Queen's University Belfast (QUB)

Research Fellow

Queen’s University Belfast

https://www.qub.ac.uk/, United Kingdom

Queen’s University Belfast
Research Fellow

Ref: 19/107835

Wellcome Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences

Queen’s University Belfast is one of the leading universities in the UK and Ireland and is a member of the Russell Group of UK research-intensive universities. Queen’s combines excellence in research and education with a student centred ethos. We have over 24,000 students, 4,200 staff and an annual turnover of some £300m. We offer generous terms and conditions of employment underpinned by excellent benefits including attractive well-being, family friendly and other lifestyle benefits.

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 Wellcome Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine (WWIEM) is an interdisciplinary research centre which is committed to the highest quality scientific endeavour, with over 250 basic and clinical scientists working on site. Our mission is to understand the mechanisms of disease and use that understanding to develop innovative new treatments and therapies to improve patient outcomes.

We are recruiting for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with training in molecular cell biology/innate immunity/virus-host interactions/airway epithelium or in related fields for Prof. Ultan Power’s group. This is part of a large Wellcome Trust Strategic award, called Breathing Together, involving 7 UK and 1 Australian institutions


The successful applicant will study the relative consequences of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and/or aeroallergen exposure of paediatric airway epithelium derived from infants with wheeze/asthma and/or atopy compared with healthy infants. The project was designed to generate a greater understanding of factors implicated in the development of pre-school wheeze. As airway epithelium plays a central role in determining infant responses to inhaled infections or allergens, understanding how it develops in health and disease will provide major insights into the development of wheeze/asthma. This project, therefore, seeks to determine what triggers wheeze/asthma and whether or not we can predict which infants will progress to develop disease. The successful candidate will work in partnership with members of the Power group and the wider Breathing Together team, plan and perform experiments, and will be involved in the supervision and training of junior lab members.

The successful candidate must:
• Have or about to obtain a PhD in cell biology, innate immunity, virology, or equivalent subject
• At least 3 years recent relevant research experience to include experience in a wide range of laboratory techniques appropriate to study host/pathogen interactions, such as cell culture capabilities, fluorescent microscopy, biochemistry, and/or virology

This post is available from February 2020 to September 2021.

Further information about the Institute and Group can be found at:

Informal enquiries may be directed to Dr Lindsay

Broadbent via email: l.broadbent@qub.ac.uk

Salary scale: £33,797 to £36,914 per annum

Closing date: Wednesday 30 October 2019

For full job details and essential/desirable criteria please refer to 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 or assistance contact Resourcing Team, Queen’s University Belfast, BT7 1NN. Telephone (028) 9097 3044 or email on resourcing@qub.ac.uk
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.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: Ref: 19/107835