Research Fellow

Location UK / Belfast

Job Type Permanent full-time

Salary See description

Updated 2 days ago

Reference 1418226

 Job Description

Excellent opportunity for a research fellow in Natural Toxin Analysis by Mass Spectrometry based in Queens University.


Research Fellow in Natural Toxin Analysis by Mass Spectrometry

Ref: 19/107526

Institute for Global Food Security

School of Biological Sciences

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 (IGFS) is a designated Global Research Institute in the University.  The Institute aims to develop solutions to the complex problem of delivering safe, nutritious, sustainable and authentic food supplies to the world’s population. IGFS encompasses a wide range of topics including, for example, crop and animal science, food production and engineering, waste management, climate change, nutrition, human health and human rights. The Institute takes a holistic approach to food security challenges using cutting-edge research activities right across the spectrum of food security research, to span the environment-farm-food-health-economics that redefines global food security research. In 2019 the Institute and School of Biological Sciences (SoBS) have co-located in a purpose built £39 million building integrating research, education, enterprise and knowledge exchange.

The Institute has flourished since establishment as a GRI in 2014 and now has 76 Principal Investigators and associated research fellows and postgraduate research students. IGFS hosted by SoBS has fuelled interdisciplinary research and impact across Schools and the opportunity to continue to build both internally across Schools and externally with major globally leading research institutions is large.  The Institute also has a large industry engagement arm built around our academic base and today consists of around 90 companies. 

We are recruiting for a Research Fellow in Natural Toxin Analysis by Mass Spectrometry who will be an active member of the research team led by Prof Chris Elliott at the Institute for Global Food Security, assisting in the planning and delivery of the research and the development of research proposals. The successful candidate will undertake research within the area of measurement of a wide range of natural biotoxins (fungal and/or algal) present in feed and food samples.

The successful candidate will have: 

  • A PhD in analytical chemistry or a related subject.
  • Three years recent relevant research experience
  • Experience in muti-analyte detection of small molecular weight compounds, especially natural toxins using mass spectrometry
  • Experience in the maintenance and troubleshooting of mass spectrometers
  • Experience of biological sample preparation (especially foods and feeds)
  • Experience of full method validation (mass spectrometry) using internationally recognised criteria

Salary: £33,199 per annum

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Closing date: Wednesday 26 June 2019

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