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Research Associate in Advanced Modelling and Simulation of Pharmaceutical Processes and Products

University of Sheffield - Faculty of Engineering - Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Location: Sheffield
Salary: £32,344 to £40,927 per annum, with potential to progress to £44,706 (Grade 7)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 12th October 2021
Closes: 8th November 2021
Job Ref: UOS030413

Are you interested in working for a world top 100 University? We have an exciting opportunity working on several projects with industry and university partners working on Digital Design of Pharmaceutical Processes. The project is developing and implementing mechanistic, hybrid and data driven models for pharmaceutical manufacturing processes and product performance. A workflow for using these models will be developed to accelerate the formulation and process design associated with the development of a new pharmaceutical.

Within these collaborations, The University of Sheffield has particular responsibility to support the choice, development and evaluation of models for drug product manufacturing processes such as blending, compression and granulation. The new research associate will undertake this research, working closely with industry partners as part of wider project team.

The ideal candidate will hold (or be close to completing) a PhD in a Science or Engineering discipline, or have equivalent experience. You will have proficiency in general mechanistic modelling techniques for engineering systems, ideally within a chemical engineering context, experience with constructing, building and validating machine learning models using high-level programming languages such as Python, MATLAB or C++, as well as strong analytical and problem solving abilities. Excellent communication skills and an ability to work collaboratively are also essential working on a project of this nature.

Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) is ranked amongst the top 5 Chemical Engineering Departments in the UK and is a thriving department within the University's Faculty of Engineering. CBE comprises 34 academic staff, 54 research staff and technicians, 16 support staff and a student population of over 650 undergraduates, and 250 postgraduates (taught and research). 

CBE is a major contributor to tackling the key challenges of this century - climate change, energy poverty, affordable medicines, sustainable agriculture and water use, safety and green manufacturing.  It boasts a rich environment for learning which prepares its students to be 21st century scientists and engineers and its disciplines span particle science and technology/nanotechnology, new energy technologies, the environment and applications of post-genomics bioscience for biotechnology and bioprocessing applications.

The Department has a world-class research environment that is ranked number 1 by the Research Excellence Framework 2014. Their internationally renowned research is supported through funding from government and industrial sources in the UK and the rest of the globe.

We’re one of the best not-for-profit organisations to work for in the UK. The University’s Total Reward Package includes a competitive salary, a generous Pension Scheme and annual leave entitlement, as well as access to a range of learning and development courses to support your personal and professional development.

We build teams of people from different heritages and lifestyles from across the world, whose talent and contributions complement each other to greatest effect. We believe diversity in all its forms delivers greater impact through research, teaching and student experience.

To find out what makes the University of Sheffield a remarkable place to work, watch this short film:, and follow @sheffielduni and @ShefUniJobs on Twitter for more information.

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