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 Centre for Experimental Medicine is an interdisciplinary research centre which is committed to the highest quality scientific endeavour, with over 250 basic and clinical scientists working on site. 

Our mission is to understand the mechanisms of disease and use that understanding to develop innovative new treatments and therapies to improve patient outcomes. We are based in Belfast in the award winning Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine.

The Research Fellow will be a highly productive, ambitious and collaborative member of the Infection Biology research team led by Prof Jose Bengoechea in the Centre for Experimental Medicine. The position will involve working as part of a MRC CiC-funded research programme that seeks to find compounds affecting the interplay between the human pathogen Klebsiella pneumoniae and macrophages by interrogating a chemical library of FDA-approved drugs. The project, at the interphase of microbiology and immunology, will utilise high throughput methods, single cell level approaches, and is based in a highly collaborative team, carrying out basic research.

The post is a senior role in the team and as such, successful applicants will have responsibilities in independent research, supervision, planning, day-to-day lab management, collaborations and outreach. The post is suited to a highly ambitious individual, preferably with previous postdoctoral experience, and is available for 1 year.

The successful Research Fellow will have:

  • Have a PhD in Immunology, Molecular Microbiology, or a closely related area.
  • Recent research experience to include 2 years’ experience in immunology or molecular/
cellular microbiology.
  • Recent extensive hands-on experience in at least two of the following:
  1. tissue culture
  2. cell infections and assessing bacterial survival
  4. siRNA/shRNA and transfections
  • Recent extensive hands-on experience in at least two of the following:
  1. molecular bacteriology (specifically construction of mutants)
  2. innate immune pathways analysis
  3. extensive experience with in vivo models (mouse model)

Further information about the Centre can be found at  

Anticipated interview date: Wednesday 6 March 2019

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

Closing date: Monday 18 February 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.


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