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Research Fellow in Vaccinology

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 Medicine, Dentistry & Biomedical Sciences (MDBS) at Queen’s University Belfast, is currently seeking to appoint an exceptional candidate to the post of Research Fellow in Vaccinology.

The postholder will be a highly productive and collaborative laboratory researcher in the Valvano and Ingram research groups. This project should be attractive to any suitable candidate interested in developing anti-bacterial vaccines utilising in vitro and in vivo models, particularly neonatal models, to test vaccine efficacy. The laboratory teams are highly collaborative, carrying out basic and clinical research with partners locally, nationally, and internationally. This position is suited to an ambitious, productive, and collaborative individual with excellent capacity to work from own initiative and meet deadlines, keen attention to detail and strong organisation skills. The successful candidate will have a strong background in vaccinology, molecular microbiology, immunology (specifically T cell biology), and will seek ambitious and challenging research projects in a well-supported environment.  

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

  • Have or about to obtain* a PhD in Microbiology, Immunology or Vaccinology (* must be obtained within 3 months of starting employment)
  • Substantial relevant research experience in vaccinology, microbiology, immunology, flow cytometry, tissue culture, immunoassay, histology.
  • Microbiological experience in handling Gram-negative bacteria
  • Home Office license holder for animal research.
  • Evidence of current experience on in vivo infection using mammalian models (e.g., mice) including with neonatal infection models.    

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 post is available on a fixed term contract until 31 August 2026. 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. Julia Monjaras-Feria at 

Candidate Information           
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