Job offer in Ireland Research Assistant in Telemetry/Fieldwork and Data Analytics 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.  Most staff within the School are also members of the Institute for Global Food Security GRI: the Institute is ranked No 1 in the UK for research intensity in Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Sciences (REF 2014).

The School aims to enhance the way we use technology in research, food security, microbiology, ecosystem biology, sustainability and many other related areas.  The School prides itself on providing innovative teaching methods and a high-tech learning environment for our students and has been awarded the prestigious Athena SWAN Gold award in recognition of its work to support women in science.

We have a unique and exciting opportunity in an inter-regional setting for a Research Assistant to work on a multi-species marine telemetry and biologging project combining studies on flapper skate and basking shark around Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland.  As part of this ambitious project the Research Assistant within this team will help establish a series of small marine acoustic telemetry arrays and take a leading role in delivering a number of telemetry/biologging studies on both basking shark and flapper skate.

The post holder will provide specialist advice on issues to the Project Board and other partners as appropriate.

This post is full time for 41 months or until 31 December 2022 (whichever is sooner).

The successful candidate may be based at either our Belfast or Portaferry School sites.

The successful candidate must have:

  • Degree in a relevant subject area.
  • UK, ROI (or broader EU) animal handling qualifications for aquatic species.
  • Recent & relevant experience working with marine migratory species including field work and processing of geospatial / animal movement data (e.g. satellite telemetry, biologging).
  • Experience of financial and project management.

Anticipated interview date: Tuesday 9 July 2019

Salary: £27,831 per annum

Closing date: Monday 1 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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