Vice-Chancellor’s Fellowships & Patrick G. Johnston Fellowships

Queen's University Belfast
Northern Ireland
The salary scale for the posts is Ac3 £39,992 - £49,149 per annum (potential to progress to £52,132
March 28 2018
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Queen’s University Belfast

Vice-Chancellor’s Fellowships & Patrick G. Johnston Fellowships                          

Ref: 18/106347

Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences
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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.

Making a global impact through excellence in research and innovation, the University is ranked joint 8th in the UK for Research Intensity (Times Higher Rankings based on REF 2014). Queen’s University Belfast brings together researchers from across disciplines to address some of the greatest societal challenges of our time, with over 75% of our research rated as world class or internationally leading.

Professor Patrick Johnston was regarded as one of the world’s foremost cancer researchers and served as the 12th President and Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s University Belfast until his death in June 2017. Professor Johnston led the modernisation of cancer services across Northern Ireland, including the development of a state-of-the-art Clinical Cancer Centre and a new research Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology (CCRCB) at the University which opened in 2007.

To support our ambitious research strategy, we are making a substantial investment and expect to award a number of prestigious Fellowships, including both Vice-Chancellor’s Fellowships and up to 5 Patrick G. Johnston Fellowships, with the latter aligned to medical research and funded by a generous philanthropic gift.

These prominent three-year Research Fellowships are a fantastic opportunity to build upon the foundations of an academic career and will lead to an academic post, subject to appropriate performance against agreed criteria. The purpose of the scheme is to support the Fellows in pursuing their research and successful Fellows will be able to access exceptional support to enable them to become leaders in their field.

In order to build upon our existing areas of world-leading research, we aim to align our Fellows with the research areas in the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences including activities associated with the Schools of: Biological Sciences; Medicine, Dentistry & Biomedical Sciences; Nursing & Midwifery; and, Pharmacy and including the Institute of Health Sciences (encompassing the Centres for Cancer Research & Cell Biology, Experimental Medicine; and, Public Health), the Institute for Global Food Security and the MATCH Pioneer Research Programme. 

You will be required to demonstrate how your current research is aligned to one or more research areas. With a relevant degree and PhD (or equivalent), you will have 3 – 6 years’ post-PhD experience, although exceptional candidates in their third year post-PhD experience will also be considered.

Queen’s University Belfast has generous terms and conditions of employment underpinned by excellent benefits. We also provide attractive well-being, family friendly and other lifestyle benefits. The salary scale for the posts is Ac3 £39,992 - £49,149 per annum (potential to progress to £52,132 per annum through sustained exceptional contribution). An additional payment may be made to those with medical training and access to generous funds is available to assist with research start-up activities.

Anticipated Interview Dates: Friday 8 June and Friday 22 June 2018

Closing date: Tuesday 8 May 2018

For more information and to apply online, visit 

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.