Research Assistant

Belfast, Northern Ireland
£29,619 per annum
30 Jan 2023
End of advertisement period
20 Feb 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term, Permanent
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 Assistant within the Wellcome Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine.

The postholder will assist in the planning and delivery of research activity carried out within the research team of Dr Guilherme Costa (https://gcosta064.wixsite.com/costa-lab). We are seeking an enthusiastic and motivated individual who will support projects related to RNA biology in the context of blood vessel formation. The successful candidate will be an integral pillar within the team, who will run experiments, support diverse projects, and help with lab organisation and procurement. Thus, the post is suited to applicants with a meticulous work ethic and a team-player approach to lab work. Applicants must demonstrate such skills within their CV and interview. The successful candidate will be offered support to access diverse training and career development opportunities. The post is initially available for two years, with the opportunity for renewal for two additional years.

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

  • An Honours degree in a subject relevant to research activity (e.g., biology, biomedical sciences, biochemistry).  
  • One year’s recent hands-on experience in at least 2 of the following:
    • Cell culture
    • Fluorescence microscopy
    • Protein work (e.g. mass spectrometry, immunoprecipitation)
    • RNA work (e.g. RNA isolation, cDNA synthesis)

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 post available for 24 months. 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
  • Family-friendly initiatives
  • Career development opportunities
  • Support for health & mental wellbeing
  • Generous holiday entitlement of 8.4 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 Judith Lechner at j.lechner@qub.ac.uk

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