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Research Assistant / Associate - A229985A

Newcastle University - Northern Institute for Cancer Research

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Salary: £27,831 to £39,610 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 20th June 2019
Closes: 30th July 2019
Job Ref: 234711

Faculty of Medical Sciences

Salary: £27,831 - £29,515 per annum (PhD Near Completion - Assistant Level)
           £30,395 - £39,610 per annum (PhD Awarded - Associate Level)

You will play a key role in running the Children’s Cancer & Leukaemia Group (CCLG) Tissue Bank and be based within the newly refurbished Wolfson Childhood Cancer Research Centre in the Northern Institute for Cancer Research. You will work under supervision of the CCLG Tissue Bank Director (Prof Deborah Tweddle) and the Tissue Bank manager (Dr Owen Burbidge) together with other members of the Tissue Bank Operations team based within the central Newcastle University biobank.

The post offers considerable scope for strategic developments of the CCLG Tissue Bank. Two key developments you will take forward are a) expansion of the tissue bank to include Teenage and Young Adult Centres (TYA), involving negotiations with new banking sites and b) expansion of the types of tissues banked to include the collection of viable cells for patient derived xenograft models.

You will have an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject e.g. biological sciences. You will have a PhD in a relevant subject, i.e. molecular or cellular biology (or be close to completion for the appointment at Assistant level).

You will have organisational and interpersonal skills, be able to work using your own initiative, and also have good IT and computing skills. You will have practical laboratory skills and associated high standards of record keeping, as well as excellent communication skills. Working knowledge of the implications of the Human Tissue Act in relation to tissue banks is desirable.

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 the minimum salary thresholds imposed by the UKVI, this post may not qualify for University sponsorship under Tier 2 of the points based system.

This is a fixed term post available until 30 June 2020.

If you have any enquiries please contact Dr Owen Burbidge at owen.burbidge@ncl.ac.uk  Prof Deb Tweddle at Deborah.tweddle@newcastle.ac.uk.

Please follow these weblinks for further information: CCLG tissue bank: https://www.cclg.org.uk/tissue-bank
https://www.ncl.ac.uk/nicr/staff/profile/deborahtweddle.html#background  
FMS: https://www.ncl.ac.uk/medicalsciences
NICR: https://www.ncl.ac.uk/nicr

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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