Queen’s University Belfast
Research Fellow in Cardiovascular Disease
Institute for Global Food Security
School of Biological Sciences
We are recruiting for an experienced and highly motivated Postdoctoral scientist to join Dr. Qiaozhu Su’s research group based in the Institute for Global Food Security, School of Biological Sciences at Queen’s University Belfast. The successful candidate will undertake a senior role within a British Heart Foundation funded study focused on defining microRNA and nuclear receptor signalling in cardiomyocyte and endothelial cell remodelling in insulin resistance. This research will include the use of both vitro and in vivo models of cardiac remodelling and atherosclerosis, and the analysis of cardiac and plasma samples derived from animal models.
Applications are invited from enthusiastic, motivated and efficient individuals with a strong commitment to research. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated research background in cardiovascular disease, or closely related fields in biomedicine with an excellent PhD degree awarded. The candidate should be committed to developing a dynamic, academic career in science. We offer scientific development opportunities in an international and interdisciplinary environment and support our postdoctoral fellows with an institution-based mentoring program to support career development.
The successful candidate must have:
• Have or about to obtain a relevant PhD (in molecular biology, cell biology, pharmacology or a related area of biomedicine)
• At least 3 years’ recent relevant research experience in cardiovascular disease, atherosclerosis, or closely related area relevant to this project in molecular/cellular biology or biomedicine (PhD thesis must be submitted)
• Recent high quality original publications in reputable peer-reviewed journals, commensurate with career stage
• Recent extensive hands-on experience in three of the following:
o Cell culture/transfection
o Western Blotting/qPCR
o microRNA and long-non-coding RNA research
o Breeding tissue specific knockout mouse models
o in vivo small animal experimental models of disease
Salary: £33,797 per annum
This post is available until 19 April 2023.
Closing date: Monday 6 April 2020
Anticipated interview date: Monday 20 April 2020
Informal enquiries may be directed to Dr Katerina Theodoridou via email to K.Theodoridou@qub.ac.uk
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The School of Biological Sciences is part of the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences. It is made up of three research disciplines: Ecosystems Biology & Sustainability, Food Safety & Nutrition, and Microbes & Pathogen Biology.
The School aims to enhance the way we use technology in research, food security, microbiology, ecosystem biology, sustainability and many other related areas. The School provides research programmes in areas spanning from basic biochemistry with applications in e.g. cancer research, all the way to the economic evaluation of ecosystem services and the retailing of food. We host a cutting edge scientific research team and contribute to genuine new discoveries and the development of new methods of practical use. Many staff within the School are also members of the Institute for Global Food Security GRI: the Institute is ranked No 1 in the UK for research intensity in Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Sciences (REF 2014).
The Institute for Global Food Security (IGFS) is one of four Global Research Institutes at Queen’s and was established to address a key, international challenge, the future of the world’s food systems. Food and drink have become a global industry with many positive aspects – access, affordability, variety. Yet that industry is also faced with a number of conundrums:
• Soon there may not be enough food to feed a growing population
• The integrity of increasingly complex food supply chains is often compromised
• Deliberate food fraud is a growing crime
• Climate change throws up complications for the future of agriculture
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