Senior Lecturer / Lecturer in Forensic Science

Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear (GB)
£35,844 - £51,034
03 Jun 2021
End of advertisement period
04 Jul 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

Northumbria University, Newcastle, is a research rich, business focused professional university with a global reputation for academic excellence. Colleagues are passionate about the principles and applications of science and technology in all its forms and strive to be excellent in research, teaching and innovation. 

Working within the Department of Applied Sciences you will be part of a multidisciplinary team delivering forensic science programmes, forensic research, and related entrepreneurial activities. This will include designing, developing, and delivering high quality teaching provision on the forensic science programmes, undertaking research to produce quality academic outputs, and participating in external activity to generate income and promote the subject area.

We are not necessarily looking for a forensic scientist.  We want an individual that can apply their specialist knowledge and expertise to the problems faced and addressed by forensic science – be that in criminal or other contexts. Forensic Science is an established part of the Department’s portfolio with ten forensic science academics using state-of-the-art facilities including well equipped teaching and research laboratories as well as a 3 storey, bespoke, crime scene house with a separate laboratory and a wet room facility for blood pattern analysis. A recruit to Forensic Science would have a broad scope of collaborative opportunities within the forensic science group, within the Department (which has subject groups in biomedical sciences, chemistry and food sciences) and across faculties to disciplines such as law, criminology and policing.

The Department has 80 academic, 20 research fellows and 40 PhD students working in an intensely cross-disciplinary environment and offers a wealth of research opportunities which could be allied to forensic science, including biochemistry and molecular biology research, a superb array of chromatography and mass spectrometry instrumentation, a microscopy suite including fluorescence and confocal microscopy, a dedicated low copy number DNA analysis laboratory, a high performance computing cluster and dedicated inhouse facilities for metabolomics, proteomics and genomics (including MySeq and PacBio sequencing platforms).

Our research-informed teaching supports all our CSoFS accredited undergraduate and postgraduate Forensic Science programmes. Our Forensic Science Research Group is building a strong research profile and includes a UKRI Future Leaders Fellow in Forens-OMICS. Members of the group have expertise in forensic genetics, proteomics, toxicology, gunshot and explosive residues, fibres, blood pattern analysis, evidence interpretation, archaeology, anthropology and taphonomy.

The successful candidate must hold a first degree and be qualified to doctoral level in a relevant discipline. They will have subject expertise to contribute to our BSc and MSc forensic science teaching with specialist knowledge gained through research, professional practice or consultancy. A proven ability to deliver high quality research-led teaching and evidence of research outputs which are of high quality, consistent with criteria for inclusion in future Research Excellence Framework submissions. In REF 2014 our Departmental profile placed Northumbria in the top 50 Universities for research power.

For informal enquiries about this post, please contact Professor John Dean via email at 

To apply for this vacancy please click 'Apply Now', and submit a covering letter, CV including research /education statements,and grants and publications list. Please highlight your highest quality research outputs (please indicate a rank from 1 to 4) up to a maximum of 4, since 2017.  In addition, candidates are asked to provide copies of the top 2 research outputs (Journal / book chapter /practice-based portfolio).Where possible candidates are asked to combine all of these documents into a single file.

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

We welcome applications from the UK and across the world.Visit our web pages for details about the Information and Support for InternationalColleagues.

Currently, due to COVID-19, academic staff will normally be on campus for approximately two days per week when face to face teaching is scheduled, and as required to undertake research using specialist facilities.  

Please note this vacancy will close on 04/07/2021