Job offer in Ireland Research Assistant at Queen’s University Belfast

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, 4,200 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 School of Biological Sciences is part of the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences. It is made up of three research disciplines, including Ecosystems Biology & Sustainability, Food Safety & Nutrition, and Microbes & Pathogen Biology. The Institute for Global Food Security is a designated Global Research Institute with the School of Biological Sciences and is ranked No 1 in the UK for research intensity in Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Sciences (REF 2014). 

The Institute aims to develop solutions to the complex problem of delivering safe, nutritious, sustainable and authentic food supplies to the world’s population. IGFS encompasses a wide range of topics including, for example, crop and animal science, food production and engineering, waste management, climate change, nutrition, human health and human rights. The Institute takes a holistic approach to food security challenges using cutting-edge research activities right across the spectrum of food security research, to span the environment-farm-food-health-economics that redefines global food security research. In 2019 the Institute and School of Biological Sciences (SoBS) have co-located in a purpose built GBP 39 million building integrating research, education, enterprise and knowledge exchange.

The Institute has flourished since establishment as a GRI in 2014 and now has 76 Principal Investigators and associated research fellows and postgraduate research students. IGFS hosted by SoBS has fuelled interdisciplinary research and impact across Schools and the opportunity to continue to build both internally across Schools and externally with major globally leading research institutions is large. The Institute also has a large industry engagement arm built around our academic base and today consists of around 90 companies. 

We are recruiting for a Research Assistant who will be an active member of the European multi-partner research project OLEUM and the team assisting in the successful completion of the research and administrative activities involved.

The successful Research Assistant will report into the Director of Strategic Alliances and undertake research and administration-related activities under supervision within the OLEUM Horizon 2020 research project as a member of the QUB research team with consists of the grand holder and PI and the CI. Responsibilities will include helping co-ordinate interlaboratory method performance studies and setting up and managing the OLEUM Network, a laboratory and stakeholder community for olive oil research. This will include recruiting of individuals and companies to the OLEUM Network, maintaining the network and its several groups and developing new content from the research work carried out in the OLEUM project.

This post is available until 31 August 2020.

The successful Research Assistant must have:

  • BSc in Food Science/Food Chemistry/Analytical chemistry or related subject
  • Proven experience in food analysis including LC and GC methodology

Further information about the Institute and the Director of Strategic Alliances can be found at

Informal enquiries may be directed to Joyce Watterson, email:

Salary scale: £27,831 per annum

Closing date: Wednesday 31 July 2019

For full job details and essential/desirable criteria please refer to the candidate information link on our website by clicking apply. For further information or assistance contact The Resourcing Team, People and Culture, 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.


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