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Chair/Reader in Pharmacy
Queen’s University Belfast

Date Posted Jan. 2, 2019
Title Chair/Reader in Pharmacy
University Queen’s University Belfast
Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Department School of Pharmacy
Application Deadline Feb. 6, 2019
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Department Head/Head/Chair
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences
    Pharmaceutical Chemistry
    Pharmacy - General

Queen’s University Belfast
Chair/Reader in Pharmacy
Ref: 18/107078
School of Pharmacy

Queen’s University Belfast is one of the leading universities in the UK and Ireland, with a distinguished heritage and history. With over 24,000 students, 3,700 staff and an annual turnover of some £300m, Queen’s University Belfast plays a unique leadership role in Northern Ireland. As a member of the Russell Group of UK research-intensive universities, Queen’s University Belfast combines excellence in research and education with a student centred ethos.

Our five core values (Integrity, Connected, Ambition, Respect, Excellence) have been developed by staff and students. They express our shared understanding of what we believe, how we aim to behave and what we aspire to be as an international organisation.
The School of Pharmacy at Queen’s is rated first amongst UK pharmacy schools by the recent ‘London Times’ Good University Guide and similarly rated first on the research intensity measure in the recent UK assessment of university research quality (REF 2014).
As part of an ambitious expansion programme, applications are now invited from outstanding individuals for a senior position (Chair) in the broad field of chemistry as related to Pharmacy (e.g. pharmaceutical chemistry, medicinal chemistry, chemical biology, pharmaceutical analysis, chemical biosensor development, drug discovery etc).

The successful applicant will lead a competitive and world-leading research programme that will complement the ongoing research in the School and across the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences.

He/she will also contribute to cutting-edge educational programmes within the School and provide leadership in innovation in teaching and assessment.

It is intended to appoint at Chair level, however in the event this is not possible, consideration will be given to appointing at Reader level

The successful Chair will have:

  • Honours degree in Pharmacy, Chemistry, Pharmaceutical science or closely-related discipline
  • PhD or equivalent in a relevant discipline in pharmacy, chemistry, pharmaceutical science or closely-related discipline
  • Relevant and substantial research experience in chemistry as related to pharmacy which complements that which is ongoing in the School and the Faculty (e.g. pharmaceutical chemistry, medicinal chemistry, chemical biology, pharmaceutical analysis, chemical biosensor development, drug discovery etc.)
  • A sustained and substantial record of publications in high-quality, peer-reviewed journals, including publications eligible for submission to the UK Research Excellence Framework at the highest international quality level. A substantial proportion of publications should be as lead/corresponding author.
  • Sustained record of playing a leading role in successful bids for competitive, peer-reviewed national or international grants or other awards with significant external peer reviewed research funding as a Principal Investigator over a sustained period, in line with the Academic Standards of the School.
  • Successful postgraduate student supervision as primary supervisor at PhD level.
  • Strong research collaborations outside current institution and experience in leading or making significant contribution to interdisciplinary teams.
  • Recognised international expert in subject field as evidence by for example a sustained record of invited talks at international conferences/ events and UK and/ or international Higher Education Institutions or a track record of invited keynote or plenary lectures at conferences of national and international significance
  • Relevant experience of teaching students and in the supervision of students at undergraduate and/or postgraduate level.

Further information on the school can be found at

Informal enquiries may be directed to Lynne Spence, email:

Anticipated interviews: February 2019

Salary scale: Reader: £51,630 – £59,828 per annum (potential to progress to £65,361 per annum through sustained exceptional contribution)
Chair: Professor salary will be determined in accordance with the Professorial ranges as applied within the University.

Closing date: Wednesday 6 February 2019

For full criteria and to apply online, visit You must clearly demonstrate how you are meeting the criteria on 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. It therefore welcomes applications from all sections of society and particularly welcomes applications from people with a disability.

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