Research Fellow, Retinopathy

Belfast, Northern Ireland
£33,797 - £36,914 per annum
21 Dec 2020
End of advertisement period
14 Jan 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

We are recruiting for a Research Fellow to join the retinopathy and vascular progenitor biology research team led by Professor Alan Stitt within the Wellcome Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine. The Research Fellow will deliver research relating to several retinopathy projects and employ, in vitro and in vivo model systems and cell and molecular biological approaches to investigate pathophysiological pathways involved in the neurovascular degenerative processes towards therapeutic target development and efficacy. The successful candidate will design, develop and refine experimental models to investigate dysfunction in the neurovascular unit (NVU) and RPE/choroid axis in order to obtain reliable and reproducible data.

The Faculty Postdoctoral Development Centre will support the Research Fellow as part of a wider Queen’s offering which provides outstanding support to researchers. 

The successful candidate must have:

  • Have or about to obtain a PhD in Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, or a closely related area of Biomedicine.
  • At least 3 years recent, hands-on, research experience that will demonstrate relevant laboratory skills that are relevant for this disease-focused molecular cell biology project.
  • Recent, relevant hands-on experience with in vivo models of eye disease and detailed assessment of pathology in real time and post-mortem.
  • Extensive hands-on experience in molecular cell biology techniques including at least three of the following:
    1. Primary culture of retinal and/or vascular progenitor cells
    2. genetic modification of cells
    3. Advanced imaging technology combined with pathological lesion analysis
    4. In vitro cellular functional assays
  • Computing skills especially software commonly used in biomedical research (for example imaging, flow cytometry, real-time PCR software, gene expression analysis).
  • Must hold a personal licence from the Dept of Health relating to animal research.

This post is available for 12 months.

The School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences is part of the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences.  The School has the perfect balance of world-class teaching resources and internationally recognised research infrastructure and comprises of three education and three research centres. 

The Wellcome Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine (WWIEM) is one of the research centres in the School.  WWIEM is committed to research excellence in experimental medicine by making scientific breakthroughs in the mechanisms of disease, which we translate to innovative therapeutics to improve patient outcomes.  The Institute is an international hub of excellence on eye disease, infectious diseases and respiratory disease with a core emphasis on immunology, molecular cell biology and patient-based investigations.

Queen’s University Belfast is a driver of innovation and talent based on excellence. Throughout the University, our academics collaborate across disciplines and with outside agencies and institutions on projects of world 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 University holds an Athena SWAN silver award and the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences holds an Athena SWAN Gold 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 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.

Please note on this occasion the University is unable to provide sponsorship for visa applicants for this particular post, as such applicants must hold the right to work in the UK to be eligible.

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 at  https://www.qub.ac.uk/sites/StaffGateway/StaffNetworks/

Informal enquiries may be directed to Dr Varun Pathak via email to V.Pathak@qub.ac.uk.

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