Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Inhalation Pharmaceutics)

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: 01 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 36 months.

We seek an experienced, talented, highly motivated postdoctoral Research Fellow in Inhalation Pharmaceutics to contribute to the EPSRC-funded project “INFORM 2020 – Molecules to manufacture”. INFORM 2020 is a project led by the University of Hertfordshire, and involving Co-Investigators from the Universities of Bath, Cambridge, Leeds and Manchester as well as industrial partners from Astra Zeneca, 3M Drug Delivery Systems, Neutec R&D, Intertek Melbourn Scientific, NanoPharm Ltd., and Team Consulting. INFORM 2020 has the goal of improving our understanding of the formulation design, manufacturing processes and product performance of particulate inhalation products. 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 particle technology area that includes pharmaceutical, chemical and/or physical analyses. The successful candidate will have hands-on skills and experience in pre-formulation analysis, formulation development, manufacture and/or performance evaluation of pharmaceuticals. 

Description of Post
The successful candidate will contribute to two work streams involving advanced single particle (e.g. atomic force microscopy) and powder (e.g. surface energy analysis and deagglomeration rigs) characterisation techniques. Candidates will be based in our state-of-the-art facilities in our new (2016) Science Laboratory. A flexible approach to working will be required, since a high level of collaborative working will be required, including exchanges and off-site working in the laboratories of our colleagues at Bath, and Manchester’s Moseley X-ray Imaging Facility. You will also work in partnership with scientists from the internationally-located industrial collaborators. Darragh Murnane, Victoria Hutter and David Chau will supervise your work at the University of Hertfordshire.

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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