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Research Fellow - Biofunctional Nanomaterials
Queen’s University Belfast

Date Posted Jun. 1, 2020
Title Research Fellow - Biofunctional Nanomaterials
University Queen’s University Belfast
BELFAST, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Department School of Pharmacy
Application Deadline Jun. 15, 2020
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Post-Doc
    Research Scientist/Associate
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences
    Pharmaceutical Chemistry
    Biopharmaceutical Sciences

We are recruiting for a Research Fellow who will join the Biofunctional Nanomaterials research group led by Dr Garry Laverty. The successful Research Fellow will support the development of an enzyme-responsive peptide-mimetic hydrogel for the sustained parenteral delivery of antiretroviral drugs for HIV/AIDs. This is an MRC funded project.

The successful candidate will design, synthesise and characterise peptide-mimetic hydrogelator platforms suitable for the sustained parenteral delivery of antiretroviral drugs. Such techniques will include solid/liquid phase peptoid synthesis and purification, formulation, microscopy (TEM, SEM), spectroscopy (FTIR, CD, UV/Vis, NMR, Mass spectroscopy), oscillatory rheology, cell culture and drug release (HPLC).

The successful Research Fellow must have: – Or be about to obtain a PhD in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences or closely related area. – At least 3 years recent relevant practical research experience of peptoid and peptide-mimetic synthesis, advanced methods of drug conjugation, purification and identification. – Experience in formulating peptide-mimetic hydrogel systems. – Experience in drug purification, release experiments and quantification by HPLC.

Salary: £33,797 – £36,914 per annum
This post is available until 30 June 2021
Closing date: Monday 15 June 2020
Anticipated interview date: Monday 29 June 2020
Informal enquiries may be directed to Tara Brown via email to

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 Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 the School has been ranked 1st in Pharmacy and Pharmacology Research and 2nd for Pharmacology and Pharmacy.

Further information about the School and Group Leader can be found at:…

Queen’s University Belfast is a driver of innovation and talent based on excellence. Throughout the University, our academics collaborate across disciplines and with outside agencies and institutions on projects of world significance. We are connected and networked with strategic partnerships across the world, helping us to expand our impact on wider society locally, nationally and globally. The University is committed to attracting, retaining and developing the best global talent within an environment that enables them to realise their full potential.
We are a leader in gender equality and diversity, and are one of the UK’s most successful universities in the Athena SWAN initiative which promotes gender equality and career progression.

The University and the School of Pharmacy holds an Athena SWAN Silver award in recognition of our commitment and success in addressing gender equality, representation, progression and success for all our staff.

We are ranked 1st in the UK for Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, (Innovate UK) 9th in the UK for University facilities (Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2018) and 14th in the UK for research quality (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019).

Based in Belfast, a modern capital city, our beautiful campus is surrounded by abundant acres of parkland and is renowned as one of the safest and affordable cities in the UK. The choice of local Schools from pre-nursery upwards are some of the best available and we are immensely proud of what our city and our University will offer you.

For full job details and essential/desirable criteria please refer to the candidate information link on our website by clicking apply. You must clearly demonstrate how you meet the criteria when you submit your application. For further information or assistance contact Resourcing Team, Queen’s University Belfast, BT7 1NN. Telephone (028) 9097 3044 or email on

The University is committed to equality of opportunity and to selection on merit. We welcome applications from all sections of society and particularly from people with a disability.

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.

  • The University is committed to equality of opportunity and to selection on merit. We welcome applications from all sections of society and particularly from people with a disability.

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Contact Information

  • Resourcing
    School of Pharmacy
    Queen’s University Belfast
    Belfast, Northern Ireland BT71NN
    United Kingdom
  • (028) 9097 3044


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