Research Fellow, School of Pharmacy

Belfast, Northern Ireland
£36,333 per annum
29 May 2023
End of advertisement period
12 Jun 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term, Permanent
Full Time

Job Description:

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

The postholder will be an active member of the Halo Research Group working on a Higher Education Authority North-South Research Programme funded study, PROMARIC.   

The postholder will characterise respiratory tract microbiome composition in COPD patients with varying degrees of protease activity due to Alpha-1 anti-trypsin (AAT) deficiency and determine if there is a relationship between microbiome composition, protease levels and disease severity.    

The postholder will assist in the planning and delivery of this research so that the overall research objectives of the project are met.

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

  • A Primary Degree
  • Obtained or are about to obtain a PhD in Microbiology, Microbial Ecology, Molecular Microbiology, Bioinformatics, Biochemistry or related discipline
  • At least 3 years’ relevant research experience (including PhD training) to include experience of the following:
    • Nucleic acid extraction
    • Molecular biology including next generation sequencing and qPCR
    • Statistical analysis of data
    • Involvement in publication preparation and presentation of scientific data at regional and international meetings
    • Publications commensurate with stage of career.

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

This post is fixed term for 13 months or until 31 Augsust 2024, whichever is sooner. 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 8.4 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 (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and International Staff Network) 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 Deirdre Gilpin at d.f.gilpin@qub.ac.uk.     

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