Research Fellow in Heart Failure Biomarkers

Belfast, United Kingdom
£33,797 per annum.
03 Dec 2019
End of advertisement period
16 Dec 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Application closing date 16/12/2019 
Salary £33,797 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. The School of MDBS holds an Athena SWAN Silver award in recognition of our 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 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.

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 Wellcome Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine (WWIEM) is an interdisciplinary research centre which is committed to the highest quality scientific endeavour, with over 250 basic and clinical scientists working on site.  Our mission is to understand the mechanisms of disease and use that understanding to develop innovative new treatments and therapies to improve patient outcomes. 

We are recruiting for an experienced and highly motivated Postdoctoral scientist to join Dr. Chris Watson's research group based in the WWIEM. The successful candidate will undertake a senior role within an Invest Northern Ireland funded Proof of Concept study focused on the validation and commercialisation of novel heart failure biomarkers. This research will include working with in silico data, pre-clinical models of heart failure, and the analysis of human cardiac tissue and plasma samples derived from patients with heart failure.  

We offer scientific development opportunities in an international and interdisciplinary environment and support our postdoctoral fellows with a Centre-based mentoring program to support career development.

The successful candidate must: 

  • Have or be about to obtain a relevant PhD (PhD thesis must be submitted by closing date) in molecular biology, cell biology, translational research, pharmacology or a related area of biomedicine..
  • At least 3 years recent relevant research experience in cardiovascular disease, biomarker research, or closely related area relevant to this project 
  • Recent extensive hands-on experience in three of the following: 
  1. Tissue sectioning and immunohistochemistry
  2. qPCR
  3. RNA sequencing analysis
  4. Immunoassays
  5. Worked with clinical samples/data from cardiovascular disease studies.

Informal enquiries may be directed to Dr David Simpson via email: David.Simpson@qub.ac.uk

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