Research Assistant

Belfast, Northern Ireland
£28,756 - £33,309 per annum
Sep 10, 2021
End of advertisement period
Sep 20, 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term, Permanent
Full Time

Application closing date 20/09/2021
Salary £28,756 - £33,309 per annum
Job category/type Research

Job description

The School of Pharmacy is currently seeking to appoint an exceptional candidate to the post of Research Assistant. As part of the UK Covid Mass Testing Programme, Queen’s University 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.

We have a LAMP testing laboratory set up at the Medical Biology Centre which will process samples for healthcare staff in the Belfast, Southern and South-Eastern Trusts. We are now recruiting staff to perform this vitally important testing.

The successful candidate must have:

  • Degree in Microbiology, Pharmacy, Microbial Ecology, Molecular Microbiology, Bioinformatics, Biochemistry or related discipline.
  • Have relevant experience working in a laboratory setting.
  • Be highly adaptable and capable of working comfortably across all sections of the laboratory.

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.

Queen’s University Belfast is recognised as one of the most diverse organisations in Northern Ireland. We are committed to equality of opportunity, fair participation and welcomes applications from all. However, our Fair Employment Equality Monitoring data tells us that individuals from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities, people with a disability and those who identify as LGBT+ and Members of the Protestant Community also currently under-represented in this category of work. As such, we particularly welcome applications for this role from individuals who identify with these backgrounds and / or communities.

For further information on our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, including our work in relation to Gender Equality (Athena SWAN), LGBTQ+ inclusion (Stonewall Workplace Equality Index), Disability and Race (Race Equality Charter) please visit: www.qub.ac.uk/diversity and/or www.qub.ac.uk/qgi

For further information and details on the University’s Staff Networks please visit:  https://www.qub.ac.uk/sites/StaffGateway/StaffNetworks/ 

Informal enquires may be directed to Tara Brown - t.brown@qub.ac.uk 

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