Research Assistant

Location UK / Belfast

Job Type

Salary See description

Updated 6 days ago

Reference 1375543

 Job Description

Excellent opportunity for a Research Assistant based in Belfast

Research Assistant

Ref: 18/106983

School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

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.

Within the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering we require a Research Assistant for a period of 6 months.

The work encompasses developing and applying computational chemistry/biology approaches to engineer enzymes to achieve desirable functions, in support of multiple enzyme evolution projects with close collaboration with biologists and chemists. Additionally, the successful applicant will be expected to contribute to the day to day running of the computer laboratory. The successful applicant will be expected to work at Almac Sciences Ltd. in Craigavon, as required by the project.  This post is available until 30 March 2019.

The position has specifications on the following topics:

  • Protein structure prediction and refinement;
  • Molecular dynamics simulations of biomolecules;
  • Free energy calculation in MD simulation;
  • Calculation of enzymatic reactions.

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 must have:

  • An Honours degree or equivalent in Chemistry or a closely related area.
  • At least 1 years’ relevant experience in protein structure simulation and enzymatic mechanism calculation.
  • Linux and network environment experience.
  • Scripting skills (e.g. Python, Perl).
  • Must display clarity of thinking and ability to address a variety of research topics.

Further information about the School can be found at 

Anticipated interview date: Monday 7 January 2019

Salary scale: £27,831 – £32,236 per annum (potential to progress to £35,210 per annum through sustained exceptional contribution)

Closing date: Tuesday 18 December 2018

For full criteria and to apply please click on the APPLY NOW button below. You must clearly demonstrate how you are meeting the criteria on your application.  

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