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.

This three year Medical Research Council UK funded position is available for a highly-motivated, ambitious candidate with strong interest in host-pathogen interaction is available within the research team of Dr Gunnar Schroeder.

The successful candidate will drive an exciting research programme and use microbiological, cell biological and biochemical methods combined with cutting-edge imaging and proteomics analysis to elucidate new molecular mechanisms of host subversion by the facultative intracellular human pathogen Legionella pneumophila. 

The Schroeder Team is based in the brand-new Wellcome-Wolfson Building providing state-of-the-art labs and research facilities. The successful candidate will be part of a dynamic and collaborative team, a vibrant, international postdoc community and have access to personal development opportunities.

The successful candidate will have a senior role within the team and as such, the post holder will have responsibilities in research, supervision, planning, lab management and collaborations. The post is suited to an organised, productive and communicative individual, preferably with postdoctoral experience in studying host-pathogen interactions.

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 Cellular or Molecular Microbiology, Cell Biology or Biochemistry or a closely related area.
  • Have at least three years’ recent research experience in Cellular or Molecular Microbiology, Cell Biology or Biochemistry or a related discipline, preferentially with focus on host-pathogen interaction.
  • Have recent extensive hands-on experience in at least three of the following:
  1. Cell infections;
  2. Transfections and/or transductions;
  3. Gene knock down/out by siRNA, shRNA and/or CRISPR-Cas;
  4. Molecular biology (construction of plasmids etc.);
  5. Flow cytometry;
  6. Epifluorescence/confocal and/or super-resolution microscopy;
  7. Proteomics sample preparation and data analysis.
  • Have recent high-quality original research publications in reputable peer-reviewed journals, commensurate with career stage

Full criteria can be found online at

Anticipated interview date: Friday 2 March 2018

Salary scale: £32,548 - £35,550 per annum

Closing date: Wednesday 7 February 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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