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Research Fellow, School of Biological Sciences

Belfast, Northern Ireland
£35,333 per annum
Closing date
13 Feb 2023

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Job Description:

The School of Biological Sciences at Queen’s University Belfast, is currently seeking to appoint an exceptional candidate to the post of Research Fellow.

An experienced and highly motivated Postdoctoral scientist is being sought to join Dr. Qiaozhu Su’s research group based in the Institute for Global Food Security, School of Biological Sciences at Queen’s University Belfast. The recruited Postdoctoral scientist will undertake a senior role on investigating the therapeutic effect of fenugreek seed in hyperlipidaemia and cardiovascular disease and therapeutic biomarkers. Specific attention will be paid to investigating the lipid lowering effect of fenugreek seed in human subjects with hyperlipidaemia on the changes of lipid profile and circulating blood non-coding microRNAs (e.g, microRNA-122).

Applications are invited from enthusiastic, motivated and efficient individuals with a strong commitment to research. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated strong research experience on human energy metabolism, non-coding RNAs and/or closely related fields in biomedical science with an excellent PhD or MD degree awarded. The candidate should be committed to developing a dynamic, academic career in science and have excellent communication skills in written and spoken English.

We offer scientific development opportunities in an international and interdisciplinary environment and support our postdoctoral fellows on career development.

Further information is available at:

The successful candidate must have, and your application should clearly demonstrate you have:

  • An MD with substantial basic research experience or have/about to hold a PhD degree in relevant discipline.
  • At least 3 years’ recent relevant research experience in human non-coding RNA research, nutrition metabolism, and/or metabolic disease closely relevant to this project in molecular/cellular biology or biomedicine AND
  • Recent extensive hands-on experience in the following:
  1. Cell culture/Western Blotting/qPCR/ELISA
  2. Isolation of non-coding RNAs from human blood samples
  3. Cardiac and/or hepatic primary cell isolation/Echocardiography/Blood pressure measurement in animal models
  4. In vivo animal model experience.
  • Recent strong relevant publications in reputable peer-reviewed journals.
  • Experience in teaching/supervising/mentoring postgraduate/undergraduate/school students and visiting researchers in the laboratory.

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

This is a fixed term contact available until 26/02/2024. 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: and

Informal enquiries may be directed to Dr Katerina Theodoridou at

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