Lead Formulation Scientist Specialising in Nanotechnology, KTP Associate

Liverpool, United Kingdom
£31,000 - £34,000 per annum
07 May 2020
End of advertisement period
03 Jun 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Contract Type: Fixed Term
Hours: Full Time
Job Type: Academic
Salary: £31,000 - £34,000 per annum
Vacancy Type: Academic / Research Vacancies
Closing Date: 03/06/2020
Ref No: 2959
Documents: 2959 JD KTP Quay Pharma...pdf (PDF, 532.32kb)

A Knowledge Transfer Partnership position with the Faculty of Science, Liverpool John Moores University in partnership with Quay Pharmaceuticals Ltd.

Quay Pharmaceuticals Ltd. is a world leading Contract Development and Manufacturing Organisation. Quay is highly experienced in providing a comprehensive outsourcing service for pharmaceutical, biotechnology and live biotherapeutic companies world-wide. Quay specialises in taking new drugs and live bacterial strains from early stage identification through the development process, to first-into-man, clinical trials and onto commercial manufacture.

We are looking to appoint a graduate who is a hand-on scientist with a strong research aptitude to run this project. The aim is to develop novel, industry-relevant methods of manufacturing enabled nanoparticle formulations of poorly soluble drugs to improve and enhance delivery of the drug to the gastro-intestinal tract.

The skills we are looking for include:

  • Good first degree (1st or 2.1) at Bachelors or Masters Level in the fields of pharmaceutical science, chemistry or nanotechnology. Ideally a PhD in pharmaceutical science with a special interest in nanotechnology.
  • Minimum 2 years post graduate experience in a laboratory-based role, developing formulations and stability indicating analytical methods, in vitro dissolution and other relevant characterisation techniques.
  • First-hand experience of planning and executing experiments within a lab setting.
  • An understanding of drug delivery systems and analytical techniques.

 Experience in the following is desired:

  • Oral solid dosage form in vitro method development, including forced degradation, chromatographic separation techniques and validation of methods
  • Dynamic light scattering
  • Experience in a product development role specifically formulating oral solid dosage forms
  • Experience of top and bottom spray granulation, tablet compression and pan coating
  • Appreciation of methods used to prepare nanoparticles and analytical characterisation tools.

Computer literate and familiar with common Microsoft applications.

  • Experience of managing projects and report writing.
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills, be personable, enthusiastic, able to engage others in development work.
  • Excellent initiative, attention to detail, proven problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work flexibly with academic and industrial partners.
  • Keen to learn new skills and knowledge.
  • High degree of personal responsibility and appreciation of business ethics.

 LJMU values diversity and provides a supportive and inclusive environment where everyone can fulfil their potential.

 For more details, the full Job Description and application information can be found at

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) are mutually beneficial, three-way collaborations between a graduate or post graduate (known as an Associate), a business and a university. They are designed to deliver an innovation project and bring about lasting, transformative change. As a KTP Associate, you lead the project with full mentoring support from both the academic team and members of Quay’s Nanotechnology Project Team. You will be based at Quay Pharmaceuticals but will spend time at the university with access to university labs and resources

More information about KTPs can be found here - knowledge-transfer-partnerships

Please note all of our vacancies will be closed to applications at midnight on the advertised closing date, unless otherwise stated.