Research Fellow, School of Pharmacy

Belfast, Northern Ireland
£36,333 per annum
22 May 2023
End of advertisement period
12 Jun 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term, Permanent
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 Research Fellow.

The postholder will be an active member of the Biofunctional Nanomaterials group, led by Dr Garry Laverty, supporting the development of an enzyme-responsive peptide-mimetic hydrogel for the sustained injectable delivery of antiretroviral drugs.

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

  • Obtained or are about to obtain (evidence of submission or awaiting viva exam) a PhD in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Biochemistry, Pharmacy or closely related area.
  • At least 3 years’ recent relevant practical research experience to include 1 years’ 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 please click the Candidate Information link below.

This post is fixed term for 4 months until 31 January 2024. The successful candidate must be available to start on 1 October 2023. Fixed term contract posts are available for the stated period in the first instance but in particular circumstances may be renewed or made permanent subject to availability of funding.

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 8.4 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 (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and International Staff Network) 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 enquiries may be directed to Ms Tara Brown at t.brown@qub.ac.uk   

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