Post Doctoral Research Associate – Human Developmental Biology Initiative project

Posted 5 months ago

Research Associate

Location: Newcastle, GB
Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  13-Apr-2021

We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.

Salary: £30,942 – £39,152 per annum

Closing Date: 10 May 2021

The Role

You will be responsible to Prof Muzlifah Haniffa, Newcastle University Biosciences Institute, and will work on research funded by the Wellcome Trust on the developing human immune system. You will use your experience to drive forward research within the Human Developmental Biology Initiative which aims to map blood and immune cells development in tissue using cutting edge imaging technologies. You will be located in state-of-art laboratories housed within the Biosciences Institute, Newcastle University and will have access to excellent dedicated core research facilities. Prof Haniffa is focussed on delivering high impact basic and translational research.

The post is full time, fixed term for up to 36 months.

For informal enquiries please contact Prof Muzlifah Haniffa (

Key Accountabilities

  • To be responsible for day-to-day management of experimental work involving imaging and spatial genomics, biochemical and molecular including next generation single-cell sequencing and in vitro (cell culture) and in vivo studies
  • To be responsible for data collection, processing, analysis (including imaging and genomics data analysis), presentation and publications (writing, graph production, image production and presentations at laboratory and institutional meetings, national/international conferences) and curated storage of experimental data
  • To operate as a team member within the research group
  • To facilitate general management and running of the laboratory including routine laboratory cleaning, maintenance, equipment upkeep and ordering of laboratory materials
  • To facilitate other aspects of the Haniffa group in other aspects of its operation, including assisting with student supervision, contribution to laboratory meetings, contribution to web-based activities and contribution to its public engagement activities

The Person (Essential)

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Extensive knowledge of tissue imaging and genomics, with a  publication record
  • Expertise in handling and processing an array of human adult and pre-natal tissues (> 10 tissue types), including the implementation of multiple tissue dissociation protocols
  • Experience in dissection of human tissues, including micro-dissection
  • Knowledge of next generation sequencing with experience in generation, handling and interpretation of single cell RNA sequencing data, reflected in a strong publication record
  • Able to develop, run and analyse flow panels consisting of > 16 fluorophores
  • Expertise in flow sorting, including sort strategy design, bulk and indexed plate-based sorts, and troubleshooting
  • Experience of working in multiple institutes, preferably internationally
  • Experience of presenting at multiple national and international conferences
  • Proficient at data presentation, including generation of publication-quality plots in GraphPad or equivalent, and publication-quality figures in Illustrator or equivalent
  • Proficient at standardising protocols and working procedures, including data collection, and setting up and maintaining databases
  • Experience in immunofluorescence staining and imaging, including snap freezing tissue with liquid nitrogen and cutting tissues

Attributes and Behaviours

  • Highly motivated and driven individual interested in developing a career in academic research
  • Able to work independently but motivated to contribute to the overall research team and develop collaborative interactions with colleagues in the lab
  • Expectation and willingness to work outside normal office hours including weekends and to work away from main laboratory site including national and international collaborative visits


  • A PhD with substantial lab experience

Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains staff from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.

The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality.  The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.

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