Research Fellow, School of Pharmacy

Belfast, Northern Ireland
£33,797 to £40,322 per annum
03 May 2021
End of advertisement period
24 May 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Application closing date 24/05/2021
Salary £33,797 to £40,322 per annum
Job category/type Research

Job description

We are recruiting for a Research Fellow to become an active member in the Natural Drug Discovery Group, School of Pharmacy, QUB, and engage in interdisciplinary studies of bioactive peptides using biochemistry and cell biology approaches with a focus on two main areas:

  1. Isolation, identification and synthesis of novel venom-derived bioactive peptides; and
  2. Testing their biological activities and stability using a range of bioassays including antimicrobial assays, vascular smooth muscle contraction assays, and anticancer assays.

The successful candidate will also be supported by the Faculty Postdoctoral Development Centre as part of a wider Queen’s offering which provides outstanding support to researchers. 

The successful candidate must have:

  • Have, or be about to obtain, a PhD in a molecular-based life science discipline;
  • Minimum of 3 years recent relevant research experience to include:
    • Experience of MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry, solid phase peptide synthesis, antimicrobial study and vascular smooth muscle contraction assays; and
  • Publication record commensurate with career stage.

This post is available for 3 years

Closing date: Monday 24 May 2021

The School of Pharmacy is part of the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences at Queen’s.  The School is acknowledged as a leading centre for Pharmacy teaching and research in the UK.  The School provides students with as authentic a learning experience and environment as possible. We have world leading research laboratories with the best technology in the industry.  In the latest rankings in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 the School has been ranked 1st in Pharmacy and Pharmacology Research and 2nd for Pharmacology and Pharmacy. 

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 and the School of Pharmacy hold 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 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 at https://www.qub.ac.uk/sites/StaffGateway/StaffNetworks/

Informal enquiries may be directed to Dr Xiaoling Chen via email to x.chen@qub.ac.uk

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