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Collaboration opportunities

We are always interested in discussing new opportunities for research collaboration.

We plan to grow the i-sense network into a national centre of excellence over the next five years and we will bring in a broad range of disciplines and expertise to help us realise our research vision. 

If you are interested in collaborating with us, please contact i-sense Communications Officer, Erin Manning (

Job vacancies 

We welcome applications from outstanding and enthusiastic researchers to join i-sense.

Our team is highly interdisciplinary with chemists, biochemists, physicists, engineers, computer scientists, microbiologists, epidemiologists and clinicians, working together on innovative sensing systems for infectious diseases.

We receive a very high number of applications and successful students typically have a First Class degree and research experience. Successful postdocs have a strong publication record. We encourage the most promising researchers to apply for Fellowships (for example, Royal Society, EPSRC, Wellcome Trust) and provide them with the scientific environment and mentorship that they need to become future successful independent investigators.

Current opportunities 

Title: i-sense Intern in Mobile Diagnostics and Machine Learning

Salary: £10.43 per hour; 36.5hours/week

Duration: The intern expected start date will be agreed with Prof McKendry and will last up to three months.

Job Summary:
Applications are invited from talented recent graduates or postgraduate students to join i-sense EPSRC IRC for a paid Internship to develop innovative smartphone connected paper microfluidic diagnostic tests for the emerging infectious diseases in community settings. The interns will have the opportunity to develop their skills by working at the cutting interface of nanotechnology, telecommunications, medicine and public health.

For full job description, please download the PDF below: 

Application procedure: Please email your CV and a Cover Letter detailing your suitability and reasons for applying to Prof Rachel McKendry (


Closing date: Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis up to January 2019.

Title: Research Associate - bioinformatician

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

Duration: The intern expected start date will be agreed with Prof McKendry and will last up to three months.

Job Summary:
We are looking for an experienced bioinformatician to take up a post developing novel computational approaches and software for the detection of antibiotic resistant microorganisms in patient diagnostic samples. You will join a multidisciplinary team of researchers working to develop the next generation of diagnostics for infectious diseases.
You will have or be near the completion of a PhD in computational biology, bioinformatics, computing or closely related fields, and have a track record in bioinformatics with a strong background in molecular microbiology and computing. 
You will have a broad knowledge of genomics and metagenomics with an understanding of the role of evolution in shaping protein function. 
Strong programming and bioinformatics skills are required with a focus on data mining and Web application development, you will have a sound knowledge of computing and software architectures with experience in software development, ideally in Python or Java. 
Excellent communication skills and the ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team is essential. 
Informal enquiries too Professor A Wipat 

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 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. 

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 community 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.  

Application procedure: Please appply here


Closing date: 27 Jan 2019