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Research Associate Clinical Pharmacology Newcastle GB Job at Newcastle University


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: Research Associate: £30,942 - £40,322 per annum


Closing Date: 15 January 2021

The Role


We have an exciting opportunity for a Research Associate position within the Newcastle Cancer Centre Pharmacology Group at the Newcastle University Centre for Cancer. The post is funded by Cancer Research UK, under the supervision of Professor Gareth Veal.


You will have experience in drug quantification assay development or be looking to develop interests in pharmacokinetics in a cancer setting and a desire to further develop your research career in this area.


You will be required to plan and carry out the development and validation of novel assays (LC-MS, molecular biology, ELISA) to facilitate the analysis of clinical trial samples. All work will be carried out according to GCLP regulations, in which you will ideally have some experience.


As part of our commitment to career development for research staff, the University has developed 3 levels of research role profiles.  These profiles set out firstly the generic competences and responsibilities expected of role holders at each level and secondly the general qualifications and experiences needed for entry at a particular level.


This is a full time, fixed term post, available until 31.03.2022.


Informal enquries can be forwarded to


Key Accountabilities


  • Development and validation of assays for the quantification of anticancer drugs and in early phase clinical trials

  • Generation of assay validation plans and reports

  • Analysis of samples collected during clinical trials

  • Working according to GCLP practices

  • Independent planning and communication of experimental strategies

  • Independent analysis and interpretation of experimental data

  • Presentation of results in peer-reviewed publications and at scientific conferences

  • Contributions to laboratory meetings, e.g. problem solving, internal seminars, journal club

  • Performing risk assessments and maintaining safety laboratory records (e.g. COSHH) in consultation with academic staff

  • Assistance in the supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate students

  • Organisation and assistance in general laboratory duties, e.g. equipment maintenance, stores



The Person


Knowledge, Skills and Experience


  • High level analytical skills

  • Excellent problem solving abilities

  • Strong commitment to the study of clinical pharmacology

  • Team-working skills within multidisciplinary research teams

  • Commitment to continuing professional development

  • Good IT and computing skills

  • Good communication and presentation skills

  • Substantial experience in assay development (LC/MS and/or ELISA approaches)

  • Experience of handling clinical samples


  • Experience in working to GCP standards

  • Publication record in peer-reviewed journals

  • Presentation of work at scientific meetings


 Attributes and Behaviour


  • Clear commitment to a career in cancer research

  • Willingness to work flexible hours if required




  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in a relevant science subject – preferably biomedical

  • PhD in clinical pharmacology, cancer research or other relevant area


  • Some level of GCP and/or GCLP training or knowledge




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.


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


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