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Research Associate/Fellow (Fixed term)


Location:  University Park
Salary:  £29,762 to £44,414 per annum, depending on skills and experience (minimum £33348 with relevant PhD). Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance
Closing Date:  Thursday 01 June 2023
Reference:  SCI159623

The University of Nottingham (UoN) invites applications to join our exciting collaboration with AstraZeneca PLC a leading biopharmaceutical company and University College London (UCL).

As an enthusiastic graduate, this is a career-development opportunity for you to manage a project exploring new formulations and processing methods for making medicines.  Fully supported by all project partners, you will be instrumental in delivering a high profile and commercially strategic project. 

Based in the School of Pharmacy at UoN in the first year and School of Pharmacy UCL in the second year, with some visits to the Pharmaceutical Research & Development   function in Macclesfield, you will have a unique opportunity to lead the delivery of a scientifically stimulating project, to investigate the use of Deep Eutectic mixtures of active pharmaceutical ingredients using high-throughput 2d inkjet printing and later scaling up these formulations for further testing.

Stakeholder interaction will also be an important part of your role in developing and demonstrating the new system. An awareness of commercial drivers and previous industrial experience is desirable, but not essential.  

You should hold a postgraduate degree, ideally a PhD (or near to completion), in Pharmacy, Chemistry, or Data Science, or related discipline or have significant, relevant experience in the field. You should have knowledge of screening and characterisation of solids (e.g.) X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, thermal analysis, microscopic techniques, moisture sorption, crystallisation, formulation of amorphous materials, formulation of active pharmaceutical ingredients. Experience/knowledge in the field of automation and data sciences/statistics would be advantageous.

You should have experience of data analysis and an understanding of probabilities and statistics developed from your work in a similar or related role within an industrial, scientific or research environment. Experience of programming would be advantageous. 

As a people-orientated individual, you will have the ability to influence and engage collaboratively with AstraZeneca, UoN  and UCL. As a proactive person, you will have the passion and desire for creating something new and be enthusiastic and motivated to organise your own time effectively and have a flexible approach to prioritising work tasks.

UoN and UCL are committed to providing competitive employment packages whilst supporting the well-being of its staff to help them reach their full potential. 

This full-time post is to work on a joint 2-year project between The University of Nottingham and University College London. The initial 12-month contract is with the University of Nottingham, after which it is expected the successful candidate will move to UCL for the final 12 months of the project. 

Requests for secondment from internal candidates may be considered on the basis that prior agreement has been sought from both your current line manager and the manager of your substantive post, if you are already undertaking a secondment role.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Jonathan Burley (email: Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

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