Research Fellow, Centre for Experimental Medicine

Belfast, Northern Ireland
£33,797 to £36,914 per annum.
Wednesday, 9 October 2019
End of advertisement period
Wednesday, 30 October 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Application closing date 30/10/2019  
Salary £33,797 to £36,914 per annum.  
Job category/type Research

Job description

Queen's University Belfast is one of the leading universities in the UK and Ireland and is a member of the Russell Group of UK research-intensive universities. Queen's combines excellence in research and education with a student centred ethos. We have over 24,000 students, 4,200 staff and an annual turnover of some GBP 300m. We offer generous terms and conditions of employment underpinned by excellent benefits including attractive well-being, family friendly and other lifestyle benefits.

Our five core values - Integrity, Connected, Ambition, Respect, Excellence - are shared by our staff and students, representing the expectations we have for ourselves and each other, guiding our day-to-day decisions and the way we behave as individuals in an international organisation. 

The Wellcome Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine (WWIEM) is an interdisciplinary research centre which is committed to the highest quality scientific endeavour, with over 250 basic and clinical scientists working on site.  Our mission is to understand the mechanisms of disease and use that understanding to develop innovative new treatments and therapies to improve patient outcomes. 

We are recruiting for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with training in molecular cell biology/innate immunity/virus-host interactions/airway epithelium or in related fields for Prof. Ultan Power's group. This is part of a large Wellcome Trust Strategic award, called Breathing Together, involving 7 UK and 1 Australian institutions (http://breathingtogether.co.uk/). The successful applicant will study the relative consequences of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and/or aeroallergen exposure of paediatric airway epithelium derived from infants with wheeze/asthma and/or atopy compared with healthy infants.  The project was designed to generate a greater understanding of factors implicated in the development of pre-school wheeze. As airway epithelium plays a central role in determining infant responses to inhaled infections or allergens, understanding how it develops in health and disease will provide major insights into the development of wheeze/asthma. This project, therefore, seeks to determine what triggers wheeze/asthma and whether or not we can predict which infants will progress to develop disease. The successful candidate will work in partnership with members of the Power group and the wider Breathing Together team, plan and perform experiments, and will be involved in the supervision and training of junior lab members.

The successful candidate must: 

  • Have or about to obtain a PhD in cell biology, innate immunity, virology, or equivalent subject
  • At least 3 years recent relevant research experience to include experience ina wide range of laboratory techniques appropriate to study host/pathogen interactions, such as cell culture capabilities, fluorescent microscopy, biochemistry, and/or virology.

Informal enquiries may be directed to Dr Lindsay Broadbent via email:  l.broadbent@qub.ac.uk

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