Research Fellow, Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine

Belfast, Northern Ireland
£34,304 - £36,382 per annum.
27 Jun 2022
End of advertisement period
20 Jul 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Job description

The School of Medicine, Dentistry & Biomedical Sciences (MDBS) at Queen’s University Belfast, is currently seeking to appoint an exceptional candidate to the post of Research Fellow in the Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine.

To join the Diabetes and Vascular Stem Cell Biology research team led by Prof Reinhold Medina within the Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine to work on a research project investigating new therapies for macular degeneration. This study will employ pharmacogenomics as a new approach to identify new drugs for age-related macular degeneration. This drug discovery will be then followed by in vitro human cell models to test drug efficacy in reverting the senescent endothelial cell phenotype. In addition, this project will characterise the molecular mechanisms related to cellular senescence driving the pathogenesis of age related macular degeneration. The post is suited to a highly ambitious individual and is available for 36 months or until 31 August 2025, whichever is soonest.

The successful candidate must have and your CV/Cover letter (or application form) should clearly demonstrate you have:

  • Have or about to obtain a PhD in Computer Science, Bioinformatics, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, or a closely related area of Biomedicine
  • At least 3 years recent, hands-on experience that will demonstrate relevant laboratory skills that are relevant for this project
  • Previous experience analysing big data sets such as single cell RNA seq, bulk RNA seq, transcriptomic arrays, ATAC-seq, or related
  • Experience with genetic editing of cells using latest technologies such as CRISPR-Cas9, AAV, or lentivirus
  • Evidence of a key role in publications in internationally recognised peer reviewed journals. This list should be commensurate with stage of career and experience.

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.

This is a fixed term post for 36 months or available until 31/08/2025. 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.

At Queen’s our people are at the heart of everything we do. As a staff member you will become part of a vibrant organisational culture, which will provide you with the opportunity to achieve your full potential and enhance your career through a continuous focus on learning and development.

We offer an excellent employment package that includes:

  • Great terms & conditions
  • Pension schemes
  • Flexible working by enabling you to design your working week in collaboration with your manager through a blend of remote and office working                              
  • Family-friendly initiatives
  • Career development opportunities
  • Support for health & mental wellbeing
  • Generous holiday entitlement of 8 weeks a year (made up of 23 days annual leave, 10 closure days and 9 bank holidays).

Queen’s University is committed to promoting equality of opportunity to all. We have created an inclusive culture by establishing staff networks such as iRise (Race) and PRISM (LGBTQ+) which help us progress equality.

We also subscribe to Equality Charter Marks such as the Diversity Charter Mark NI in addition to Athena Swan. 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/.

Informal enquiries may be directed to Dr Varun Pathak at v.pathak@qub.ac.uk.

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