Research Assistant / Research Associate / Research Fellow in Microbial Biotechnology

Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear (GB)
£22,646 - £39,609 
14 Jun 2019
End of advertisement period
10 Jul 2019
Academic Discipline
Life sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Research Assistant, Research Associate/ Research Fellow Microbial Biotechnology

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

Ref: HLS/18/1727

Grade:  MISC

Salary: £22,646 - £39,609

Location: City Campus, Newcastle

Closing Date: 10/07/2019

Contract Type: Fixed Term

Working Type: Full Time

The Hub for Biotechnology in the Built Environment (HBBE) is a £8M initiative between Northumbria and Newcastle Universities. HBBE will develop biotechnologies to create a new generation of buildings which are responsive to their environment, grown using engineered living materials, metabolise their own waste, and modulate their microbiome to benefit human health. The Hub is a strategic expansion including 13 new academic staff, supported by 6 PDRAs, 12 PhD students and 3 support staff. This will include 3 new research facilities that will integrate our research: the Micro Bio-Design Lab (Northumbria), the Macro Bio-Design Lab (Newcastle) and a unique Experimental ‘Living’ House, ‘The OME’

We are now seeking to appoint a highly committed, motivated and creative scientist to join the research team under ‘Living Fabrication’ theme. The research aim of this theme is to develop a new generation of bulk, engineered living materials (ELMs), which are intelligently synthesised and/or activated using microbial process.

This project is to create a microbial based ELMs library for building construction.

The post is a fixed term for 36 months. The successful candidate will work closely with architects, material scientists and civil engineers.

You should hold, or being close to completion of a PhD in phage biology/therapy, microbiology, microbial ecology, molecular biology or related subject. You should work well independently but become an important member of a multidisciplinary team. Excellent communication and organization skills are essential.

We welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part-time working or other flexible working arrangements.

Northumbria University is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sectors of the community.

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Dr Meng Zhang on 0191 227 4218 or by email at

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