Professor / Associate Professor in Biological Mass Spectrometry

Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom
21 Jan 2022
End of advertisement period
13 Feb 2022
Contract Type
Full Time

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

Cellular and Molecular Sciences are an integral part of the Department of Applied Science’s research portfolio which was a significant part of the University’s success in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 exercise, placing Northumbria in the top 50 UK universities for research power. Our REF 2021 submission, for which results are still awaited, once again had a significant contribution from academics working in this area.

The Department has particular strengths in biochemistry, chemistry, cell biology, immunology, microbiology, molecular biology and neuroscience, as well as a history of interdisciplinary research, often in collaboration with industry and with UKRI co-funding. We are looking for outstanding candidates that can demonstrate a track record in leading mass spectrometry research, as applied to biological samples of any type, but which would aid collaboratory research within the department’s research portfolio. Applicants will be expected to be able to outline in their applications their plans on how their research and expertise would extend and complement the Department’s research portfolio and build upon its existing research strengths.

The Department has state-of-the-art facilities for research, including recently refurbished, well-equipped laboratories for biochemistry and molecular biology, chemistry, microbiology, and tissue culture lab.  The post holder will have access to state-of-the-art mass spectrometry instrumentation including an Orbitrap ID-X, Time-of-Flight, Ion Trap and Quadrupole-based mass spectrometers, and associated separation techniques including GC, HPLC, GPC and ion mobility spectrometry. to The department also has a suite of elemental analysis equipment including inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy and X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy. The department also possesses a microscopy suite that includes fluorescence, laser, polarised light, confocal and infra-red microscopy with the expectation of significant expansion in cellular imaging techniques. This is complemented by a dedicated Multi-Omics facility including; genomics (Illumina, Oxford Nanopore and Pacific Biosciences platforms), metabolomics and proteomics (Thermo Orbitrap ID-X Tribid and Q-exactive Mass Spectrometers) allied to dedicated high-performance computing.

Supporting 80 academics, 20 research fellows and 40 PhD students, the multi-disciplinary breadth and depth of the Department provides extensive opportunities for forming collaborative working relationships for new colleagues. Details of our research groups and themes can be found here. The Research England funded Hub for Biotechnology in the Built Environment (HBBE) at Northumbria University has brought significant investment in new staff and facilities demonstrating the Department’s commitment to ground-breaking transdisciplinary research.

Working within the Department of Applied Sciences, your role will involve both teaching and research. As a senior academic colleague, you will assist the Department Leadership Team to maintain, enhance and improve the University’s national and international reputation in your academic field. You must demonstrate continuing academic attainment and achievement. You will also provide academic leadership (of your subject and associated colleagues), through active contribution to your discipline and to the life and work of the Department and the wider University.

To be successful in this role you will have externally recognised research outputs of a quality that are internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour, and demonstrable success in securing research funding. You should also demonstrate academic leadership experience, strong standing with external bodies and networks in your field and a detailed plan for future external funding acquisition

For informal enquiries about this post, please contact Professor Justin Perry – email:

To apply for this vacancy please click ‘Apply Now’, and submit a covering letter, a CV that includes your research focus, areas that you can teach across all our undergraduate and postgraduate bioscience courses, any current or planned funding applications and a full publication list. Please highlight your highest quality research outputs up to a maximum of 4.  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 Relocation Assistance Scheme 

Please note this vacancy will close on 13/02/2022