Research Fellow

Research Fellow

Queen’s University Belfast

Belfast, Ireland

Queen’s University Belfast
Research Fellow
Ref: 19/107146
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.

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 will be an active member of the research team assisting in the planning and delivery of research led by Dr Katrina Campbell at the Institute of Global Food Security. The successful candidate will work on one of two BBSRC research projects for Safe and Sustainable Shellfish: Introducing local testing and management solutions & A Scalable Bio-based Solution to Eliminate Cyanotoxins in Drinking Water. These projects hold the potential to develop novel diagnostic solutions for determining chemical contaminants in food and water.

This post is available until 31 January 2021.

The successful Research Fellow will:
• Have 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
• Practical experience in analytical method development

Further information about the Institute can be found at:

Anticipated interview date: Monday 18 March 2019

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

Closing date: Wednesday 6 March 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.

Quote Reference: Ref: 19/107146