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Research Associate

Newcastle University

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Salary: £30,942 to £40,322
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 25th March 2020
Closes: 24th April 2020
Job Ref: 1429

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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.

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The Role

We are looking to recruit several enthusiastic and highly motivated post-doctoral Research Associates in the laboratory of Professor Nikolay Zenkin to study biochemical and structural basis of transcription/translation coupling in bacteria and its involvement in bacterial chromosome organisation, and transcription/splicing coupling in eukaryotes.

Transcription is coupled with translation in bacteria, and with splicing in eukaryotes. These interactions are critical for regulation of gene expression. However, their molecular mechanisms are obscure.

You must have experience in biochemistry and/or structural biology of either: transcription, translation, splicing or molecular processes of similar complexity. The candidates must be in possession of a PhD (or being in a process of final handing in hard copies) and a proven track record of active research. The Wellcome Trust funded posts are for 3 years, with possible extension. The position is based at the Centre for Bacterial Cell Biology of Newcastle University, situated in a modern building fitted with cutting edge equipment.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Professor Nikolay Zenkin (

As part of our commitment to career development for research staff, the University has developed 3 levels of research role profiles. These profiles set out firstly the generic competences and responsibilities expected of role holders at each level and secondly the general qualifications and experiences needed for entry at a particular level.

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.

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