Research Fellow

Queen's University Belfast - Centre for Experimental Medicine School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences

Founded in 1845 as Queen’s College Belfast, we became an independent university in 1908. Today, we’re a member of the Russell Group, combining excellence in research and education with a student-centred ethos.

The Innate Immunity & Tissue Regeneration group led by Dr Yvonne Dombrowski within the Centre is looking for a highly ambitious, enthusiastic and productive new team member for this 12 months postdoc position. Further information about the group can be found at

The successful candidate will help to uncover the role of the AIM2 and NLRP3 inflammasome in CNS damage using in vitro, ex vivo and in vivo models (see Dombrowski et al Nature Neuroscience 2017 Inflammasomes are intracellular danger sensors that generate IL-1beta and IL-18, to elicit a pro-inflammatory immune response. The project will focus on how these inflammasomes are activated after CNS damage and the effect on the damage response when they 
are depleted.

Applications are invited from enthusiastic, highly motivated and efficient individuals with a strong commitment to research. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated background in neuroscience, immunology or tissue repair or closely related fields with an excellent PhD degree awarded. The candidate should be committed to developing a dynamic, academic career in science and have excellent communication skills in written and spoken English.

We offer scientific development opportunities in an international and interdisciplinary environment and support our postdoctoral fellows with a Centre-based mentoring program to support career development.

Our five core values (Respect, Integrity, Excellence, Ambition, Connected) 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:

  • A PhD in immunology, neuroscience, tissue repair or a closely related area. (PhD thesis must be submitted)
  • At least 3 years recent research experience in immunology, neuroscience or closely related area.
  • Recent extensive hands-on experience in one of the following:
  1. primary cell/tissue culture
  2. in vivo models


Recent extensive hands-on experience in two of the following:

  1. immunofluorescence
  2. Flow cytometry
  3. tissue sectioning
  4. Western Blot
  5. qPCR
  6. Macrophage isolation and culturing
  • Recent high quality original publications in reputable peer-reviewed journals, commensurate with career stage

Full criteria can be found online at

Further information about the Centre can be found at

Anticipated interview date: Thursday 18 January 2018

Salary: £32,548 per annum

Closing date: Wednesday 3 January 2018

Apply online at 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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