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Research Fellow in Wellcome-Wolfson Inst for Experimental Medicine

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

Location: Belfast
Salary: £34,304 to £40,927
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 4th October 2021
Closes: 25th October 2021
Job Ref: 21/109245

Duration: 12 months Fixed Term Contract

The School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences is currently seeking to appoint an exceptional candidate to the post of a Research Fellow in Wellcome-Wolfson Inst for Experimental Medicine.

This post is part of a large Wellcome Trust Strategic award, called Breathing Together, involving 8 UK and 1 Australian institutions ( The successful applicant will study the relative consequences of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and/or aeroallergen exposure of paediatric airway epithelium derived from infants with wheeze/asthma and/or atopy compared with healthy infants. To do so, we are exploiting our novel models of virus-infected well-differentiated primary paediatric airway epithelium cultures (see, Villenave et al, PNAS 109:5040-45, 2012; Guo-Parke et al, Am J Resp Crit Care Med 188:842-51, 2013; Groves et al, PLoS ONE 13:e0201328, 2018)

The project was designed to generate a greater understanding of factors implicated in the development of pre-school wheeze. As airway epithelium plays a central role in determining infant responses to inhaled infections or allergens, understanding how it develops in health and disease will provide major insights into the development of wheeze/asthma. This project, therefore, seeks to determine what triggers wheeze/asthma and whether or not we can predict which infants will progress to develop disease. The successful candidate will work in partnership with members of the Power group and the wider Breathing Together team, plan and perform experiments, and will be involved in the supervision and training of junior lab members.

The successful candidate must have:

  • PhD in cell biology, innate immunity, virology, or equivalent subject.
  • At least 3 years relevant research experience to include:
  • A wide range of laboratory techniques appropriate to study host/pathogen interactions, such as excellent cell culture capabilities, fluorescent microscopy, biochemistry, and/or virology.

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

Closing date: Monday 25 October 2021

Anticipated interview date: WC 8 November 2021

Please click Apply or visit for further information about the role including the essential and desirable criteria, the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences and our attractive reward package.

Queen’s University Belfast is recognised as one of the most diverse organisations in Northern Ireland. We are committed to equality of opportunity, fair participation and welcomes applications from all. However, our Fair Employment Equality Monitoring data tells us that individuals from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities, people with a disability and those who identify as LGBT+ Members of the Protestant Community are currently under-represented in this category of work. As such, we particularly welcome applications for this role from individuals who identify with these backgrounds and / or communities.

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