Research Fellow

Research Fellow

Queen’s University Belfast

Belfast, Ireland

Queen’s University Belfast
Research Fellow
Ref: 19/107148
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.

The School of Biological Sciences aims to enhance the way we use technology in research, food security, microbiology, ecosystem biology, sustainability and many other related areas.
The Research Fellow will be an innovative, highly productive, ambitious and collaborative member of a new research group led by Professor Eric Morgan in the School of Biological Sciences. The position will involve working as part of a research programme that is investigating the epidemiology of parasite infections in animals under climate change.

The purpose of the project is primarily to adapt, develop further and validate existing epidemiological simulation models to consider the impact of targeted selective treatment (TST) of gastrointestinal nematodes in cattle, on both parasite population dynamics and herd performance. These models will be used to inform TST trials on selected farms in Northern Ireland, to provide proof of principle and underpin wider uptake. A parallel work programme will refine empirical understanding of climatic drivers of infective nematode larval availability and distribution, to feed into model structure and parameter estimation. Simulations using the model will assess the sustainability of TST approaches under climate and farm management change. Outputs will be high quality peer reviewed publications, strategic recommendations to the UK cattle farming industry and a toolkit for computer simulation of parasites on cattle farms.

The successful applicant will lead this ambitious cutting edge research project and be involved in supervision, planning, day-to-day lab management, collaborations (including with project partners at Newcastle University) and outreach. ’This post is for 24 months, starting 1st May 2019.

The successful Research Fellow will:

• Have or be about to obtain a relevant PhD in veterinary parasitology or a closely related research area.
• At least 3 years’ recent relevant research experience to include experience in quantitative methods such as mathematical modelling, computer simulation, and/or advanced statistical analysis of biological data, to include computer programming experience using R, Matlab, Python, or other language relevant to the project.

Further information about the School 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: 19/107148