Research Assistant (Drug Delivery Systems)

Queen's University Belfast
Belfast (City/Town)
£28,331 to £32,817 per annum
16 Sep 2019
23 Sep 2019
Job Type

Queen’s University Belfast

Research Assistant (Drug Delivery Systems)

School of Pharmacy                                                             

Ref: 19/107831

Queen’s University Belfast is one of the prestigious Russell Group of UK research-intensive universities in the UK and Ireland, combining excellence in research and education with a student centred ethos, for our 24,000 students and 4,200 staff, funded through an annual turnover of some £300m. As a driver of innovation and talent, based on excellence and global strategic partnerships, we offer generous employment terms and underpinned by excellent lifestyle benefits including opportunities for family friendly working and support for wellbeing.

Our five core values - Integrity, Connected, Ambition, Respect, Excellence - are shared by our staff and students, representing the expectations we have for ourselves and each other, guiding our day-to-day decisions and the way we behave as individuals in an international organisation.

The School of Pharmacy at Queen’s has been ranked 4th in the UK for Pharmacy and Pharmacology according to the Guardian University Guide 2019. 

We are recruiting for a Research Assistant who will join a research group led by Prof Ryan Donnelly who are developing and characterising new types of implantable devices for prolonged drug delivery. The Research Assistant will manufacture long-acting drug delivery systems, including nanosuspensions/nanocrystal formulations and solid implantable devices and carry out critical evaluations, analyses and interpretations using methodologies and other techniques appropriate to area of research, including: FTIR, DSC, TGA, SEM and HPLC.

The successful Research Assistant must have:

•  Degree in Pharmacy or equivalent qualification

•  At least 1 year’s recent, relevant research experience developing long-acting drug delivery systems, including implantable devices or nanoparticle formulations.

•  Experience developing new formulation methods for pharmaceutical products.

•  Experience in the preparation and characterisation of solid drug delivery systems.

•  Experience working with bead milling, spray-drying and high pressure homogenisation for formulation development.

This post is available until 31 May 2020.

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

Informal enquiries may be directed to Dr Juan Dominguez-Robles via email to

Salary scale:   £28,331 to £32,817 per annum

Closing date:   Monday 23 September 2019

Anticipated interview date: Monday 30 September 2019

For full job details and criteria please see 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 please contact Resourcing Team, Queen’s University Belfast, BT7 1NN. Telephone (028) 9097 3044 or email

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.