Research Fellow (Computer Scientist) Queen’s University Belfast United Kingdom

Queen’s University Belfast

Research Fellow (Computer Scientist)     

Ref: 19/107357

Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology

School 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 position will seek to employ Deep Learning methodologies to patient digital acquired images as part of a two year funded programme encapsulating an MRC Confidence in Concept award. The overall programme is to understand and develop an algorithm producing probabilities of key markers driving cancer from digital images. With a key role in the curation of large datasets and development of bespoke tools, it is expected the candidate will implement novel and bespoke software methods, verify analyses and add to the ongoing Artificial Intelligence programme within the McArt Lab in CCRCB. As part of this research project, it is important the candidate will be able to drive discovery approaches and develop software to address key hypotheses. The role will seek to build capacity between key partners and the development of bespoke software. The successful candidate will be expected to integrate into a multidisciplinary environment provided on site, and to interact with the key focus groups in data handling and analytics.


This post is available until 31 March 2020.


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


•  Have obtained or be within 6 months of obtaining a PhD in computer science, computational biology, bioinformatics, biostatistics, mathematics or related discipline.

•  At least 3 years’ relevant research experience in a computational field.

•  Experience of working with Linux/UNIX environments.

•  Significant experience managing, integrating and analysing different data sources.

•  Experience in web-enabled frameworks such as Angular and Express/Node or ASP.Net.


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 8 May 2019


For full job details and essential/desirable criteria please refer to the candidate information link on our website by clicking apply. For further information or assistance contact The Resourcing Team, People and Culture, 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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