Research Fellow in Biofunctional Nanomaterials
Application closing date 07/02/2022
Salary £34,304 per annum
Job category/type Research
The School of Pharmacy at Queen’s University Belfast, is currently seeking to appoint an exceptional candidate to the post of Research Fellow in Biofunctional Nanomaterials. This group is led by Dr Garry Laverty, supporting the development of an enzyme-responsive peptide-mimetic hydrogel for the sustained injectable delivery of antiretroviral drugs.
This post is funded by Invest NI and is available for one year up to 1 May 2023. The successful candidate must be available to start by 30th April 2022.
The successful candidate must have and your CV/Cover letter (or application form) should clearly demonstrate you have:
- Have or be about to obtain (evidence of submission or awaiting viva exam) a PhD in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Biochemistry, or closely related area.
- At least 3 years recent relevant practical research experience of peptide-mimetic synthesis (liquid and solid-phase synthesis of peptides, peptoids, beta-peptides), advanced methods of drug conjugation, purification and identification.
- Experience in optimising the chemical synthesis of peptide-mimetics to provide at least gram-scale yield to high (>95%) purity.
- Experience in efficiently converting peptide/peptide-mimetic trifluoroacetate salts to acetate and/or hydrochloride salts.
- Experience of spectroscopic (NMR, mass spectroscopy) methods relevant to peptide material characterisation.
- Experience in drug purification and quantification by HPLC.
*Please note the above are not an exhaustive list.* For further information about the role including the essential and desirable criteria click on the 'Candidate Information' link below.
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