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Research Fellow in Pharmacy

Queen's University Belfast - School of Pharmacy

Location: Belfast - Ireland
Salary: £34,304 to £36,382
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 27th September 2021
Closes: 25th October 2021
Job Ref: 21/ 109214

The School of Pharmacy is currently seeking to appoint an exceptional candidate to the post of Post-doctoral Research Fellow in Pharmacy. The post would suit a highly motivated individual who would like to develop his/her skills in formulating novel lipid-based photothermal nanoparticles for cancer therapy and imaging. The post will focus on liposomal formulation, besides assessing the biological activity of the developed formulations in vitro and their biodistribution in vivo.

The successful candidate will be a member of a large interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary team of scientists of different research backgrounds under the supervision of Dr Wafa Al-Jamal. Applicants should have a relevant PhD, ideally in pharmacy, formulation science, drug delivery, material science or any related field, and fulfil all the essential criteria on the person specification below.

The successful candidate must have:

  • Have or be about to obtain (close to submission) a PhD in pharmacy, formulation science, drug delivery, material science or any related field.
  • At least 3 years recent relevant research experience to include the following:
    • Nanoparticles preparation and characterisation.
    • Handling tissue cultures, and performing cell viability assays.
    • High-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC).
    • Hands-on experience performing and analysing pharmacokinetic studies in rodents.
  • Good track record of primary author scientific publications in high profile journals.
  • Proven ability to write reports and scientific articles based on results obtained.
  • Demonstrable ability to perform high-quality research to publish in international journals.
  • Competence in IT skills and Internet.
  • Excellent report writing and presentation skills.
  • Sufficient breadth and depth of specialist knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes.

Informal enquires may be directed to Dr Sheiliza Carmali -

Closing date: 25 October 2021

Anticipated interview date: 3 November 2021

Please click Apply or visit for further information about the role including the essential and desirable criteria, the School of Pharmacy and our attractive reward package.

Queen’s University Belfast is recognised as one of the most diverse organisations in Northern Ireland. We are committed to equality of opportunity, fair participation and welcomes applications from all. However, our Fair Employment Equality Monitoring data tells us that individuals from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities, people with a disability and those who identify as LGBT+ Members of the Protestant Community are also currently under-represented in this category of work. As such, we particularly welcome applications for this role from individuals who identify with these backgrounds and / or communities.

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