Research Assistant, COVID Testing

Belfast, Northern Ireland
£28,331 per annum.
Monday, 18 January 2021
End of advertisement period
Wednesday, 3 February 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Application closing date 03/02/2021
Salary £28,331 per annum.
Job category/type Research

Research Assistants - COVID Testing

Job description

As part of the UK Covid Mass Testing Programme, Queen’s University Belfast are partnering with local NHS Trusts in Northern Ireland to deliver a testing service for asymptomatic NHS staff. Frontline staff will be able to obtain a saliva test using the OptiGene Direct Loop-Mediated Isothermal Amplification (LAMP) assay via their place of work.

The Evolve/Halo groups have a LAMP testing laboratory set up in the Medical Biology Centre which will process samples for healthcare staff in the Belfast, Southern and South-Eastern Trusts. We are now recruiting a number of Research Assistants to perform this vitally important testing to start as soon as possible. 

The successful candidate must have:

  • Degree in Microbiology, Pharmacy, Microbial Ecology, Molecular Microbiology, Bioinformatics, Biochemistry or related discipline.
  • At least 1-year recent relevant research experience.in a laboratory setting.

This post is available for 3 months with possibility of extension.

Queen’s University Belfast is a driver of innovation and talent based on excellence. Throughout the University, our academics collaborate across disciplines and with outside agencies and institutions on projects of world significance. We are connected and networked with strategic partnerships across the world, helping us to expand our impact on wider society locally, nationally and globally. The University is committed to attracting, retaining and developing the best global talent within an environment that enables them to realise their full potential.

We are a leader in gender equality and diversity, and are one of the UK’s most successful universities in the Athena SWAN initiative which promotes gender equality and career progression. The University and the School of Pharmacy hold an Athena SWAN Silver award in recognition of our commitment and success in addressing gender equality, representation, progression and success for all our staff.

For full job details and essential/desirable criteria please refer to the candidate information link on our website by clicking apply.  You must clearly demonstrate how you meet the criteria when you submit your application. For further information or assistance contact Resourcing Team via email on resourcing@qub.ac.uk

Fixed term contract posts are available for the stated period in the first instance but in particular circumstances may be renewed or made permanent subject to availability of funding

Please note on this occasion the University is unable to provide sponsorship for visa applicants for this particular post, as such applicants must hold the right to work in the UK to be eligible.

The University is committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes applications from all. However, our employment monitoring data tells us that individuals from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities, people with a disability and those who identify as LGBT+ are currently under-represented at the University. Also Protestants are currently under-represented in this category of work. As such, we particularly welcome applications from these individuals.

As you may be aware, Queen’s is recognised as one of the most diverse organisations in Northern Ireland. We are committed to ensuring our workplace is a safe, welcoming and inclusive place to work, which is why we subscribe to Equality Charter Marks such as Stonewall Workplace Equality Index, Diversity Charter Mark NI and Athena SWAN.

It is also why we have established award winning Staff Networks such as PRISM and iRise. These networks provide an opportunity for staff to meet in a friendly, informal way to support each other.  More details on all our networks can be found here.

Informal enquiries may be directed to Tara Brown via email to t.brown@qub.ac.uk.

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