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Job Vacancy – Quality Assurance Manager, Newcastle University

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I thought I’d highlight this job to you as another example of the type of role that researchers often consider when moving away from research but wanting to stay within the university.

Quality Assurance Manager
Ref A1148A (CAO)
Faculty/Services Medical Sciences
Department Clinical Academic Office
Job Type Administrative Support
Hours of Work Full time
Salary: £27,578 – £29,249, with progression to £35,938Closing Date: 22 April 2012

The main purpose of the post is to provide leadership and drive in coordinating and maintaining the governance support for research using human tissues, including samples registered under the Newcastle University Human Tissue Authority (HTA) Research Licence and across the Faculty of Medical Sciences. You must be familiar with the full range of HTA codes of practice and the associated legislative and regulatory landscape, working with the Director, Professor Hall, and with the Newcastle Joint Research Office staff.

You must hold a relevant graduate qualification or equivalent experience, together with experience in the management of grants & contracts or pharmaceutical products/device projects management. Experience of working in a research environment is essential, as is having an understanding of R&D regulatory issues, specifically with regard to the HTA.

Experience of working with and influencing senior management is essential, as are excellent communication, networking and negotiation skills, together with strong administrative and organisational expertise.

For informal enquiries please contact either Professor Andy Hall, Director of the Newcastle Biomedicine Biobank ( or Amanda Tortice, Head of Newcastle Joint Research Office ( for further details about the post.



Job Vacancy – Research Team Member, HB Innovations

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Post-Doc/PhD – Research Team Member

HB Innovations – Newcastle upon Tyne

HB Innovations are looking for a highly motivated Post-Doc or PhD graduate to become part of our research and development team, based within the Medical School at Newcastle University. The successful candidate will be expected to become involved in all aspects of our small but very successful company and fulfil research, development and product validation objectives.

Closing Date: 16/03/2012

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne

Person Requirements: We are looking for a dynamic team player with a chemistry/biochemistry (or similar) background, and a keen interest in clinical diagnostic applications.

Degree Discipline: Chemistry, Biochemistry.

How to Apply: Applications (including your current CV) should be e-mailed to:

Making contacts

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Did you know that there are 81 contacts on Graduate Connections who have a PhD? 52 people work in academia; 193 people come up if you type in the search term ‘research’. There are people representing a broad range of  jobs and sectors – so try a search for what interests you.

Never heard of Graduate Connections? It’s an online networking tool provided by Newcastle University Careers Service and available for use by researchers working and studying at Newcastle University. You can read what people have said about their job, sector and career path. You can find out what they like about their job and what is more of a challenge. You can access advice and information already provided and you can contact them directly to ask more questions.  It’s a fantastic networking and research tool – and all the contacts have volunteered to be part of it. If you’re in employment, you could even volunteer yourself!

Careers in Computing Fair – 28th November

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Careers in Computing Fair

Come along and meet over 20 of the UK’s prestigious IT and Software Engineering companies, course providers and professional bodies. The fair is open to all students and graduates, PGR students and Research Staff.

The Venue, Newcastle University Students’ Union

28th November 2011, 12:00 – 15:00

Newcastle students and staff should bring their smartcard for easier and quicker access into the event.

Newcastle Careers in Computing Fair is a national event organised by Newcastle University Careers Service and the School of Computing Science. The event is sponsored by Deloitte. Exhibitors: Accenture, Astrium Geo, Barclays Global Retail Bank, Cambridge Network Ltd, Cerres Limited, Clarity Informatics, Deloitte, FDM Group, First Derivatives Plc, Gavurin, HMGCC, IBM, Imagination Technologies, International Financial Data Services, Logica, NSG Group, Perfect Image, PwC, Sage, Scott Logic, Sunderland Software City, TARGETjobs, Teach First, The Logic Group, Waterstons.

Programming in Scientific Research – Seminars for Newcastle Researchers

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Two Newcastle researchers, Elizabeth Petrie and Matt Wade are planning to run a monthly seminar series along the theme of a recent workshop on programming in scientific research. A specific mailing list is available that will provide you with reminders and allow you to suggest and discuss topics. If you’d like to assist in organising the series or contribute to the seminar programme, contact or . The seminar series will usually take place on the first Tuesday of the month at lunchtime so you are welcome to take your lunch with you!

Parallel Computing, myths and truths;  Dr. Stephen McGough Research Manager, School of Computing Science

Tuesday 4th October at 1pm in the Alnwick room, Kings Road Centre, Newcastle University

“Parallel computing is often shrouded in mystery caused by misunderstandings. This seminar is intended to explain the different types of parallel computing, the sorts of problems that each type is best suited to along with explaining away a number of the misconceptions that send people down the wrong path wasting significant amounts of time and effort. The aim of this seminar is to give you an appreciation of the different types of parallelism and where your problem is likely to fit within this space. This will allow you to target your efforts into the most appropriate approach.”

It will also include a dicussion on the Programming for Researchers resources available within Newcastle University.

The organisers would appreciate an email if you plan to attend, so they have an idea of numbers.

Want to look at a successful grant application?

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Did you know that Research Staff applying for funding can access a library of previously successful grant applications?

Researchers from across the university will have given permission for copies of their successful applications to be made available to you. This could provide you with some insight into what is achieving funding in your field and how you can tweak an application to give you a better chance of success.

More information is available from your faculty based Research Funding Development Manager.


Job Vacancy – Experimental Scientific Officer, Newcastle University

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Salary: £27,428 – £35,788
Closing Date: 11 September 2011
The Bioinformatics Support Unit is a successful cross-Faculty service providing high quality scientific support for a range of bioinformatics projects. You will have experience of a range of Bioinformatics techniques, to work in the Unit on the development and delivery of scientific projects and liaison with relevant academics. You should have at least a first degree in a relevant science related subject and preferably a PhD.  You will have previous experience in bioinformatics support and an understanding of UK research funding procedures.
For an informal discussion on this opportunity, please contact either Dr Simon Cockell (Senior Experimental Scientific Officer), 0191 222 7253,; or Professor Anil Wipat (academic lead), 0191 222 8213,