Research Fellow/Research Assistant

Queen's University Belfast - School of Pharmacy

Queen’s University Belfast is one of the leading universities in the UK and Ireland, with a distinguished heritage and history. With over 24,000 students, 3,700 staff and an annual turnover of some £300m, Queen’s University Belfast plays a unique leadership role in Northern Ireland. As a member of the Russell Group of UK research-intensive universities, Queen’s University Belfast combines excellence in research and education with a student centred ethos.

The School of Pharmacy is one of the UK’s leading centres for research in Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Our research focuses on making real-world improvements for patients through our expertise in pharmaceutical science and practice.

This temporary post is available for 12 months to be an active member within the Drug Delivery research cluster at the School of Pharmacy, Queen’s University Belfast to assist in the planning and delivery of research within the area of ocular drug delivery so that the overall research objectives of the project are met.  The successful candidate will design, develop and refine experimental apparatus and experiments appropriate to the preparation, characterisation and development of drug delivery systems.

The salary offered to the successful candidate will depend on whether or not they have obtained their PhD.

The successful candidate must:

  • Hold 2:1 Masters/bachelor’s degree in or equivalent in Pharmacy, Polymer science, Medicinal chemistry or Pharmaceutical chemistry.
  • Hold or be about to obtain a PhD in Drug Delivery, Pharmaceutical Technology, Pharmaceutics, Pharmaceutical Analysis or Polymer science.
  • Have at least 2.5 years of recent and relevant research experience in the area of drug delivery.
  • Have experience in laboratory-based research involving controlled release drug delivery systems, characterisation of delivery systems, and in vitro testing of biomaterials.

Further information about the School can be found at

Anticipated interview date: Thursday 16 August 2018

Salary scale:

Research Assistant: £27,285 - £31,604 per annum (potential to progress to £34,520 per annum through sustained exceptional contribution)

Research Fellow: £32,548 - £38,833 per annum (potential to progress to £42,418 per annum through sustained exceptional contribution)

Closing date: Wednesday 8 August 2018

For full criteria and to apply online, visit For further information or assistance contact Human Resources, Queen’s University Belfast, BT7 1NN. Telephone (028) 9097 3044 or email on

The University is committed to equality of opportunity and to selection on merit. It therefore welcomes applications from all sections of society and particularly welcomes applications from people with a disability 

Fixed term contract posts are available for the stated period in the first instance but in particular circumstances may be renewed or made permanent subject to availability of funding.

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