Research Associate/Fellow in Environmental Pharmaceutical Analysis

University of Nottingham - Engineering

Location: University Park

Salary: £25,769 to £37,768 per annum, depending on skills and experience (minimum £28,982 with relevant PhD). Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance

We are seeking an excellent postdoctoral researcher in Environmental Pharmaceutical Analysis.

The post will interface between analytical chemistry and process/chemical engineering/science, funded by a NERC-led cross council programme. In the 24 month project, you will develop and validate methods to analyse pharmaceutical residues in environmental matrices, outcomes from this project being utilised to inform on current knowledge limitations to understanding the key factors influencing antimicrobial resistance in the environment.

Specifically, the project will focus on developing, validating and applying new methods to extract and analyse pharmaceutical residues in environmental matrices related to the dairy farm environment. The environmental matrices may include wastewater slurry, sediment, and soil. Pharmaceutical antibiotics are selection drivers for antimicrobial resistance, yet there exists no understanding how the pharmaceutical presence and fate correlates to antimicrobial resistance in the dairy farm environment including application of wastes to crops. The post is funded by the NERC EVAL-FARMS project (Evaluating the Threat of Antimicrobial Resistance in Agricultural Manures and Slurries). This is a highly multidisciplinary project that includes microbiology, pharmaceutical analysis, cultural research and mathematical modelling. Therefore the post-holder must be able to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

Candidates should ideally hold (or shortly be due for completion) a PhD, EngD (or equivalent) in chemistry/pharmacy sciences or chemical/process engineering (or a related discipline) and a strong background and/or experience in analytical science. Excellent oral and written English language skills are essential. Applicants must be highly motivated, ambitious and have a proven track record of timely research publications (from PhD or beyond). Graduates with relevant industrial experience are also encouraged to apply.

This is full-time, fixed-term post for 2 years.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Rachel Gomes, tel: 0115 846 8883 or email; Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

The University of Nottingham is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

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