QR Funded PhD Studentship: Thermogelling Materials for Topical Drug Delivery

University of Hertfordshire - Research Centre in Topical Drug Delivery and Toxicology (TDDT)

Applications are invited for a fully-funded PhD studentship aimed at developing novel temperature-responsive materials which are able to transition from liquid to gel upon warming. These materials have application in topical drug delivery as they are able to flow through an applicator, before gelling in situ, aiding retention at the site of application. The funding will include payment of tuition fees and a stipend in line with the guidance issued by Research Councils UK.

The successful applicant will be based in the Research Centre in Topical Drug Delivery and Toxicology (TDDT), headed by Professor Marc Brown, within the Department of Pharmacy, Pharmacology, and Postgraduate Medicine, University of Hertfordshire. They will join an exciting and dynamic research environment supported by state-of-the-art research laboratories in our new science building (opened 2016). The project will focus on monomer and polymer synthesis, supported by in silico modelling. The polymers produced will be characterised and biologically tested, followed by testing for application in topical drug delivery.

Candidates need to possess at least an upper second class degree in Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, Biochemistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pharmacy or a related subject. Due to the wide-ranging nature of this project, preference will be given to those candidates with research experience in at least one of the areas of synthetic chemistry, analytical chemistry, molecular modelling and/or in vitro biological assay. Experience of polymer synthesis would be an advantage.

For informal enquiries, or further information on how to apply please contact Dr. Michael Cook (M.Cook5@herts.ac.uk). Due to funding restrictions we are only able to accept applications from candidates who are UK residents or non-UK EU Nationals.

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