important determinant of fitness in the competitive environment of the gut, this project will, besides advancing fundamental knowledge, generate insights that may help to rationally change the composition of the HGM, and thereby influence human health.

The project is highly multidisciplinary and will use proteomics, structural biology (X-ray crystallography, cryo-EM), biophysical techniques (MST, ITC, electrophysiology), biochemistry (cross-linking, in vitro transport assays) and microbiological techniques. This is an excellent opportunity to join a small and productive laboratory and work in one of the most exciting areas in microbiology.

The positions are available for up to 5 years, with a starting date in Summer or Autumn 2019.

For all enquiries please contact: Prof. Bert van den Berg on

Further information can be found here:

Prof. Bert van den Berg:

Institute for Cell and Molecular Biosciences:

The Institute holds a silver Athena SWAN award in addition to the University’s silver 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 new minimum salary thresholds imposed by the UKVI, this post does not qualify for University sponsorship under Tier 2 of the points based system.

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 community 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. 

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