Lecturer in Protein Therapeutics

Belfast, Northern Ireland
£38,592 - £53,353 per annum
04 Oct 2022
End of advertisement period
07 Nov 2022
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Description

The School of Pharmacy at Queen’s University Belfast, is currently seeking to appoint an exceptional candidate to the post of Lecturer in Protein Therapeutics.

Research activity within the School of Pharmacy is organised into five key themes, reflecting our research strengths: 

  • Nanomedicine and Biotherapeutics
  • Pharmaceutical Materials Science and Formulation
  • Drug Delivery and Biomaterials
  • Infection and Antimicrobial Resistance
  • Healthcare Delivery and Medicines Optimisation.

These themes allow us to lead on addressing societal challenges; be responsive to the UN Sustainable Development Goals; map to the on-going priorities of major funders and ensure a strong contribution to both AMIC and iREACH as part of the Belfast Region City Deal.

Over the course of the next 3 years, the strategic ambitions of the School of Pharmacy will ensure we continue to achieve excellence in research. These include the establishment of the Centre for Advanced Technologies in Healthcare (CATcH).

As we advance these ambitions, we now see the need to recruit an academic staff member with expertise in Protein Therapeutics. This area continues to grow in importance in the healthcare sector, where high specificity, low immunogenicity, and use across a wide variety of diseases (e.g., cancer, diabetes, and multiple sclerosis) provide significant potential. Moreover, the substantial market for therapeutic proteins is anticipated to more than double this decade.

The School of Pharmacy has existing expertise in large molecule (biologics) research, however there is a distinct need to complement expertise in this exciting new area to ensure that we are aligned to ongoing broader trends in the pharmaceutical industry, the increasing importance of biological therapeutics and progress of translational research into drug products.

The School welcomes applicants from diverse academic backgrounds and encourages new thematic areas of collaboration and funding which build upon existing areas of strength.

In line with our strategy, we are seeking to recruit a member of staff to make a significant contribution to the development of research in protein therapeutics.

The successful candidate must have, and your application should clearly demonstrate you have: 

  • Honours degree or equivalent in biological or pharmaceutical sciences, pharmacy or a closely related discipline.
  • PhD or equivalent in an area relevant to the job purpose.
  • High academic standing with a reputation in research in a relevant field since obtaining PhD.
  • Recent, relevant publications in peer reviewed/refereed journals that are recognised internationally as being high quality, commensurate with experience.
  • Distinctive research profile in protein therapeutics. Experience of relevant techniques in the field such as pegylation, bioconjugation, stimuli-response polymers for protein-polymer therapeutics, and up-to-date on emerging trends.
  • Experience of developing research methodologies, models, approaches and techniques.
  • Experience of presentations at national and international meetings and conferences.
  • Must be prepared to assist with delivery at QUB external campuses from time to time, for example, in China Queen’s College.

Please note the above are not an exhaustive list.  For further information about the role including the essential and desirable criteria, please click on the Candidate Information link below.

The School of Pharmacy is part of the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences at Queen’s. The School is acknowledged as a leading centre for Pharmacy teaching and research in the UK. The School provides students with as authentic a learning experience and environment as possible. We have world leading research laboratories with the best technology in the industry. In the latest rankings in the Guardian University Guide 2021 the School has been ranked 1st in Pharmacy and Pharmacology.

At Queen’s our people are at the heart of everything we do. As a staff member you will become part of a vibrant organisational culture, which will provide you with the opportunity to achieve your full potential and enhance your career through a continuous focus on learning and development.

We offer an excellent employment package that includes:

  • Great terms & conditions
  • Pension schemes
  • Flexible working by enabling you to design your working week in collaboration with your manager through a blend of remote and office working
  • Family-friendly initiatives
  • Career development opportunities
  • Support for health & mental wellbeing
  • Generous holiday entitlement of 8 weeks a year (made up of 23 days annual leave, 10 closure days and 9 bank holidays)

Queen’s University is committed to promoting equality of opportunity to all. We have created an inclusive culture by establishing staff networks such as iRise (Race) and PRISM (LGBTQ+) which help us progress equality.

We also subscribe to Equality Charter Marks such as the Diversity Charter Mark NI in addition to Athena Swan. For further information on our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, please visit:  www.qub.ac.uk/diversitywww.qub.ac.uk/qgi and www.qub.ac.uk/sites/StaffGateway/StaffNetworks/

Informal enquires may be directed to Ms Tara Brown, School Manager at  t.brown@qub.ac.uk

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