Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Molecular Biology job with QUEENS UNIVERSITY BELFAST

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The School of Medicine, Dentistry & Biomedical Sciences (MDBS) at Queen’s University Belfast is currently seeking to nominate an exceptional candidate for the position of Postdoctoral Research Fellow.

The Tiwari Lab ( is recruiting a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Molecular Biology. Our team is working on applying functional genomics approaches to decipher gene regulatory networks underlying brain development and function and to understand how these are disrupted in disease.

Epilepsy is a common and serious brain disorder characterized by recurrent seizures. The recruited postdoc will derive and analyze state-of-the-art genomic data from patients to unveil what happens to the transcriptome in the intact human brain during epileptiform activity and how this is regulated via epigenetic states. This innovative, groundbreaking research study brings together the world’s leading experts to gain a deeper understanding of the relationship between epileptiform activity and the molecular landscape in the human brain. This will improve the understanding of the mechanistic basis of these biomarkers and help to develop novel transcript and epigenome targeting therapeutics in the future. Depending on your interests, it is also possible to work in bioinformatic analysis.

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The following Tiwari Laboratory publications may be referred to for more information on the ongoing research program and to assess eligibility:

Nature Cell Biology, 2022, August 24, 1265-1277; nature communication. Jul 27, 2022;13(1):4320; Genes & Development, 2020, Sep; 34(17-18):1190-1209; Nature, 2019, March; 567(7746):113-117; cell stem cell, Oct 4, 2018; 23(4):557; Nature Communications 2017 Nov 15;8(1):1523; The EMBO Journal 4 Jan 2016;35(1):24-45; J Cell Science 1 Dec 2015; 128 (23): 4380-94; The EMBO Journal 2015 Aug 13;34(16):2162-81; Genome Research, 2015 Sep;25(9):1309-24; Nature Communications, 2013, September 27; 4:2478; Cancer Cell, 2013, 23, 768-783; PNAS 2012 Apr 17;109(16):E934-43; Natural Genetics, January 2012; 18;44(1):94-100; Nature 2011 Dec 14;480(7378):490-5.

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

  • Have or are about to have a PhD in molecular biology or biochemistry or epigenetics or neurobiology or genetics or related fields.
  • 3 years of recent relevant work experience (including PhD) including:

    • gene regulation
    • cell culture
    • Basic molecular biology assays such as RNA extraction, qPCR, immunoblot analysis, IP assays.

  • At least one recent, high-quality, first-author original research publication in a reputable, peer-reviewed journal commensurate with career level.

Please note that the list above is not a complete list. For more information about the position, including essential and desirable criteria, please click on the Candidate Information link below.

The position is limited to 12 months with the possibility of extension.

Temporary positions are initially available for the period stated but may be extended or hired on a permanent basis in certain circumstances, subject to funding availability.

At Queen’s, our people are at the heart of everything we do. As an employee, you will become part of a vibrant company culture that offers you the opportunity to reach your full potential and improve your career through a continuous focus on learning and development.

We offer an excellent employment package that includes:

  • Great terms and conditions
  • retirement provision
  • Family-friendly initiatives
  • Career Development Opportunities
  • Support for health and mental wellbeing
  • Generous holiday entitlement of 8 weeks per year (consisting of 23 days annual holiday, 10 days off and 9 public holidays)

Queen’s University is committed to promoting equal opportunities for all. We have created an inclusive culture by establishing employee networks like iRise (Race) and PRISM (LGBTQ+) to help us advance equality.

In addition to Athena Swan, we also subscribe to Equality Charter Marks such as the Diversity Charter Mark NI. For more information on our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion visit:; and

Informal inquiries can be sent to Dr. Effie Kostaeli at [email protected]

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