Research Fellow (Computer Scientist) in Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology Queen’s University Belfast United Kingdom

Queen’s University Belfast

Research Fellow (Computer Scientist)     

Ref: 19/107125

Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology

School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences


Queen’s University Belfast is one of the leading universities in the UK and Ireland, with a distinguished heritage and history. With over 24,000 students, 3,700 staff and an annual turnover of some £300m, Queen’s University Belfast plays a unique leadership role in Northern Ireland. As a member of the Russell Group of UK research-intensive universities, Queen’s University Belfast combines excellence in research and education with a student centred ethos.


Queen’s University has generous terms and conditions of employment underpinned by excellent benefits. We also provide attractive well-being, family friendly and other lifestyle benefits.


The Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology (CCRCB) sits within the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences. 

CCRCB works with partners around the world in developing cancer treatments and pioneering advances in patient care.


This post-doctoral computer scientist will work within the McArt laboratory with an established integrative analytical environment to update analysis modules and embed biological data, allowing non-computation biology users the ability to query information.

The position is part of the recently-funded Cancer Research UK International Accelerator programme encompassing many different academic institutes and an exciting body of research.

The existing analytical environment developed as part of a Queen’s foundation project, offers researchers the ability to mine and analyse information remotely and securely with capacity to learn new insights into the data lake created. The post-holder will offer support to curate and ingest information to providing feedback and capacity for extended data exploration.


The successful candidate will work within a stimulating research environment where collaboration and development of new ideas is strongly encouraged, alongside support for career development for emerging talents. The overarching goals of this research group is to improve survival rates for patients with CRC, through improved understanding of the signalling pathways underpinning initiation, invasion and metastasis in CRC.


This post is available until 31 January 2021


The successful candidate will:


• Hold (or about to obtain) a PhD in computer science, computational biology, bioinformatics or related discipline.

• At least three years’ relevant research experience in a computational field

• Experience of working with Linux/UNIX environments

• Experience managing, integrating and analysing different data sources

• Proficiency with a modern high-level programming language

• Experience creating, querying and maintaining databases, particularly MySQL or PostgreSQL

• Experience with suitable analysis and plotting languages, particularly R, Python


Further information about the Centre can be found at 


Salary scale:   £33,199 - £39,610 per annum (potential to progress to £43,266 per annum through sustained exceptional contribution)


Closing date: Wednesday 27 February 2019


For full criteria and to apply online, visit


You must clearly demonstrate how you are meeting the criteria on your application. 

For further information or assistance contact Resourcing Team, 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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