Research Fellow, Metabarcoding, Metagenomics and Population Genomics

Belfast, Northern Ireland
£33,797 to £36,914 per annum
Jan 19, 2020
End of advertisement period
Feb 12, 2020
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Application closing date 12/02/2020  
Salary £33,797 to £36,914 per annum  
Job category/type Research

Job description

Queen's University Belfast is a driver of innovation based on our talented, multinational workforce. Throughout the University, our academics are collaborating across disciplines to develop new discoveries and insights, working with outside agencies and institutions on projects of international 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, with the School of Biological Sciences having been awarded the Athena SWAN Gold Award in recognition of our work to support women in Science.  We are ranked 1st in the UK for Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, (Innovate UK) 9th in the UK for University facilities (Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2018) and 14th in the UK for research quality (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019). 

Based in Belfast, a modern capital city: our beautiful campus is surrounded by abundant acres of parkland and is renowned as one of the safest and affordable cities in the UK. The choice of local Schools from pre-nursery upwards are some of the best available, and lovers of the outdoors can enjoy any number of activities from rowing and kayaking to top class golf among many others. We are immensely proud of what our city and our University will offer you.

The School of Biological Sciences is part of the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences.  It is made up of three research disciplines, including Ecosystems Biology & Sustainability, Food Safety & Nutrition, and Microbes & Pathogen Biology. Many staff within the School are also members of the Institute for Global Food Security GRI: the Institute is ranked No 1 in the UK for research intensity in Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Sciences (REF 2014).  

We are recruiting two Research Fellows who will be highly productive, ambitious and collaborative members of the Fish Genetics Research Group led by Prof. Paulo Prodöhl in the Institute for Global Food Security at the School of Biological Sciences. The first position is linked to the BEYOND 2020 (Burrishoole Ecosystem Observatory Network 2020 - https://www.dkit.ie/beyond-2020) and the second position is linked to the FishKOSM (Fisheries Knowledge for Optimal Sustainable Management) multi-institute projects. Capitalising on the existence of "in-house" modern genomics infrastructures and bioinformatics capacity, the successful candidates will develop and implement metabarcoding and metagenomics protocols for examining food web structures for several key fish species in the freshwater (Beyond 2020) or the marine environment (FishKOSM). The successful candidates will be responsible for independent research, supervision, planning, day-to-day lab management, collaborations and outreach. The positions are based at Queen's University Belfast. The successful candidates will be joining a multidisciplinary/multi-institutional team of researchers and other Ph.D. students, and will be will working closely with project collaborators in University College Cork, Marine Institute Ireland, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Dublin City University, University College Dublin and University of Glasgow. 

The successful candidates must have: 

  • Have or about to obtain a PhD in a relevant area to include Population Genomics, Evolutionary Biology or other related areas of Biological Sciences.
  • At least 3 years recent relevant research experience.
  • Practical laboratory experience in molecular genetics including DNA extraction, PCR, DNA sequencing, phylogenetic analysis, population genetics, environmental DNA, bioinformatics

Post 1 is available until 31 October 2021.

Post 2 is available for 28 months or until 31December 2022 (whichever is sooner). 

Informal inquiries may be directed to Dr Patrick Collins: patrick.collins@qub.ac.uk

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