KTP Skin Molecular Biologist Position Now Open!

Based at Labskin UK, York and Newcastle University, the right candidate will lead a Knowledge Transfer Partnership project to develop a controlled methodology for modulation and immunology response to UV exposure on 3D tissue models and the associated microbiome.

Candidates educated to Post-doctoral Degree level with in depth experience in bioenergetic metabolism together with core skills including use of UVR and infrared sources and dose regimes, DNA (nuclear and mitochondrial) damage assay design, oxidative stress measurement, measuring mitochondrial function using the Seahorse bioanalyser and advanced human cell culture are preferred. Candidates with a Master’s Degree will be considered.


  • The opportunity to undertake a Higher Degree, if appropriate
  • Attendance at two residential managerial workshops (each of one week’s duration)
  • £4,000 individual training budget
  • The opportunity to lead a project, develop project management skills and improve long term career prospects
  • Management training and mentoring by an Innovate UK KT Adviser
  • Full access to university resources to complete the project

The KTP Associate will be an employee of Newcastle University but to carry out the objectives of the project, will be required to spend the majority of their working time at the company’s premises in York and as required at Newcastle University. Although the contract is fixed-term for a duration of 2 years, more than 70% of KTP staff receive a permanent job offer by their KTP company.

The position and start date are subject to the receipt of the confirmation of funding.

As part of the 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.

Key Accountabilities

  • On boarding to the project including laboratory specific and work space induction, familiarisation with the business context within which the KTP will develop a new methodology
  • Investigate, learn and establish varying assays, transfer and embed the established methods within the company
  • Determine the conditions and protocols for measuring mitochondrial function using the Seahorse bioanalyser
  • Determine the conditions for the 3D skin culture model and analyse using software
  • Disseminate and embed the knowledge within Labskin throughout the KTP via reports, presentations, group discussions, staff training (on-line training and webinars)
  • Throughout the project present findings to stakeholders and prepare full documentation
  • Prepare technical case studies for use in marketing materials
  • Disseminate research via scientific publications, present at conferences and seminars

The Person (Essential)

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Experience in bioenergetic matabolism is essential (experience with on skin microbiology/microbiome would be desirable)
  • Use of UVR and infrared sources and dose regimes, DNA (nuclear and mitochondrial) damage assay design and advanced human cell culture
  • Experience of working in a research laboratory and used to working to time sensitive milestones
  • Proven experience of input to scientific publications and carrying out presentations
  • Good technical, scientific and academic writing skills
  • Good attention to detail and awareness of the importance of data quality and reliability
  • Strong data analysis and visualisation skills
  • Evidence of commercial awareness

Attributes and Behaviour

  • An enthusiastic highly capable individual to embrace the challenges of a project
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate at all levels to different stakeholder groups
  • The ability to work independently and collaboratively with colleagues
  • Personal motivation and drive
  • Excellent organisational and planning skills
  • Ability to prioritise and work to tight deadlines


  • PhD or Master’s Degree

To apply for this position, please click here.

Labskin deliver human skin microbiology services to support product R&D activities in the cosmetic, personal care, medical device and pharmaceutical sectors. With their sector experience and use of technology, you will be accessing industry-focused services supported by world-leading skin science expertise.

For more information or informal enquiries, please contact Mark Birch-Machin, Mark.Birch-Machin@ncl.ac.uk

For further information on the Translational and Clinical Research Institute, please visit the web page here.

For further details about Knowledge Transfer Partnerships please visit the web page here.