Research Assistant

Belfast, Northern Ireland
£32,024 - £36,744 per annum
18 Sep 2023
End of advertisement period
02 Oct 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term, Permanent
Full Time

Job reference: 23/111244
Date posted: 18/09/2023
Application closing date: 02/10/2023
Salary: £32,024 - £36,744 per annum
Job category/type: Research

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.

The postholder will join the cardiovascular research team led by Professor David Grieve within the Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine working on a project funded by the British Heart Foundation to investigate the influence of NADPH oxidases on endothelilal progenitor cell function and pro-angiogenic signalling. The project will employ a broad range of cellular and molecular biology approaches using both in vitro and in vivo model systems to study (patho)physiological mechanisms underlying function of a highly-defined population of endothelial progenitor cells, known as endothelial colony-forming cells, in order to further investigate their therapeutic potential for ischaemic cardiovascular disease.

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

  • A Degree or equivalent in subject relevant to research activity e.g. molecular biology, cell biology, or a related area of biomedicine.
  • Recent research experience in vascular biology.
  • Relevant practical experience in the following techniques:
    • Endothelial colony forming cell culture
    • Reactive oxygen species assays
    • Western blotting and/or quantitative RT-PCR
    • Gene expression modification
    • Immunocytochemistry
    • In vitro cellular functional assays
    • Bioinformatics and pathway analysis
    • In vivo cardiac models
    • In vivo cardiac imaging.

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 6 months or until 30 April 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 Professor Andriana Margariti at a.margariti@qub.ac.uk 

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