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Fellowship in Quality of Medical Products

University College London - Research Department of Pharmaceutics

Location: London
Salary: £43,884 to £51,769 UCL Grade 8 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 12th February 2019
Closes: 31st March 2019
Job Ref: 1793499

We are seeking to recruit a Fellow to work on one or more of the following areas:

Quality of Excipients

–Developing a working definition of what “poor quality” means in terms of excipients
–Characterizing the burden, in terms of poor health outcomes or economic consequences, from poor-quality medicines due to inclusion of poor-quality excipients
–Understanding where and when vulnerabilities exist in the excipient supply chain and how they impact medical product quality

Novel Excipients

–Identifying regulatory and market approaches to promote the development of novel excipients
–Exploring the use and/or development of novel excipients to support medical product development for special patient populations (e.g., pediatrics/geriatrics) or conditions (e.g., neurodegenerative diseases), as well as specific product classes and emerging formulations (e.g., biologics). Quantifying the benefits of novel excipients, and identifying case studies where novel excipients have been crucial to permit a new medicine to come to market.
–Identifying specific existing and emerging/future medicines or classes of medicines where quality could be advanced with the use of novel excipients Testing Excipients
–Understanding variability within excipients, and the specific functional and quality impacts of excipients on their medical products.

As part of the application for this fellowship, candidates will formulate and propose a research project to carry out during a two-year timeframe. Awarded fellows will work with mentors to advance medicines quality; key activities include the following:

• Initiate and independently conduct at least one research project on issues relevant to medicines quality, incorporating guidance from mentors from UCL and USP
• Develop a comprehensive understanding of the value of quality medical products, its applications to public health, and key evidentiary gaps in the demonstration of that value
• Collaborate with faculty and scientists from UCL and USP on research initiatives
• Attend scientific meetings and summarize the process and outcomes of such meetings
• Present on selected medicine quality topics at meetings or in a written format
• Experience learning opportunities with USP (e.g., direct interactions with staff, giving or attending presentations, attendance at select meetings).

The Fellow will be awarded an initial one year appointment with one year extension upon successful completion of the first year.

Candidates should possess the following qualifications:

• Advanced degree in pharmacy, pharmaceutical science, or a related scientific field (e.g., MD, MPH, MSc, PhD)
• Ability to write and communicate clearly and thoughtfully
• Experience and comfort working in a research setting
• Demonstrated capacity to work independently and collaboratively.

UCL vacancy reference: 1793499       

Applicants should apply online. To access further details about the position and how to apply please click on the ‘Apply’ button above.

If you have any queries regarding the vacancy please contact Dr Gareth Williams, Associate Professor in Pharmaceutics on or +44(0) 207 753 5868. For queries on the application process please contact Angela Preston, .

Latest time for the submission of applications: 23:59.

Interview Date: TBC

UCL Taking Action for Equality

We will consider applications to work on a part-time, flexible and job share basis wherever possible.

Our department holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award, in recognition of our commitment to advancing gender equality.

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