Senior Research Assistant

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    Northumbria University Newcastle
    Biological sciencesBiology
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    Established Researcher (R3)
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
    Leading Researcher (R4)
    27/09/2020 00:00 - Europe/London
    United Kingdom › Newcastle upon Tyne


The Forens-OMICS team, led by Dr Noemi Procopio at Northumbria University, is looking for a highly motivated, self-driven, creative, and interactive scientist, to join the team as a Senior Research Assistant for 18 months, which, subject to satisfactory progress, can be extended up to 40 months of contract.

The successful candidate will work on the Forensic-OMICS project, which has been awarded by Dr Procopio and funded by the prestigious UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship scheme, that consists in the first global application of several "omics" technologies aimed to address ageing phenomena primarily for forensic applications, but also for archaeological ones. The appointed candidate will apply genomics/methylomics, proteomics and metabolomics/lipidomics methodologies to human forensic and archaeological samples; the ultimate goal will be the development of a mathematical model, using machine learning algorithms, able to estimate the time elapsed since death and the chronological age of the victim in a precise and reliable manner. 

The project boasts several outstanding international collaborators such as the directors of two Human Taphonomy Facilities in Tennessee (Dr Dawnie Steadman) and in Texas (Dr Daniel Wescott), several experts in the field of metabolomics applied to decomposing cadavers (Dr Natalie Langley from Mayo Clinic Arizona and Dr Beatrix Dudzik from Lincoln Memorial University Tennessee), and a commercial partner leader in the field of mass spectrometry and data analysis (Waters UK). Principal Investigator on the project is Dr Noemi Procopio, who has strong expertise in forensic taphonomy and in forensic proteomics, whereas Co-Investigator on the project is Dr Edward Schwalbe, who has extensive experience in bioinformatics and in biomarker identification and their integration into routinely-applicable assay development.

Qualified applicants will have a PhD and multiple publications in a peer-reviewed journal. Salary and benefit levels will be commensurate with the experience of the applicant. Candidates with an excellent understanding of molecular biology and/or biochemistry, and with a good understanding of bioinformatics and knowledge of data analysis of large data sets are strongly encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will be an experienced scientist with ideally previous experience in genomics, proteomics and/or lipidomics. Previous experience on research projects including planning, conducting, and leading on the analysis of collected data is essential, as well as on supervising/teaching other team members with various research needs. The candidates should hold, or be close to completion of, a PhD in biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, biotechnology, bioinformatics or related subjects. Additionally, the ability to work on different projects and to prioritise the tasks in response to deadlines, together with outstanding personal initiative and communication skills are required.

The successful candidate will have the chance to work in a multidisciplinary and stimulating environments, the possibility to travel, both in UK and overseas, to conduct fieldwork and to attend conferences and workshops, the opportunity to lead/collaborate on papers and grant writing and to contribute towards planning, organising and running events such as conferences or other academic and public events to maximise networking opportunities and to boost his/her academic career.

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Noemi Procopio at noemi.procopio@northumbria.ac.uk.

To apply for this vacancy please click 'Apply Now', and submit a Covering Letter and your CV, including a full list of publications where relevant and any documents specifically requested in the Role Description and Person Specification, such as a sample of written work or journal article.

If you are successful in your application for this role, you will be employed by Northumbria University Services Limited.  Further details can be found at https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/work-for-us/nu-services-limited/

Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff. We welcome applications from all members of the community. The University holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to improving employment practices for the advancement of gender equality and is a member of the Euraxess network, which delivers information and support to professional researchers.

Please note that if you do not have permission to work in the UK, Northumbria University may not be able to obtain a Certificate of Sponsorship for you to take up this position.

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Salary: £28,553 - £34,702

Offer Requirements


PhD in a relevant area Essential

Strong understanding of Molecular Biology Essential

Strong understanding of Biochemistry Essential

Good understanding of Bioinformatics Desirable

Knowledge and awareness of data analysis of large data sets Desirable

Specific Requirements

Skilled in study design, execution and analysis Essential

Publication/s either published or in press. Essential

Ability to work across different projects Essential

Ability to develop and apply new concepts and have a creative approach to problem-solving Desirable

Demonstrable ability to contribute towards planning, organising and running of conferences and other academic and public events Desirable

Excellent verbal and written communication skills Essential

The ability to teach / support other team members and students with various research needs. Essential

The ability to organise your own work with minimal supervision and prioritise in response to deadlines Essential

Experience of working on research projects, including planning and conducting studies and leading on the analysis of collected data. Essential

Experience in molecular biology Essential

Experience in bioinformatics Desirable

Experience in PCR design, assay development Desirable

Experience in proteomics (either laboratory procedures or data analysis) Desirable

Experience in lipidomics (either laboratory procedures or data analysis) Desirable

Previous research experience at Postdoctoral Level Desirable

Track record of publication in academic journals and conference contributions commensurate with career stage. Essential

Experience of working within multidisciplinary teams Desirable

Experience of supervising/teaching other team members (such as PhD students and undergraduates) with various research needs Essential

Willingness to adapt working patterns if demanded by process parameters Essential

Willingness to travel if necessary Essential

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Northumbria University
United Kingdom
Newcastle upon Tyne

EURAXESS offer ID: 553821


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