Pharmaceutical Data Science Research Lead: Joint Appointment with the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) (101361)

University of Strathclyde - Faculty of Science - Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

Salary range : Grade 9 (£50,618-£56,950) or Grade 10 (£58,655-£62,219) depending on the profile of the successful candidate

The Candidate: We seek to appoint an experienced researcher (grade 9/10 depending on the profile of the successful candidate) to lead the development of Pharmaceutical Data Science programmes underpinning our Digital Pharmaceutical Manufacturing agenda. Building on the excellent capabilities across NPL and CMAC, the post holder will be responsible for leading new data-driven research activities building on recent major investments in instrumentation and a suite of advanced analytical and characterisation tools and advanced processing platforms within the new CMAC National Facility housed within the University of Strathclyde’s Technology and Innovation Centre.

The successful candidate will have a postgraduate degree and excellent academic track record in computer science, statistics, applied mathematics or in a relevant physical or materials science, physics, manufacturing or related domain, with relevant experience in one or more of the following areas:
(1)   data analytics for image registration, visualisation and fusion of multiple data types;
(2)   chemoinformatics / AI / machine learning / deep learning methods for interpretation of particle features and process control optimisation, and relating process history to performance and underlying chemistry;
(3)   software tool development and deployment to support a range of expert and non-expert users.

Note that a previous track record in pharmaceutical sciences is not a prerequisite. An interest in solving pharmaceutical manufacturing or related problems with a strong aptitude for applying data science to deliver research solutions in these areas is required. Good project management skills and experience of managing multiple timelines would be an advantage as would strong oral and written communication skills combined with a creative drive and flexibility to work in a high-paced and evolving operating model.

We invite applications from candidates who can demonstrate an established track record in research or academic positions, including an impressive track record of published research in high quality publications and experience of supporting or leading the attraction of significant research funding and of managing the delivery of a research project team. 

* The appointment will be made at either Grade 9 (£50,618-£56,950) or Grade 10 (£58,655-£62,219), depending on the profile of the successful candidate.

Formal interviews for this post will take place February/March.

Informal enquiries about the post can be directed to Professor Alastair Florence, CMAC Director ( 

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