Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Inhalation Devices)

University of Hertfordshire - Research Centre for Topical Drug Delivery and Toxicology, School of Life and Medical Sciences

Salary Rate: Starting at £32,004 to £38,183 per annum (depending on experience)

Start Date: 1 February 2017

This is a full-time appointment working 37 hours per week (1.0 FTE) on a fixed term contract for a period of 15 months.

We seek an experienced, talented, and highly motivated postdoctoral Research Fellow in Inhalation Devices to contribute to the EPSRC-funded project “OCCORIS – Self-Activating Smart Inhaler”. This project is an exciting collaboration between the University of Hertfordshire and Alviol Ltd., an inhalation technology start-up based in Cambridge (UK). The aim of this project is to develop and test device designs for a novel breath-actuated dry powder inhaler, including manufacturing particulate formulations and undertake performance testing. If you would like an overview of the project, please copy and paste the following link into your web browser:

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • To perform experimental design, direct and undertake physical and chemical analysis of powders used in inhalation formulations
  • To design tests and experiments that will improve understanding of powder behaviour.
  • To analyse and interpret data (including statistical analysis and data modelling), and compile results and data into reports on the research undertaken
  • To present data and results in written reports, papers and presentation, including at conferences

Required Qualifications Skills, and Experience
Applicants must possess a PhD degree in inhalation pharmaceutics or a related discipline that includes device engineering, pharmaceutical, chemical and/or physical analysis. The successful candidate will require skills and experience to undertake hands-on device design, formulation development, and performance evaluation of dry powder inhalers. 

Description of Post
The successful candidate will contribute to four research streams involving manufacture and characterisation of dry powder formulations. This will include physical and chemical testing of inhalation devices (including individual components), particle and powder manufacturing and characterisation, and pharmacopoeial performance tests of DPI device products. Candidates will be based in our state-of-the-art facilities in our new Science Laboratory. A flexible approach to working will be required, since collaborative working including exchanges and off-site working in the laboratories of our colleagues at Alviol are expected. Darragh Murnane, and Victoria Hutter will supervise your work at the University of Hertfordshire, but your work will also be supervised by Ben Wicks, who leads Alviol’s development programme.

Applicants will have a high degree of motivation and, and the ability to work both independently and in collaboration with the other colleagues. Applicants will also be expected to contribute to the expansion of our inhalation sciences research themes.

Contact details: For informal queries about this role please contact Dr Darragh Murnane, Associate Dean (Enterprise),; or Dr Victoria Hutter, Senior Lecturer in Clinical Pharmaceutics,

The University offers a range of benefits including a pension scheme, professional development, family friendly policies, child care vouchers, a fee waiver of 50% for all children of staff under the age of 21 at the start of the course, discounted memberships at the Hertfordshire Sports Village and generous annual leave.

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