Research Assistant

Location UK / Belfast

Job Type Fixed term contract

Salary See description

Updated 5 days ago

Reference 1430689

 Job Description

Excellent opportunity for a Research Assistant based in Belfast.


Research Assistant

Ref: 19/107708

Institute of Global Food Security

School of Biological Sciences

Queen’s University Belfast is one of the leading universities in the UK and Ireland and is a member of the Russell Group of UK research-intensive universities. Queen’s combines excellence in research and education with a student centred ethos.  We have over 24,000 students, 4,200 staff and an annual turnover of some £300m.  We offer generous terms and conditions of employment underpinned by excellent benefits including attractive well-being, family friendly and other lifestyle benefits.

The School of Biological Sciences is part of the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences.  It is made up of three research disciplines, including Ecosystems Biology & Sustainability, Food Safety & Nutrition, and Microbes & Pathogen Biology.  Most staff within the School are also members of the Institute for Global Food Security GRI: the Institute is ranked No 1 in the UK for research intensity in Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Sciences (REF 2014).

The School aims to enhance the way we use technology in research, food security, microbiology, ecosystem biology, sustainability and many other related areas.  The School prides itself on providing innovative teaching methods and a high-tech learning environment for our students and has been awarded the prestigious Athena SWAN Gold award in recognition of its work to support women in science.

We are recruiting for a Research Assistant who will be an active member of the research team assisting in the planning and delivery of research led by Dr Katrina Campbell at the Institute of Global Food Security within the framework of the H2020 EU project Eurobiotox. This research project is a European Program for the Establishment of Validated Procedures for the Detection and Identification of Biological Toxins.

The successful candidate must have:

  • 1st class or 2.1 Degree or equivalent in biochemistry, chemistry or analytical science or related discipline
  • 1 years recent relevant practical experience in HPLC/UPLC and Mass Spectrometry
  • Experience of biological sample preparation (especially foods and feeds)
  • Practical experience in the validation of analytical methods to recognised international criteria

Contract: Available for 12 months

Salary: £27,831 per annum

To apply for this role please click on the APPLY NOW button below to be directed to our website.

Closing date: Wednesday 28 August 2019

Anticipated interview date: Wednesday 18 September 2019

The University is committed to equality of opportunity and to selection on merit.  We welcome applications from all sections of society and particularly from people with a disability.