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Senior Research Assistant

Health Sciences & Wellbeing - School of Nursing and Health Sciences

Location:  Sunderland Campus
Salary:  £25,910 to £31,784 per annum
Fixed Term for 24 months
Hours per Week:  37
Closing Date:  Monday 28 June 2021
Reference:  0138-21
Further details:    Job Description    

The Faculty of Health Sciences and Wellbeing brings together a variety of disciplines and educational programmes, with a new vision and redefined strategic ambitions designed to take advantage of the ever-changing higher education landscape. Extensive and ongoing refurbishment of the Sciences Complex has seen significant investment in biological science/pharmaceutics laboratories providing world-class research facilities and a superb learning environment.

We are seeking to recruit a Senior Research Assistant for a 24-month fixed-term post in the field of diabetes to work in a world-leading research group at the intersection of cell biology, clinical research, and public health. You will join the laboratory of Dr Matthew Campbell, based at the Sciences Complex at the University of Sunderland City Campus, with close working and travel to the Leeds Institute for Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine (University of Leeds) and participating NHS centres in Sunderland and Leeds.

We run programmes of basic, clinical, and translational science focusing on developing a better understanding of biological systems and mechanisms of disease, and their relationships to improve clinical outcome and public health. The projects typically involve cellular biology techniques, human clinical trials, bioinformatics/computational biology, and big data digital healthcare. The appointed researcher will be expected to have expertise and specialise in one of these areas.

As a dedicated Senior Research Assistant for the group, you will take initiatives in the planning and conduct of research, data analysis, and dissemination of research findings. Based on the input from researchers of the Group, a key element of the role will be in helping to plan experiments in collaboration with wet-lab and clinical trial researchers in order to ensure suitable experimental and analysis plans are in place. You will be required to maintain accurate and complete records for study information and study findings and to provide discipline-specific assistance and oversight to communicate their workflow and a breakdown of their experiments/analysis to a wide range of health scientists and practitioners that may not have a large amount of discipline-specific expertise. You may also be required to collaborate with other allied scientists within and beyond the University as appropriate, and travel to, and work from our collaborating centres as necessary.

To be considered for this post you must be educated to degree level or equivalent in an appropriate biological science or computational discipline and have a good knowledge of cellular and/or systems biology within the context of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. You must have excellent verbal and written communication skills and be able to demonstrate a keen ability to develop and apply new concepts and have a creative approach to problem-solving.

For an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact Dr Matthew Campbell via email:

Please note that this vacancy is also being advertised to staff eligible for redeployment via the University redeployment portal.  Applicants who are eligible for redeployment will be interviewed before any other external candidates are considered.

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Please note that this role is not eligible for the Skilled Worker Route in accordance with the Home Office Points Based Immigration System. Should you require further information, please visit the Home Office website

The University of Sunderland is proud to be an equal opportunities employer, treating all applicants equally and ensuring recruitment is based on merit. However we particularly welcome applications from black and minority ethnic candidates as they are underrepresented within the University of Sunderland at this level/in this area.

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