Senior Research Assistant in Nutritional Metabolomics

Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear (GB)
£28,981 - £35,223
29 Jun 2022
End of advertisement period
18 Jul 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Senior Research Assistant in Nutritional Metabolomics
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

Job info
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

Ref: HLS/21/13197

Salary: £28,981 - £35,223

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne

Grade: 5

Closing date: 18/07/2022

Contract Type: Fixed Term until 12/01/2025

Working Type: Full Time

The Nutrition & Food Group are a multi disciplinary research team within Northumbria’s Department for Applied Sciences, applying cutting-edge techniques and state-of-the-art facilities to better understand the complex relationship between diet and health.

The European Research Agency Joint Programming Initiative “A Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life”-funded AMBROSIA project (full title: Microbiota-Inflammation-Brain axis in heart failure: new food,biomarkers and AI Approach for the prevention of under nutrition in older adults) aims to develop and test a diet- and supplement-based intervention to improve frailty, inflammation and cognitive function in older adults. The UK component of this project will involve screening of dietary records and metabolomic analysis of biological samples to evaluate intervention efficacy and define response to the intervention. These data will be crucial in driving a machine-learning approach to define novel markers of frailty, under nutrition and/or dietary responsiveness.

As part of this international collaboration, we are now seeking to appoint a highly-committed and motivated postdoctoral scientist to join the Nutrition & Food team at Northumbria University. Applicants should come hold a PhD in Nutrition or related sciences and should have experience of dietary assessment, with additional experience of metabolomic analysis a bonus. You should be able to demonstrate the ability to work independently and as a team member, ideally across academic and industrial partnerships as well as multinational collaborations. Excellent communication and organisation skills are essential. 

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Associate Professor Iain Brownlee via email on

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 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.

If you are successful in your application for this role, you will be employed by Northumbria University Services Limited.  Further details can be found at

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.

Please note this vacancy will close on 18/07/2022