Research Assistant, School of Pharmacy

Belfast, Northern Ireland
£28,331 to £32,817 per annum.
Oct 09, 2019
End of advertisement period
Oct 23, 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Application closing date 23/10/2019  
Salary £28,331 to £32,817 per annum.  
Job category/type Research

Job description

Queen's University Belfast is one of the prestigious Russell Group of UK research-intensive universities in the UK and Ireland, combining excellence in research and education with a student centred ethos, for our 24,000 students and 4,200 staff, funded through an annual turnover of some GBP 300m.  As a driver of innovation and talent, based on excellence and global strategic partnerships, we offer generous employment terms and underpinned by excellent lifestyle benefits including opportunities for family friendly working and support for wellbeing. 

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 School of Pharmacy at Queen's has been ranked 4th in the UK for Pharmacy and Pharmacology according to the Guardian University Guide 2019.  

We are recruiting for a Research Assistant who will join the Natural Drug Discovery Group led by Prof Tianbao Chen in the School of Pharmacy.  The successful candidate will be engaged in interdisciplinary studies of bioactive peptides using biochemistry and cell biology approaches with a focus on two main areas: (i) isolation and synthesis of novel venom-derived bioactive peptides and (ii) testing their biological activities and stability using a range of bioassays including vascular smooth muscle contraction assays, and mass spectrometry.  

In addition, the Research Assistant will contribute to the demonstration of experiment skills to the postgraduate and undergraduate students in the laboratory, assist with managing day-to-day laboratory activities, research instrumentation and organising the biological samples and reagents of the laboratory, while placing an emphasis on personal learning, scientific integrity and team player skills.

The successful Research Assistant must have: 

  • Degree or equivalent in a relevant area
  • Minimum of one year's recent relevant work experience to include relevant experience of mass spectrometry, molecular cloning, peptide synthesis and vascular smooth muscle contraction assays.

Informal enquiries may be directed to Dr Lei Wang via email to l.wang@qub.ac.uk

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