Job description


  • Entry level
  • No Education
  • Salary to negotiate
  • Newcastle upon Tyne


Salary: £27,831-£29,515 per annum (PhD Near Completion – Research Assistant)
Salary: £30,395-£39,610 per annum (PhD Awarded—Associate Level)

Closing date: 11 August 2019.

We are advertising for a Research Assistant/Associate who will lead on the development of a new type of computational model integrating data from individual genes to forces through large volumes of material and living cells – visualising the 3D results of our Synthetic Biology system at multiple scales.

We are looking for a creative, highly motivated and adaptable computational modelling specialist with excellent numerical skills and expertise using relevant computational modelling languages. The appointee will join one of the UKs leading groups on Biotechnology for the Built Environment and work alongside Designers, Engineers and Biologists.

Imagine a column of sand saturated with billions of engineered bacteria cells. As a force is applied to the top of the column, bacteria in the sand detect an increase in the pressure. The bacteria respond by synthesising a new biological material to bind the grains together and resist the load. The resulting structure would consist of a material where sand grains are only cemented where the forces through the material require. Our research proposes a proof of concept to show how we might design a manufacturing process where the material itself acts as manufacturer and designer, modelling and responding to its environment.

An initial pilot project was run, which attracted wide coverage across scientific and popular media, including Science, The Times and Mail Online and we now have funding from the EPSRC for a 3 year version.

Please be advised that due to the minimum salary threshold of £30,000 per annum imposed by the UKVI, this post may not qualify for University sponsorship under Tier 2 of the points based system.

The post is full-time and fixed term for 18 months, beginning as soon as possible after the interviews have been held.

We request the standard application documents (including CV and cover letter) indicating your skills, knowledge and fit for the project.

Informal enquiries: Martyn Dade-Robertson -

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