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Research Assistant

Faculty of Medical Sciences

Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK


  • Posted on: 11th Jan 2022
  • Salary: Salary starting from £28,756 to £30,497per annum
  • REF: 15562
  • Closes: 18th January 2022
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • 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 starting from £28,756 to £30,497per annum

Closing Date: 18January 2022

The Role

You will be part of a team working to enhance the capability and documentation of CCP4, the world’s most widely used package for computational macromolecular crystallography. You will use your experience in the documentation of crystallographic principles and software to ensure that CCP4 continues to be a widely relevant resource for researchers engaged in determining structures using crystallography and in their subsequent analysis. You will have substantial experience of X-ray crystallography, and of a continuous integration workflow using sphinx/ReStructured Text to maintain attractive documentation. You will additionally have extensive familiarity with the style of CCP4 documentation and a working knowledge of the toolset and substance of existing documentation of the CCP4 suite.

You will be working with the Cell Cycle Structural Biology Group in Newcastle, and closely with the CCP4 development team at the Research Complex at Harwell.

The position is available on a fixed term basis for 8 months, available from 1st March, 2022. For informal enquiries please contact Prof. Martin Noble (martin.noble@ncl.ac.uk)

Information about the Cell Cycle Structural Biology Group can be found at: https://research.ncl.ac.uk/cellcyclestructuralbiology/

Information about the Faculty of Medical Sciences is available at: https://www.ncl.ac.uk/medicalsciences/

As part of our commitment to career development for research colleagues, 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.

Key Accountabilities

  • To develop and carry out an area of personal research.
  • Regularly disseminate findings by taking the lead in preparing materials for publication on a public repository, presenting results at conferences, or exhibiting work at other appropriate events.
  • Collaborate/work with software developers and users in other institutions.
  • Carry out administrative tasks associated with specified research funding, for example risk assessment of research activities, organisation of project meetings and documentation. Implementation of procedures required to ensure accurate and timely formal reporting and financial control.
  • Carry out occasional demonstrating duties within own area of expertise, under the direct guidance of a member of departmental academic staff.
  • You will use contemporary methods to generate standardised documentation for CCP4, especially as it relates to the CCP4i2 interface.
  • You will have experience of working with a distributed group of stake holders to deliver high quality and attractive documentation
  • You will carry out meticulous recording, storage and archiving of your work
  • You will contribute to laboratory meetings e.g. problem solving, internal seminars, journal club.
  • Any other duties as allocated by the line manager following consultation with the post holder.

The Person

Knowledge, Skills and Experience


  • Substantial experience in Sphinx/ReStructured Text workflow to prepare documentation of a crystallographic package
  • Substantial experience with delivery into a widely used software package using the CCP4 stack of package and documentation management tools
  • Familiarity with the substance and documentation of the CCP4 package
  • Familiarity with the principles and practice of macromolecular X-ray crystallography, especially using the CCP4 suite
  • Enthusiastic, flexible and hard working with the ability to work to tight deadlines.
  • Excellent oral communication and writing skills, including the preparation of material for manuscripts.
  • Evidence of capacity to prepare high quality presentations
  • The ability to work both independently and as part of a distributed team.


  • Direct experience of working with software developers to deliver high quality documentation

Attributes and Behaviour

  • Clear commitment to a career in research.
  • Willingness to undertake work outside of normal working hours.
  • Flexibility to participate fully in multi-centre collaborations.


  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in a relevant science subject – preferably chemistry
  • Masters qualification in a relevant subject- desirable

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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