Job offer in Ireland Research Fellow 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, 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 Pharmacy at Queen’s has been ranked 2nd in the UK for Pharmacy and Pharmacology according to the Guardian University Guide 2018.

The Research Fellow will contribute to the on-going research programmes in naturally-occurring bioactive peptides with special emphasis on their identification and pharmacological characterisation at both macro and molecular levels. This post is available until October 2020.

Our five core values (Integrity, Connected, Ambition, Respect, Excellence) have been developed by staff and students.

They express our shared understanding of what we believe, how we aim to behave, and what we aspire to be as an international organisation.

The successful candidate will have:

  • An Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant pharmaceutical, biological, or chemical discipline.
  • A PhD (or be about to obtain) in a molecular-based life sciences discipline.
  • Current experience of molecular identification and pharmacological techniques applied to the characterisation of naturally-occurring, biologically active peptides. Relevant techniques include cloning genes for peptide precursors and/or receptor targets, interrogation of gene and protein databases, mass spectrometry to monitor peptide catabolism, peptide synthesis, and smooth muscle bioassays.

Further information about the School can be found at

Anticipated interview date: Tuesday 13 November 2018.

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

Closing date: Wednesday 31 October 2018.

For full criteria and to apply online, visit 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.


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