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 Institute for Global Food Security sits within the School of Biological Sciences at Queen’s. 

The Institute is leading the world in addressing one of the greatest global challenges – how to ensure the safety of our food. 

Our researchers track and prevent contamination of crops, animal feeds and foods. They help detect fraud along the supply chain and develop advanced food provenance systems, help to improve the quality of crops and the health of farm animals and their resi4stance to disease.

We are recruiting for a research fellow who will be an active member of the research team; planning and delivering the main objectives of a specific research project so the overall research aims are fulfilled. 

The successful Research Fellow will undertake research under supervision of the principal investigator to aid the design and development of working models, statistical, mathematical, or simulation, of a food system. Although the eventual developed model will be primarily an IT based solution, the work will be multi-disciplinary including but not limited to: food systems, food science, economics, environment, supply chain, predictive analytics and risk analysis. While the post-holder will not be expected to have expertise in all areas, they will be expected to be comfortable discussing and developing the model across disciplines. Responsibilities will include modelling, developing and testing algorithms, machine learning, statistical analyses, critical evaluations, and interpretations using methodologies and other appropriate techniques. 

The successful Research Fellow will have:

  • PhD in a relevant area (i.e. modelling, big data, food systems, supply chain)
  • Recent relevant research experience
  • Experience of modelling and a range of complex statistical techniques

Further information about the Institute can be found at 

Informal enquiries may be directed to Stephen Todd, email: 

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

Closing date: Thursday 21 March 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 Human Resources, 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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