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Newcastle University is a great place to work, with excellent benefits. We have a generous holiday package; plus the opportunity to buy more, great pension schemes and a number of health and wellbeing initiatives to support you.

The role

We are looking for a Research Assistant/Associate to join our Fluid Dynamics and Thermal Systems research group in the School of Engineering at Newcastle University. You will benefit from having access to cutting-edge expertise and state-of-the-art research facilities.

Project ‘VELVET’: Evaluating the aspiration efficiency and field of fluidic effect during vitrectomy, is funded by BVI who are a growing ophthalmic company that is committed to developing end-to-end innovative products to support surgeons and their healthcare staff to provide the best care to their patients. Vitrectomy (i.e., removal of the vitreous gel from the eye) is an established and effective therapy for a range of blinding retinal diseases including retinal detachment and macular pucker.

The number of operations carried out is rapidly rising; it is one of the fastest growing surgeries in the UK. Using Hospital Episode Statistics, the number of vitrectomies carried out in the UK has risen from 22,000 in 2010 to over 35,000 per annum in 2019, and over 1 million globally.

Project ‘VELVET’ will develop a deeper physical understanding on the complex fluid dynamics during vitrectomy, leading to safer and improved surgery. You will conduct particle image velocimetry (PIV) measurements in a laboratory setting during vitrectomy in Newtonian and non-Newtonian fluids. This will be an exciting, fast-paced interdisciplinary research project where you will have multiple opportunities to observe retina surgery in the clinical setting at Newcastle Hospitals and will interact closely with BVI’s R&D team.

This position is full time (37 hours per week) on a fixed term basis, available immediately for 24 months. Please note that if you are successful to this role, you will require medical clearance before you can commence in the role. To apply, please upload a CV and letter of application which outlines how you can evidence the requirements in the job description.

As part of our commitment to career development for research colleagues, 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.

About us

Newcastle University is a global University where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. As a University of Sanctuary, we aim to provide a welcoming place of safety for all, offering opportunities to people fleeing violence and persecution.

We are committed to being a fully inclusive university which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues from all sectors of society. We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all of our employees and the communities they represent. We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from individuals who can complement our existing teams, we believe that success is built on having teams whose backgrounds and experiences reflect the diversity of our university and student population.

At Newcastle University we hold a silver Athena Swan award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. We also hold a Race Equality Charter Bronze award in recognition of our work towards tackling race inequality in higher education REC. We are a Disability Confident employer and will offer an interview to disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the role as part of the offer and interview scheme.

In addition, we are a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.