Assistant Professor/Lecturer in Forensic Science

Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
£37,473 - £53,353
15 Sep 2022
End of advertisement period
07 Oct 2022
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Full Time

Assistant Professor/Lecturer in Forensic Science

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

Ref: HLS/22/13391

Salary: £37,473 - £53,353

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne

Grade: 7 or 6

Closing date: 07/10/2022

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 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.

This advertised role sits in the Department of Applied Sciences, which specialises in biological and chemical sciences, teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students on professionally accredited degrees in the disciplines of Biology, Biochemistry, Biomedical Science, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Food Science & Nutrition and Forensic Science.  We have over 80 academics researching in these areas, working with 60 PDRAs, research fellows and PhD students, and a thriving undergraduate population of approximately 1,500 students.  The Department has a history of impactful inter-disciplinary subject research, often in collaboration with industry and supported through UKRI funding. With 86% of our staff submitted to REF2021, we were delighted to say that 82% of the Department’s publications were rated as internationally excellent and world-leading.  More than 60 colleagues in the Department were part of our REF2021 submission to the Allied Health Unit of Assessment 3 which was ranked 8th (out of 91) in the UK for Research Power.  In addition, our Research Environment was given the highest possible rating of 100% 4* - acknowledging our excellence in this area and state of the art facilities for performing research. Due to the multi-disciplinary nature of our Department, academics were also returned in Units of Assessment for Engineering, Geography & Environmental Studies, and Law thus illustrating the breadth of collaborative opportunities within the Department and wider University.

The Department’s laboratory estate spans four floors of interdisciplinary activity and is recently refurbished providing research laboratory space for analytical and synthetic chemistry, molecular biology, genetics and microbiology.  This includes specific laboratories for genetics, genomics, mass spectrometry, chromatography and materials analysis, and a microscopy suite which is currently undergoing a multi-million pound expansion.  The forensic science programmes specifically benefit from a bespoke, multi-level, crime scene facility that includes a separate laboratory and a wet room for blood pattern analysis.  This is complemented by dedicated high performance computing for bioinformatics and modelling and dedicated, state-of-the-art, in-house facilities for metabolomics, proteomics and genomics (including MiSeq, NextSeq and PacBio sequencing platforms), which enabled this Department to be the North of England representative undertaking analysis and surveillance for the Covid-19 Genomics UK consortium (COG-UK) through the Pandemic.   The Department also hosts the Research England funded Hub for Biotechnology in the Built Environment (HBBE) which seeks to create a transdisciplinary working space for bringing together the latest research and thinking in biotechnology, architecture, and sustainability.

Details of our research groups, innovation units and themes can be found here

The Department is proud to hold an Athena SWAN Bronze award and actively works to support diversity especially in terms of career progression and leadership opportunities. We provide a range of facilities to support your career development such as on-site nursery, funded leadership training courses, action learning support for promotion application, EDI networks, HEA fellowship application training, research mentoring and grant application support.

There are at least two posts available, and we want to recruit from a range of disciplines that are situated in, or allied to, forensic science.  Whilst we are very keen to hear from applicants experienced in the traditional areas of forensic science, such as body fluids analysis, trace analysis or criminalistics, we are equally open to applicants with expertise in areas such as analytical chemistry, analytical biosciences, data science or machine learning whose expertise is suitable to progress our teaching in forensic science and increase our research profile in forensic science and more broadly.

Working within the Department of Applied Sciences, this role involves both teaching and research.  The successful candidate will be part of a multidisciplinary team that teaches undergraduate and postgraduate forensic science students, on programmes accredited by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences. This post will involve designing, developing and delivering innovative and research-informed teaching and supporting our students to achieve their future career aspirations.  In parallel, you will be part of the Department’s research future, with your own academic excellence through high quality publications and income generation from funding applications to external bodies such as UKRI, charities and commercial partners.

To apply for this position, you must hold a first degree and be qualified to doctoral level in a relevant discipline, with specialist knowledge gained through research activity, potentially supplemented by professional practice. A proven ability to deliver high quality teaching, together with an appropriate publication profile is essential, and either a plan to generate external income or a track record of this, depending on current career profile.

For an informal discussion about the post, particularly on whether your subject or experience would be a good fit for us, please contact Dr Sophie Carr, Head of Department for Applied Sciences; email:

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 07/10/2022