Research Fellow

Research Fellow

Queen's University Belfast

Belfast, United Kingdom

Queen’s University Belfast

Research Fellow

Ref: 18/107047

Institute for Global Food Security

School of Biological Sciences

Queen’s University Belfast is one of the leading universities in the UK and Ireland, with a distinguished heritage and history. With over 24,000 students, 3,700 staff and an annual turnover of some £300m, Queen’s University Belfast plays a unique leadership role in Northern Ireland. As a member of the Russell Group of UK research-intensive universities, Queen’s University Belfast combines excellence in research and education with a student centred ethos.

Our five core values (Integrity, Connected, Ambition, Respect, Excellence) have been developed by staff and students. They express our shared understanding of what we believe, how we aim to behave and what we aspire to be as an international organisation.

Queen’s University has generous terms and conditions of employment underpinned by excellent benefits. We also provide attractive well-being, family friendly and other lifestyle benefits.

The Institute for Global Food Security sits within the School of Biological Sciences at Queen’s.

The Institute is leading the world in addressing one of the greatest global challenges – how to ensure the safety of our food. 

Our researchers track and prevent contamination of crops, animal feeds and foods. They help detect fraud along the supply chain and develop advanced food provenance systems, help to improve the quality of crops and the health of farm animals and their resistance to disease.

The Research Fellow position is part of a 4-year multi-disciplinary European Union Horizon2020 project entitled ‘Microbiome Applications for Sustainable food systems through Technologies and EnteRprise’. 

The successful candidate will undertake research investigating the effects of microalgae on ruminant phenotype and ensure all milestones and deliverables are met in a timely manner. This project will involve wet laboratory work and working with sheep. The emphasis of this position is laboratory and computational based including analysis of ‘omic data sets. 

This post is available until 31 December 2022

The successful candidate will:

  • Have or about to obtain a PhD in a relevant area (e.g. Animal Science, Microbiology, Bioinformatics).
  • A minimum of 3 years’ recent relevant experience in at least one of the following areas:

- animal science

- microbiology

- computational biology including experience of dealing with ‘omic data.

Further information about the Institute can be found at

Anticipated interview date: Week commencing 4 February 2019

Salary scale: £33,199 – £39,610 per annum (potential to progress to £43,266 per annum through sustained exceptional contribution)

Closing date: Monday 21 January 2019

For full criteria and to apply online, visit You must clearly demonstrate how you are meeting the criteria on your application. 

For further information or assistance contact Resourcing Team, Queen’s University Belfast, BT7 1NN. 

Telephone (028) 9097 3044 or email on

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.