Lecturer in Synthetic Biology

Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK


  • Posted on: 13th Jul 2021
  • Salary: Lecturer
  • REF: 8241
  • Closes: 01st January 1970
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Hours: Full Time

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.

Salary: Lecturer: £35,845 – £44,045 with progression to £49,553 per annum

Senior Lecturer: £51,034 – £54,131 with progression to £59,131 per annum

Closing Date:21 July 2021

The Role

We welcome applicationsyouto join the Interdisciplinary Computing and Complex Biosystems (ICOS) research groupat the School of Computing. Our research directly inspires our teaching in postgraduate degrees, professional courses for industry, and a software focussed undergraduate programme that delivers exceptionally strong outcomes for our students.

The School is a dynamic, friendly community with research, innovation and teaching strengths across the spectrum of computing. You will benefit from being located in the modernUrban Sciences Building, which provides state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities at the heart of the Newcastle Helix site; an innovation hub actively delivering research to market.

ICOS’s subject defining successes are supported through newly refurbished laboratories providing advanced synthetic biology and DNA/RNA nanotechnology research (e.g., microfluidics, laser tweezers, state-of-art DNA sequencing machines, digitally controlled fermenters and growth chambers, liquid handling robots, with an ultraprecise acoustic liquid handler, video-rate atomic force microscopes, programmable milli-fluidic devices, a range of optical microscopes). Facilities will be available to you to underpin and support your own scientific achievements.

You will be expected to publish findings in the highest quality journals, secure you own funding, and forge industry and academic collaborations nationally and internationally. In addition, there is alsothe expectation of delivering courses on ICOS’s innovative postgraduate and undergraduate programmes, including our MSc research led teaching in computational and laboratory approaches to nano-bio engineering in synthetic biology.

You must have a natural talent in creating and developing theories and opportunities in education and research. You must be a confident communicator and a good listened, have the ability to relate to our students, be a role model to learners and junior colleagues and be dedicated to the field.

We are committed to building and maintaining a fair and equitable working environment and we would be happy to discussrequests for arrangements for flexible and/or blended working.

In order to apply for this exciting opportunity, please create a profile and complete the online application form. You must upload a copy of your CV and a separate covering letter. In your covering letter you must comprehensively address how you meet or exceed the criteria of the role.

For all informal enquiries please contact ICOS Directors: Prof. Natalio Krasnogor:Natalio.krasnogor@newcastle.ac.uk),Prof.Anil.Wipat@newcastle.ac.uk

oryou can contact Prof. John Fitzgerald, Head of School via email:comp.hos@ncl.ac.uk.

For more information about the School of Computing, please clickhere

For more information about the Interdisciplinary Computing and Complex Biosystems (ICOS) research group, please click here:https://ico2s.org

Key Accountabilities

  • To complement existing research being undertaken in the Interdisciplinary Computing and Complex BioSystems (ICOS) Research Group generally and in particular to contribute to advance its Synthetic Biology research
  • To research computational and laboratory approaches to nano-bio engineering in synthetic biology and excel in at least one of, but not limited to, e.g. laboratory automation, programmable micro/milli fluidics or other liquid handling techniques, high throughput phenotyping, computational systems and synthetic biology, molecular microbiology, DNA/RNA nanotechnology, etc.
  • To coordinate the integration of all of ICOS computational and laboratory resources
  • To conduct research in the above both independently and as a member of the research group, and to publish the outcome of that research in peer reviewed publications at a 3* (minimum) REF standard
  • To attract funding for research from a range of external sources
  • To contribute to the delivery of the range of computational biology-related degree programmes (including MSc Bioinformatics and, especially, MSc Synthetic Biology)
  • To participate in the management and administration of relevant degree programmes and modules within the School, and where appropriate contribute to the development of new initiatives
  • To contribute to the management and administration of the ICOS Research Group

The Person (Essential)

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Demonstrable success in the delivery of high-quality teaching, support and supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate students, including large and small group teaching and project supervision
  • Evidence of development and delivery of innovative and effective teaching and learning materials
  • Experience of fostering a culture of equality, diversity and inclusion
  • In-depth subject knowledge/expertise in specific area of computational and instrumentation approaches design for synthetic biology
  • In-depth subject knowledge/expertise in complex molecular biosystems
  • Expertise in (wet lab) biochemistry, molecular biology, microbiology and/or DNA/RNA nanotechnology techniques
  • Professional and technical skills in mathematical and computational techniques for synthetic biology including mathematical or computational modelling, bioinformatics
  • Highly proficient programmer
  • Demonstrable ability to secure externally funded grants
  • Consistent publications output at (minimum)3* REF quality peer reviewed international outlets with a demonstrable upwards trajectory
  • Experience with handling, storage, integration and understanding biological data, especially in the area of molecular biology, microbiology or nanotechnology
  • Previous, wet-lab, practical experience in molecular biology, microbiology or nanotechnology
  • Evidence of a rapidly growing international standing
  • Able to meet the University’s standard for submission to the Research Excellence Framework
  • Evidence of success in developing innovative research proposals and securing research funding either in own name or as major contributor to a successful project, with demonstrable potential to secure significant funding in own right from major funding agencies
  • In-depth subject knowledge/expertise in experimental high-throughput techniques (Desirable)
  • Available to work evenings and weekends as external funding agencies deadlines might require (Desirable)

Attributes and Behaviour

  • Ability to initiate collaborative research, and to work across disciplinary boundaries and within multi-disciplinary teams
  • The ability to persuade and influence at all levels in order to foster and maintain relationships, resolving tensions/difficulties as they arise
  • Demonstrable networking skills and the ability to develop productive links with fellow professionals from other organisations and agencies with whom the University interacts, notably representatives of organisations funding or collaborating in research and professional bodies and societies
  • Effective planning, time management and prioritisation skills to balance the potentially conflicting demands of teaching, research and administration; and the ability to meet deadlines
  • A clear, ambitious yet realistic vision for their research that represents a good fit to the ICOS Research Group and wider academic unit
  • Proven delivery of research outcomes to a defined timescale
  • Evidence of success in collaborative research
  • Proven project management skills (Desirable)
  • Potential to mentor junior staff (Desirable)
  • Ability to provide leadership to research or teaching teams(Desirable)
  • Experience and interest in public outreach activities relevant to synthetic biology(Desirable)
  • An international reputation in research(Desirable)
  • Evidence of having initiated interdisciplinary collaborations(Desirable)
  • Evidence of effective management of projects and teams, especially those involving multi-disciplinary teams(Desirable)
  • Track record of successful project completion, on time(Desirable)
  • Proven ability to manage, motivate and coordinate research team, delegating effectively(Desirable)
  • Experience of course development and/or degree programme management(Desirable)


  • PhD award (or equivalent) in Synthetic Biology, Computing Science, Engineering, Microbiology, Nanotechnology or in a discipline closely related to the post
  • Academic teaching qualification (Desirable)

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 communities 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.

The University holds a silver Athena SWAN 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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