Research Fellow

Queen's University Belfast

The Patrick G Johnston Centre for Cancer Research, School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences is currently seeking to appoint a Research Fellow.

The successful applicant will work with Dr Emma Kerr to define the metabolic mechanisms of colorectal drug resistance. The position will involve working as part of a CRUK funded research programme based within the PGJCCR colorectal cancer research network, collaborating with local and international experts to generate and maintain novel in vitro and in vivo colorectal cancer models, and develop new LC-MS methodologies to study metabolic reprogramming in the context of colorectal cancer therapy.

The successful candidate must have, and your application should clearly demonstrate you have:

  • Obtained or are about to obtain a PhD in cancer biology, molecular biology or a related discipline
  • Active Personal Licence holder (DoH or HO)
  • At least three years’ relevant research experience
  • Experienced in in vitro culture of 3D organoid models of cancer
  • Demonstrable experience in GEMM colony management
  • Demonstrable experience in colorectal transplant and GEMM models of cancer, specifically using colonscopy-guided induction methodology
  • Demonstrable experience in developing and refining LC-MS metabolomics platforms in different medias
  • Publication record commensurate with experience.

Please note the above are not an exhaustive list. For further information about the role including the essential and desirable criteria please click the Candidate Information link below.

This post is fixed term, available immediately until 31 May 2024. 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.
At Queen’s our people are at the heart of everything we do. As a staff member you will become part of a vibrant organisational culture, which will provide you with the opportunity to achieve your full potential and enhance your career through a continuous focus on learning and development.

We offer an excellent employment package that includes:

  • Great terms & conditions
  • Pension schemes
  • Flexible working by enabling you to design your working week in collaboration with your manager through a blend of remote and office working                              
  • Family-friendly initiatives
  • Career development opportunities
  • Support for health & mental wellbeing
  • Generous holiday entitlement of 8.4 weeks a year (made up of 23 days annual leave, 10 closure days and 9 bank holidays)

Queen’s University is committed to promoting equality of opportunity to all. We have created an inclusive culture by establishing staff networks such as iRise (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and International Staff Network) and PRISM (LGBTQ+) which help us progress equality.

We also subscribe to Equality Charter Marks such as the Diversity Charter Mark NI in addition to Athena Swan. For further information on our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, please visit: ;  and

Informal enquiries may be directed to Nikita Lewis at [email protected]  

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