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Research Fellow, School of Pharmacy

Belfast, Northern Ireland
£37,841 per annum
Closing date
4 Mar 2024

Application closing date: 04/03/2024
Salary: £37,841 per annum
Job category/type: Research

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 become an active member in the Natural Drug Discovery Group, School of Pharmacy, QUB, and engage in interdisciplinary studies of bioactive peptides using biochemistry and cell biology approaches with a focus on two main areas: (i) isolation, identification and synthesis of novel venom-derived bioactive peptides and (ii) testing their biological activities and stability using a range of bioassays including antimicrobial assays, vascular smooth muscle contraction assays, and anticancer assays.  

The successful candidate must have, and your application should clearly demonstrate that you meet the following criteria:   

  • Have, or be about to obtain, a PhD in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology.
  • Significant relevant research experience to include:
    • experience of using MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry to analyse peptide degradation.
    • peptide synthesis,
    • vascular smooth muscle contraction assays
    • antimicrobial assays.
  • Publication record commensurate with career stage.
  • Some practical contemporary experience of postgraduate supervision.    

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

This post is available on a fixed term contract for 18 weeks. 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 (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: and    

Informal enquiries may be directed to Dr Chengbang Ma at        

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