Research Assistant

Queen's University Belfast
Belfast (City/Town)
£28,331 to £32,817 per annum
23 Sep 2019
23 Oct 2019
Job Type
Specialist area
Drug development

Queen’s University Belfast

Research Assistant                                      

Ref: 19/107834

School of Pharmacy

Queen’s University Belfast is one of the prestigious Russell Group of UK research-intensive universities in the UK and Ireland, combining excellence in research and education with a student centred ethos, for our 24,000 students and 4,200 staff, funded through an annual turnover of some £300m. As a driver of innovation and talent, based on excellence and global strategic partnerships, we offer generous employment terms and underpinned by excellent lifestyle benefits including opportunities for family friendly working and support for wellbeing.

Our five core values - Integrity, Connected, Ambition, Respect, Excellence - are shared by our staff and students, representing the expectations we have for ourselves and each other, guiding our day-to-day decisions and the way we behave as individuals in an international organisation.

The School of Pharmacy at Queen’s has been ranked 4th in the UK for Pharmacy and Pharmacology according to the Guardian University Guide 2019. 

We are recruiting for a Research Assistant who will join the Natural Drug Discovery Group led by Prof Tianbao Chen in the School of Pharmacy.  The successful candidate will be engaged in interdisciplinary studies of bioactive peptides using biochemistry and cell biology approaches with a focus on two main areas: (i) isolation and synthesis of novel venom-derived bioactive peptides and (ii) testing their biological activities and stability using a range of bioassays including vascular smooth muscle contraction assays, and mass spectrometry. 

In addition the Research Assistant will contribute to the demonstration of experiment skills to the postgraduate and undergraduate students in the laboratory, assist with managing day-to-day laboratory activities, research instrumentation and organising the biological samples and reagents of the laboratory, while placing an emphasis on personal learning, scientific integrity and team player skills.

The successful Research Assistant must have:

•     Degree or equivalent in a relevant area

•     Minimum of 1 years recent relevant work experience to include relevant experience of mass spectrometry, molecular cloning, peptide synthesis and vascular smooth muscle contraction assays.

This post is available until 31 August 2022.

Further information about the School and Group Leader can be found at –

Informal enquiries may be directed to Dr Lei Wang via email to

Salary scale:                   £28,331 to £32,817 per annum

Closing date:                 Wednesday 23 October 2019

Anticipated interview date: Thursday 7 November 2019

For full job details and criteria please see the Candidate Information link on our website by clicking ‘apply’. You must clearly demonstrate how you meet the criteria when you submit your application. For further information please contact Resourcing Team, Queen’s University Belfast, BT7 1NN. Telephone (028) 9097 3044 or email

The University is committed to equality of opportunity and to selection on merit. We welcome applications from all sections of society and particularly 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.