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Vice-Chancellor's Fellowship, Biological Aspects of Human Health, Behaviour, and Performance

Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear (GB)
£45,584 to £66,856, Competitive
Closing date
8 Jan 2024

Job Details

We are seeking exceptional academic colleagues, at all career stages, who have research plans which will have an extraordinary impact on our disciplines and our research landscape of collaborative groups, interdisciplinary research themes, and recognised research peaks. 

Appointed into a permanent Academic position commensurate with your academic standing and experience, you will hold the title of Vice Chancellor’s Fellow for the first three years of your Northumbria career. During this time, you will be supported to undertake independent and collaborative research, delivering an agreed research plan to make a significant contribution to the research profile of the University. Further information about the role is available in the Vice-Chancellor's Fellow role outline.


To be considered for this prestigious opportunity you must demonstrate academic excellence, evidenced through your role in the production of world-leading research outputs and have experience of winning grant funding (appropriate to discipline and career stage). In addition, you must demonstrate a clear research plan for the period of the Fellowship.

Applied SciencesPsychology, and Sport, Exercise, and Rehabilitation are large departments with multiple and diverse research strengths which form an integrated research ecosystem, located together on our City Campus. Researchers in these departments investigate human biology, health, and performance at every level ranging from molecules and cells to bodies and minds. The facilities underpinning this research in Applied Sciences include state-of-the-art equipment for DNA sequencing as well as metabolomics, lipidomics, and proteomics. Our cell culture facilities enable studies of stem cells and organoids and are supported by an advanced microscopy suite. Facilities in the Department of Psychology include the Brain, Performance, and Nutrition Research Centre, the Northumbria Centre for Sleep Research, and the Psychology and Communication Technology Lab. Recent capital investment in Department of Psychology research facilities has delivered new state-of-the art psychobiology, motion capture, VR, EEG and eye tracking labs. Within Sport, Exercise, and Rehabilitation there are state of the art laboratories which enable research to address cutting edge questions across the discipline. Between the departments, Nutran acts as a hub for studying the effects of nutrition on human health and performance.

In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF2021) Northumbria University had the biggest rise in research power ranking of any UK university. Its research power ranking rose to 23rd place amongst UK universities. Together with our neighbour institutions in Newcastle and Durham, we now form the largest concentration of researchers outside London, creating a northern research powerhouse. The University’s largest submission, Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing, and Pharmacy (UoA 3), received top 4* rating for research environment and 8th ranking nationwide for research power. Psychology, Psychiatry, and Neuroscience (UoA 4) achieved 15th position for research power whilst Sport and Exercise Sciences, Leisure, and Tourism (UoA 24) was ranked 5th.

We are now seeking to further enrich our research by recruiting future research leaders within the wider area of Biological aspects of human health, behaviour, and performance at the level of Assistant, Associate, or (exceptionally) full Professor. Priority areas include, but are not limited to:

  • The role of nutrition in physical health, performance, brain function, and behaviour
  • Biomedical sciences, including cancer biology, medical microbiology and microbiomics, biology of specific diseases, phage biology and virology
  • Athletic performance, including the biology of the female athlete
  • Sleep and chronobiology

For an informal discussion prior to application, please contact Rachel Wilson (, who will put you in contact with the right research leadership team.


To apply for this vacancy please click ‘Apply Now’  Your application should include a covering letter, CV and a two page ‘Research Plan’ which outlines how you would use the Fellowship period and including details of anticipated outputs, income and impact. Please ensure your CV includes research / education statements, and grants and publications list, highlighting your highest quality research outputs up to a maximum of 4. For your most recent grants please include the grant title, funder reference, funder, amount and your role.  In addition, candidates are asked to provide copies of their top 3 research outputs (Journal article / book chapter /practice-based portfolio). 

To support you in preparing your application below are the standard Job Descriptions and Person Specifications for Academic roles at Northumbria.  Appointments will be made to the Academic role and grade the selection panel believe are commensurate with individuals Academic experience and profile.

Assistant Professor (£45,584 - £56,021)
Associate Professor (£57,695 - £66,856)
Professor (Competitive) 

Some roles may be exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and therefore successful candidates may be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check.

If you require any additional information about the application process, or would like an informal discussion about the the opportunities, please contact Kathryn Atton, HR Adviser at

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


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. 

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

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 also hold the HR Excellence in Research award for implementing the concordat supporting the career Development of Researchers and are members of the Euraxess initiative to deliver 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.  

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