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Research Assistant/Associate

Newcastle University

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Salary: £28,756 to £40,927 per annum.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 23rd November 2021
Closes: 6th December 2021
Job Ref: 14381

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 Northeast of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.

The Role
The post is to support on-going research within the Wellcome Centre for Mitochondrial Research. You will have a very strong background in mitochondrial biology, in particular the neurological basis of mitochondrial disease.

You will be working in the Wellcome Centre for Mitochondrial Research under the supervision of Dr Nichola Lax and Professor Grainne Gorman and will be investigating the mechanisms contributing to neurodegeneration in mitochondrial disease. You will be highly skilled in a variety of techniques that are essential for this project, including mouse phenotyping, neurophysiology, neurohistopathology, molecular biology techniques (including qPCR) and fluorescent confocal microscopy.

The post is available on a full-time, fixed-term basis for 12 months.

For informal enquiries regarding the role, please contact Dr Grainne Gorman Grainne.Gorman@newcastle.ac.uk.

More information is available here: Faculty of Medical Sciences and Wellcome Centre for Mitochondrial Research.

Key Accountabilities

  • Although working under the general guidance of an academic or Principal Investigator, you will contribute ideas, including enhancements to the technical or methodological aspects of their studies, thus providing substantial 'added value'.
  • Develop and carry out the specified project using appropriate techniques and equipment as outlined in the personal requirements.
  • Determine appropriate methodologies for research, with advice and support where required.
  • Contribute to grant applications submitted by others and in time develop own research objectives and proposals for funding.
  • Begin to write, with appropriate support, proposals for individual research funding or, where funders do not permit this, contribute to the writing of collective bids.
  • Assess research findings for the need/scope for further investigations.
  • Contribute to the writing up of their research for publication and dissemination, either through seminar and conference presentations or through publications.
  • Present research findings, either at conferences or through publications in reputable outlets appropriate to the discipline.
  • May be involved in the supervision, with guidance, of final year undergraduate research projects and in providing support to postgraduate research students or Research Assistants.
  • Will need to work with the support staff and, on occasions, with undergraduate and postgraduate students, and interact intellectually with other academic members of the Institute.
  • May contribute to events celebrating the public engagement of science/social sciences/humanities.
  • Develop an awareness of University structures, policies and procedures and relevant issues in the higher education, research, social and political environment.
  • Develop and carry out the specified project using appropriate techniques and equipment as outlined in the person specification.
  • Plan and carry out independent original research encompassing investigations leading to the discovery of new knowledge.
  • Analyse data, interpret and bring new insights.
  • Initiate or participate in inter-disciplinary collaborations as agreed with supervisor.
  • Regular liaison with the Principal Investigators to organise workload and research activities, using appropriate materials, facilities and equipment.
  • Write up research findings for publication and dissemination.
  • Where suitable, present data at international conferences.

Qualifications

  • Excellent (1st/2:1) primary degree, or equivalent international degree.
  • Possession of a doctoral degree in mitochondrial biology/genetics for Associate level or nearing PhD completion for Assistant level.
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