Queen’s University Belfast
Research Fellow in Parasitology
School of Biological Sciences
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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, including Ecosystems Biology & Sustainability, Food Safety & Nutrition, and Microbes & Pathogen Biology. 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).
We are recruiting for a BBSRC-Industrial Partnership funded Research Fellow for Prof Aaron Maule’s parasitology group with research focus on the interface between parasite stem cell biology and new drug discovery. The project focusses on liver fluke stem cells and will use neoblast transcriptome datasets and functional genomics tools to inform our understanding of developmental processes and expose putative targets for parasite control. The project will also investigate the role of parasite stem cells in drug-parasite interplay and, working with industry, will identify new targets for flukicides.
The successful candidate must have:
• Degree in Biological Sciences or related subject area.
• Have or be about to obtain a PhD in Molecular Parasitology or related subject area
• At least 3 years recent relevant research experience in parasitology and functional genomics
The post is available immediately and the appointee must be able to start before 31 March 2020 and is available for 42 months or until 31 May 2023 (whichever is sooner).
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Closing date: Wednesday 4 December 2019
Anticipated interview date: Tuesday 17 December 2019
Salary scale: £33,199 – £40,322 per annum
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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.