NUAcT Fellow in Medical Research

Faculty of Medical Sciences

Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK


  • Posted on: 11th Nov 2021
  • Salary: £42,149.00 - £50,296.00 per annum
  • REF: 13890
  • Closes: 10th January 2022
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Hours: Full Time, Part 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: £42,149.00 – £50,296.00 per annum

Closing Date: 10/01/2022

Rosetrees and Stoneygate Trusts NUAcT Fellow in Medical Research

Developing a new generation of creativity, excellence and diversity

Please click here todownload the candidate briefing pack for full details on how to apply for this vacancy

Please note we will only consider applications which have attached all the supporting documents listed within the candidate briefing pack.

Rosetrees and Stoneygate Trusts NUAcT Fellow in Medical Research

The Rosetrees and Stoneygate Trusts

The Rosetrees and Stoneygate Trusts have provided funding to appoint a NUAcT Fellow with an outstanding research background in medical research within the Faculty of Medical Sciences at Newcastle University. The Fellowship can be in any area of medical research that has a clear vision towards patient benefit. This will be the second Fellowship supported by the Rosetrees and Stoneygate Trusts in the Faculty of Medical Sciences.

The Rosetrees Trust is a private UK charity founded in 1987 by Nat and Teresa Rosenbaum. It has been supporting cutting edge medical research for more than 30 years and aims to improve the health and wellbeing of society by supporting projects from seedcorn ‘out of the box’ research ideas to large awards, many with co-funders.

Today, Rosetrees is headed by Nat and Teresa’s son, Richard Ross, who was awarded the Spear’s Philanthropist of the Year Award in 2011 and a CBE in the 2021 Queen’s New Year’s Honours List. Richard has applied his father’s lateral thinking approach to allow many early scientific ideas to evolve. He is supported by a small, highly skilled team and advised by experts in all areas of research. Together, they are committed to finding, funding and following the best medical ideas, advised by some of the UK’s leading scientists.

Their research is focused on 3 key areas – risk and prevention, screening and diagnosis, and treatment of human disease. Under this Fellowship, high-quality translational research that has a clear vision towards patient benefit, will be funded and supported. The trust currently fund projects from pre-clinical research exploring molecular mechanisms of human disease through to clinical pilot studies in patients.

The trust funds early career researchers through to more senior investigators up to professors with an established track record. They work with academics, Royal Colleges, philanthropic organisations and businesses to achieve their goals.

This NUAcT award is co-funded by The Stoneygate Trust, a self-funded charity set up in 2007 by Will and Nadine Adderley. It is a multi-purpose charity with a particular focus on medical research and helping to support equal educational opportunities to economically disadvantaged children and students.

NUAcT Fellowship Scheme

The NUAcT Fellowship scheme provides opportunities for talented post-doctoral researchers to undertake a five-year fixed-term fellowship, with the expectation of an open-ended faculty appointment to follow. We are looking to appoint 100 fellows over five years.

Successful candidates will have a strong track record for their career stage, be excellent collaborators and have the potential and vision to develop into independent researchers who can become internationally recognised in their field. Each fellow will be well supported and resourced, to help them develop their research and careers. It is expected that Fellows will establish a distinctive profile in their discipline within five years, leading to an ongoing academic career at Newcastle University.

Once appointed, Fellows are allocated a line manager and will be supported to develop their bespoke research proposal and personal development plan. Fellows will also be allocated a mentor who is external to their line management who will support them with different aspects of their career. Fellows will have opportunities to work with colleagues in different disciplines across the University and beyond and will become part of a University-wide network of talented early career researchers.

NUAcT Fellows will be role models for EDI (Equality, Diversity & Inclusion), helping to make Newcastle University a dynamic, modern and inclusive place to work. EDI is one of the University’s core values. We are committed to academic excellence, equality of opportunity to succeed, valuing individual differences and the benefit this brings to the pursuit of academic excellence. We will continue to develop a fully inclusive University community which recruits and retains staff and students from all sectors of society, ensuring that they can be developed within a positive and supportive culture and encouraged to flourish and reach their potential.

The Offer

A competitive start-up package will be offered:

  • Five years’ salary (or five years’ FTE equivalent if working part time)
  • Initial fixed term appointment with progression to an open-ended contract subject to review
  • Research expenses (up to £50k, subject to research programme needs)
  • Funding for a 3-year PhD student associated with the research
  • Dedicated mentors with extensive research expertise and significant project management experience
  • The opportunity to join and participate in our world-class interdisciplinary research centres
  • Extensive training opportunities including a bespoke personal development plan
  • Peer support from a cross disciplinary cohort of talented early career researchers

The Post of: Rosetrees and Stoneygate Trusts NUAcT Fellow in Medical Research

We will appoint a Fellow conducting outstanding medical research that has a clear vision towards patient benefit. We seek someone who is innovative and visionary, capable of working collaboratively with colleagues and providing leadership and inspiration to those around them. You will help the University grow its capability in medical research with translational potential.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • To plan and carry out independent, original medical research, leading to high quality outputs, impact and successful applications for research funding.
  • To initiate and participate in interdisciplinary collaborations, both within and beyond the group, that enable cutting-edge research.
  • To provide guidance and career support to other colleagues and students, including high quality supervision of PhD students, and students undertaking taught programmes.
  • To develop a balanced profile of activities that includes research-led teaching and contributions to the working environment. Whilst the focus of this position is on carrying out independent research, aptitude and enthusiasm for teaching is expected
  • To contribute to a positive and inclusive research environment, and actively support the University’s equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) agenda.
  • To support the careers of others, including providing high quality mentoring and supervision for other staff and students.


Progression to an open-ended contract will be subject to formal review in line with the following criteria:

  • Maintaining a trajectory to become an internationally recognised researcher, for example:
    • high quality publications or other substantive outputs appropriate to your field
    • the ability to secure external funding to grow your research
    • invitations to conferences and events outside Newcastle University
    • fostering external collaborations and partnerships
  • Contribution to the academic mission of the University, for example:
    • development of research-led teaching activities
    • supporting the running of key services
    • organisation of outreach events or strategic impact activities with colleagues in Academic Unit and the wider University
  • Commitment to creating a supportive and inclusive research culture, for example:
    • mentoring and supervising students and more junior staff, and helping to develop the careers of others
    • leading or contributing to EDI initiatives

Person Specification

Knowledge, Skills and Experience


  • A clear vision and plan for developing an independent research programme including plans to attract external research funding.
  • A successful track record of developing and delivering research commensurate with career stage.
  • Understanding of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion agenda and how the behaviours of individuals can contribute to a positive research culture.


  • Experience of collaborative working, for example, through working with different researchers or research groups, or with other partners beyond academia such as industry, policy makers or community partners.
  • Understanding how to maximise the impact of research, including through outreach, engagement, and partnership building activities.
  • Experience of delivering research-led teaching and supporting the careers of others, for example, through mentoring and supervision.

Attributes and Behaviours


  • Willingness to participate in collaborating teams and openness to work in an inter-disciplinary way.
  • Desire to contribute to a positive research culture aligned to the University’s four Guiding Principles and its Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy.
  • Willingness to contribute to broader activities that fall within the typical remit of an academic member of staff such as membership of committees, involvment in working groups, EDI activity, outreach, etc.
  • Willingness to develop others, for example, through teaching, mentoring, and supervision.
  • Motivation to contribute to and benefit from the NUAcT cohort activities.



  • PhD (or equivalent) in a relevant area of research.

How to apply

Please click here to download the candidate briefing pack for full details on how to apply for this vacancy.

Further details on the NUAcT scheme can be found at

For informal enquires contact Liz Wood or Eve Cosgrave:

Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues 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.

We understand how important the full employment package is to our colleagues at Newcastle University and we are committed to providing a great range of benefits and discounts for all. You can learn more about what is available here on ourBenefitsWebsite page.

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