Job offer in Ireland Research Assistant (Image Analyst, Bioinformatics) at Queen’s University Belfast

The Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology (CCRCB) sits within the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences and the Precision Medicine Centre (PMC) is a new clinical laboratory bringing together high-throughput genomics, digital pathology and big data analytics in a fully integrated fashion. The PMC aims to accelerate the translation of potentially relevant diagnostic, prognostic and therapeutic findings into clinically actionable information by applying state-of-the-art technology in a clinical laboratory environment. Our partnerships and collaborations with industry, academia and healthcare organisations maximises the potential to capitalise on the value of integrated clinical and biomarker information to improve patient’s outcome.

The PMC operates within a structure of two core interconnected sections – Genomics and Tissue Hybridization & Digital Pathology, linked by a Bioinformatics team and supported by a dedicated management team. The PMC, working in partnership with the successful Northern Ireland Biobank (NIB), is integrated in an existing molecular programme honed by successful research grant funding investment of several million, infrastructure programmes and clinical trials.

The Research Assistant (Image Analyst, Bioinformatics) will develop innovative approaches to image analysis (including algorithm application and design, along with automated detection and grading of cancer from microscopic images) as part of the Tissue Hybridisation and Digital Pathology (TH & DP) section of the Precision Medicine Centre of Excellence (PMC). The role will require a level of independent and creative effort in their approach to these problems, and to work closely with the Clinical lead for TH & DP and supported by the Scientific lead for TH & DP.

This post is available until 31 December 2021.

The successful Research Assistant (Image Analyst, Bioinformatics) will have:

  • Degree in computer science, computational biology, bioinformatics or related discipline.
  • Relevant research experience in a computational field.
  • Experience of working with Linux/UNIX environments.
  • Experience managing, integrating and analysing different data sources.

Further information about the Centre can be found at

Informal enquiries may be directed to Mrs Beryl Graham via email to

Anticipated interview date: Thursday 23 May 2019

Salary scale: £27,831 – £30,395 per annum

Closing date: 8 May 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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