Research Assistant , Computational Chemist

Belfast, Northern Ireland
£28,756 - £33,309 per annum
17 Jan 2022
End of advertisement period
08 Feb 2022
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Chemistry
Contract Type
Fixed Term, Permanent
Full Time

Application closing date 08/02/2022
Salary £28,756 - £33,309 per annum
Job category/type Research

Job description

The School of Chemistry & Chemical Engineering (CCE) at Queen’s University Belfast, is seeking to appoint a Research Assistant, to work as part of a multidisciplinary high impact research project team, which involves close collaboration with experimentalists from Almac and Queen’s.

This research forms part of the Invest Northern Ireland-funded INSIGHT (IN Silico Informed metaGenomic Harvesting Technology) project which is an exciting academia-industry collaboration between Queen’s University and Almac Sciences Ltd.

The successful candidate will apply computational chemistry approaches to evaluate the properties of the enzymes, and developing/ applying machine learning algorithms to speed up the discovery of novel enzymes. 

You will be based primarily at the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Queen’s University, although you will also be expected to spend some time at the Almac Sciences Ltd site in Craigavon, Northern Ireland.

This is an exciting time join our team and embark your career at Queen’s. This role offers substantial career development with the opportunity to meet industrial clients and expedient knowledge transfer.

This post is available on a fixed term contract until 31/03/2024.

The successful candidate must have and your CV/Cover letter should clearly demonstrate you have:  

  • An Honours degree or equivalent in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Bioengineering, Pharmaceutical Engineering or a closely related area.
  • At least 1 years’ relevant experience in MD simulations and QM calculations of proteins, or applications of machine learning in one or both of the following areas:
    • Chemical reactivities
    • Protein function prediction
  • Evidence of HPC experience/application.
  • Demonstrable evidence of python programming skills.
  • Sufficient breadth or depth of specialist knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within own area.

Please note the above are not an exhaustive list.  For further information about the role including the essential and desirable criteria click on the 'Candidate Information' link below. 

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 is committed to promoting equality of opportunity to all. We have created an inclusive culture by establishing various staff networks such as iRise and PRISM which help us to progress equality.   

We also subscribe to Equality Charter Marks such as Stonewall Workplace Equality Index and Diversity Charter Mark NI in addition to Athena SWAN award.  For further information on our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion please visit: www.qub.ac.uk/diversitywww.qub.ac.uk/qgi and www.qub.ac.uk/sites/StaffGateway/StaffNetworks/

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