Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Newcastle, Newcastle Upon Tyne (GB)
£35,844 - £40,322
17 Jan 2020
End of advertisement period
16 Feb 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Faculty of Engineering and Environment

City Campus, Newcastle

Contract Type: Fixed term for 7 months

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant (PDRA) specialising in DNA extraction and analysis techniques. The successful candidate is to be employed by Northumbria University to work as a researcher on the NERC funded project ‘The Home Biome Project. DUsty SecreTs (DUST): characterising, communicating and connecting the hidden world within our homes’. The PDRA will contribute to the measurement of functional genes in indoor dust samples, collected as part of citizen science activity, and to the interpretation of these data. The PDRA will work with researchers involved in the network at Health Canada, the University of Minho, the British Geological Survey, the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Newcastle University and the University of the West of Scotland. The PDRA is also expected to lead and/or contribute to dissemination of results in peer-reviewed journals, and at conferences.

The ideal candidate will have expert knowledge of DNA extraction and analysis techniques. Experience in MiSeq and analysis of the data is very important, particularly with respect to AMR genes. Applicants must hold a PhD degree (or close to completion) in Biosciences or related discipline.

The candidate will be based in the Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences at Northumbria University and will be aligned with the Environmental Geochemistry and Ecology research group. The Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences encourages a collaborative and supportive working environment through in-work socialisation and self-supporting events for career advancement.

Northumbria University is located in Newcastle upon Tyne, a city that boasts a friendly culture, rich history, and vibrant arts scene. At your doorstep you can find the beaches along the Northumberland Coast and the hills of Northumberland National Park.

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Prof Jane Entwistle ( or Prof David Pearce (

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.

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

Please note this vacancy will close on 16/02/2020