Queen’s University Belfast
Research Fellow in Toxin Detection Systems
Institute for Global Food Security
School of Biological Sciences
We are recruiting for an experienced and highly motivated Research Fellow in Toxin Detection Systems to be an active member of the research team assisting in the planning and delivery of research led by Prof Katrina Campbell at the Institute for Global Food Security. The successful candidate will work on a BBSRC research project entitled “A Scalable Bio-based Solution to Eliminate Cyanotoxins in Drinking Water”. This project will seek to develop novel diagnostic solutions for determining chemical contaminants such as cyanotoxins (blue-green algal toxins) in food and water.
The Research Fellow will undertake research to develop and validate immunological methods of analysis for natural toxins e.g. ELISA, LFDs and microarrays for toxin testing in seafood products and water samples and undertake research to design innovative microfluidics and sample preparation methods for simultaneous multiple contaminant analysis.
The successful candidate must have:
• Have or be about to obtain a PhD in biochemistry, chemistry, immunology, molecular biology or analytical science or related discipline
• 3 years recent relevant practical experience in standard immunological methods e.g. ELISA, LFD, microarrays or biosensors
• Practical experience of cell culture techniques and protein purification
• Practical experience of sample preparation methods for food analysis e.g. extraction of low molecular chemicals and/or toxins
This post is available until 31 December 2021.
Salary: £33,797 per annum
Closing date: Monday 20 April 2020
Informal enquiries may be directed to Dr Michael Dillon via email M.Dillon@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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