Job offer in Ireland Research Fellow at Queen’s University Belfast

The School of Biological Sciences aims to enhance the way we use technology in research, food security, microbiology, ecosystem biology, sustainability and many other related areas.

The Research Fellow will be an innovative and highly productive member of a new research group led by Prof Eric Morgan in the School of Biological Sciences.

The position will involve working as part of an international collaborative research programme that is investigating the use of novel vaccines to help control parasite infections in livestock in the face of drug resistance and climate change.

The purpose of this part of the project is primarily to adapt, develop further and validate existing epidemiological simulation models to consider the impact of prototype vaccines against gastrointestinal nematodes in sheep, on parasite population dynamics and flock performance. These models will benefit from observational data being collected on study farms in England and Scotland by project partners Benchmark Animal Health Ltd. and the Moredun Research Institute, against which predictions will be validated ahead of planned vaccine trials. Outcomes will be assessments of the epidemiological impacts of vaccination in the UK and abroad under current and projected future climates; optimisation of recommended vaccination regimes (number and timing of doses in different stock classes); and a model toolkit to support future work and grant applications.

The successful applicant will be seeking to lead this ambitious short-term research project and deliver outcomes on time. This will involve liaising closely with the grant holder and external partners and advisors, and require considerable independence in driving the work and achieving targets. They will also be expected to contribute to grant applications that, if successful, would provide funding for a longer post on the same area. This is a 6-month post funded by the European Commission under its H2020 programme, ending on or before 31 March 2019.

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 or be about to obtain a relevant PhD in Veterinary Parasitology or a closely related research area.
  • At least 3 years’ recent relevant research experience to include experience in quantitative methods such as mathematical modelling, computer simulation, and/or advanced statistical analysis of biological data

Further information about the School can be found at

Anticipated interview date: Tuesday 11 September 2018

Salary scale:   £32,548 – £38,833 per annum (potential to progress to £42,418 per annum through sustained exceptional contribution)

Closing date: Monday 20 August 2018

For full criteria and to apply online, visit 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.