Research Fellow/Research Assistant

Queen's University Belfast
Belfast (City/Town)
£27,831 - £33,199
13 May 2019
29 May 2019
Job Type

Queen’s University Belfast

Research Fellow/Research Assistant       

Ref: 19/107470

School of Pharmacy

Queen’s University Belfast is one of the leading universities in the UK and Ireland, with a distinguished heritage and history. With over 24,000 students, 3,700 staff and an annual turnover of some £300m, Queen’s University Belfast plays a unique leadership role in Northern Ireland. As a member of the Russell Group of UK research-intensive universities, Queen’s University Belfast combines excellence in research and education with a student centred ethos.

The School of Pharmacy at Queen’s has been ranked 2nd in the UK for Pharmacy and Pharmacology according to the Guardian University Guide 2018.

This work will involve investigating a novel biomarker for the early detection of ovarian cancer. This is an Invest NI Proof Of Concept Grant and therefore the ultimate aim is to obtain robust results that can be used in the development of a commercial product.

The Research Fellow will be an active member of the HGSC research team assisting in the development of research proposals and the planning and delivery of the research activity within a specified area so that the overall research objectives of the project are met. The successful applicant will contribute to the day to day running within this molecular biology lab, including supervision and training of undergraduate and postgraduate students. The Research Fellow will be required to perform a range of cutting-edge methodologies used in study of DNA based methylation biomarkers.

We will also consider appointing at Research Assistant level. 

This post is available for one year. 

The successful Research Fellow will:

- Hold (or about to obtain) a PhD in life sciences (Molecular Biology, Biochemistry or related subject)

- Experience in key molecular biology techniques including real time PCR, RNA interference, immunoblotting and mammalian cell culture

- At least three years recent relevant research experience.

The Research Assistant will have:

- Degree in Molecular Biology, Biomedical Sciences or related area

- At least one year’s relevant experience in molecular biology or related area to include practical experience of real time PCR and genomic DNA assays.

- Experience of assay design including feasibility and validation

Further information about the School can be found at

Informal enquiries may be directed to Paula Coulter via email to

Anticipated interview date: Friday 7 June 2019

Salary: Research Assistant £27,831 / Research Fellow £33,199

Closing date:   Wednesday 29 May 2019

For full job details and essential/desirable criteria please refer to the candidate information link on our website by clicking apply. For further information or assistance contact The Resourcing Team, People and Culture, Queen’s University Belfast, BT7 1NN. Telephone (028) 9097 3044 or email on

The University is committed to equality of opportunity and to selection on merit. It therefore welcomes applications from all sections of society and particularly welcomes applications from people with a disability. 

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.

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