Assistant Professor/Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Sciences

Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear (GB)
£37,473 - £53,353
14 Sep 2022
End of advertisement period
16 Oct 2022
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Sport Science
Contract Type
Full Time

Assistant Professor/Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Sciences

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

Ref: HLS/22/13372

Salary: £37,473 - £53,353

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne

Grade: 7 or 6

Closing date: 16/10/2022

Contract Type: Permanent

Working Type: Full Time

Northumbria is a research-intensive modern university with a global reputation for academic excellence.

Ranked in the UK top 50 (Guardian University League Table 2022 and Complete University Guide 2023), Northumbria recorded the biggest rise of any UK university for research power in the Research Excellence Framework (REF2021) for the second time in 2021 and is now rated within the top 25 in the UK.

At Northumbria, we embrace tomorrow. We pursue new thinking, forge new partnerships, create and exchange new knowledge, and find new solutions. Our inspirational academics, partners and students work together to tackle tomorrow’s challenges head on. We are ready for the future whatever it may hold. We are looking for future colleagues that share our ambition.

Ranked top 5 in the UK for research power (REF2021), the Department of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation is a vibrant and inclusive department, where staff are supported to make positive impacts on our students, through research-enriched curricula, and beyond academia, through World leading research. 

Our research sits under the three intersecting themes of (1) Optimising Human Performance, (2) Promoting and Preserving Health and Wellbeing, and (3) Informing Practice and Policy. Particular areas of excellence include the musculoskeletal and neuromuscular adaptations to, and recovery from, exercise, the role of sport and exercise in the achievement and maintenance of optimal human performance in high-performing populations (e.g. elite athletes, military personnel, and astronauts), the use of functional foods to aid recovery from sport and exercise, the micro-political dimensions of sportswork, and the role of exercise in the management of chronic health conditions. 

Our research and education are facilitated by strong internal collaboration and external relationships, with funding received from a range of sport national governing bodies and clubs (e.g. EIS, TASS, Newcastle United FC, Queens Park Rangers FC, Sunderland AFC, England Athletics), national/international organisations (e.g. Health Education England, UK Space Agency, Medical Research Foundation, National Institutes for Health Research, European Commission, European Space Agency), and industry (e.g. Cherry Marketing Institute, Danu Sports, Naturex, GlaxoSmithKline).

Working within the Department of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation, you will provide expertise in the area of Sport and Exercise Sciences. Applications are welcome from any discipline within this broad field, but are particularly encouraged in the areas of sport and exercise nutrition, biomechanics, human applied physiology, and sport and exercise psychology.  The post holder will undertake and publish high-quality collaborative research that is used to enrich the education of our students.  It is also expected that the post holder will participate in external activity to generate income and promote the subject.

Applicants should hold a first degree and be qualified (or exceptionally soon to be qualified) to doctoral level in a relevant subject, having expertise and specialist knowledge gained through demonstrable research excellence. A proven ability to deliver high quality research-enriched education within an appropriate field, alongside a strong research profile, is essential for this role.  As holders of an Athena Swan Bronze Award, we are committed to embedding equality, diversity and inclusion within our culture, and we encourage a flexible approach to work for our staff.

For informal enquiries about this post please contact the Head of Department, Professor Nick Caplan ( or Head of Subject for Sport and Exercise Sciences, Dr Penny Rumbold (

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 documents into a single file.

Northumbria is one of the largest universities in the UK with over 37,000 students from 137 countries. Putting students at the heart of an outstanding experience, and with world-leading research and award-winning partnerships, Northumbria is a new kind of excellent university.  Discover more about us

Northumbria University is a great place to work.  We empower our exceptional people to achieve shared ambitions and promote a positive work life balance.  To say thank you, we offer a wide range of benefits including excellent pension schemes, flexible working, a generous holiday entitlement, continued commitment to your learning and development and more.

We are an on-campus organisation where colleagues work regular patterns of hours and on campus, with some flexibility on the timing of their hours and the location of their work in discussion with their manager. 

Northumbria University is committed to creating an inclusive culture where we take pride in, and value, the diversity of our staff.  We encourage and welcome applications from all members of the community.  The University holds a bronze Athena Swan award in recognition of our commitment to advancing gender equality, we are a Disability Confident Employer, a member of the Race Equality Charter and are participating in the Stonewall Diversity Champion Programme.  We are also a member of the Euraxess network, which delivers information and support to professional researchers. The University has implemented a range of flexible working arrangements, and we are happy to explore candidate requirements as part of the recruitment process.  

We welcome applications from the UK and across the world. Visit our web pages for details about Relocation Assistance

This post is advertised across our Assistant Professor and Lecturer roles (role descriptions are attached). Colleagues appointed into our Lecturer grade are usually early career academics who are supported through their probationary period to develop their Academic profile. Upon completion of probation objectives these colleagues are automatically moved into the Assistant Professor role.  The selection panel will assess your application and discuss with you which role you are being considered for at selection and appointment stages.  

Please note this vacancy will close on 16/10/2022