Research Assistant

Belfast, Northern Ireland
£28,331 per annum
May 03, 2021
End of advertisement period
May 17, 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Application closing date 17/05/2021
Salary £28,331 per annum
Job category/type Research

Job description

We are recruiting for a Research Assistant as part of the Northern Ireland SARS-CoV-2 monitoring programme Queen’s University are undertaking the routine surveillance of wastewater treatment systems for SARS-CoV-2 in partnership with a number of government agencies. A wastewater testing laboratory has been established at the Medical Biology Centre which will process samples from wastewater sites across Northern Ireland. The Research Assistant will be required to undertake driving duties to Wastewater treatment works across Northern Ireland.

This post is available until 30 June 2021.

The successful candidate must have:

  • Degree in Microbiology, Pharmacy, Microbial Ecology, Molecular Microbiology, Biomedical Sciences, Bioinformatics, Biochemistry or related discipline.
  • At least 1-year recent relevant research experience in a laboratory setting.
  • Experience in the operation of wastewater autosamplers.

The School of Biological Sciences is part of the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences. It is made up of three research disciplines: Ecosystems Biology & Sustainability, Food Safety & Nutrition, and Microbes & Pathogen Biology. 

The School aims to enhance the way we use technology in research, food security, microbiology, ecosystem biology, sustainability and many other related areas. The School provides research programmes in areas spanning from basic biochemistry with applications in e.g. cancer research, all the way to the economic evaluation of ecosystem services and the retailing of food. We host a cutting edge scientific research team and contribute to genuine new discoveries and the development of new methods of practical use. 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). 

The University holds an Athena SWAN Silver award and the School of Biological Sciences holds an Athena SWAN Gold Award in recognition of our work to support women in Science commitment and success in addressing gender equality, representation, progression and success for all our staff.  

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 most affordable cities in the UK. There is an excellent range of local Schools from pre-nursery upwards and we are immensely proud of what our city and our University will offer you.  

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

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.

Candidate Information

Informal enquiries may be directed to Dr Jason Chin via email to j.chin@qub.ac.uk

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