Research Fellow- Ocular Drug Delivery

Queen's University Belfast
Belfast (City/Town)
£33,797 per annum
02 Nov 2020
30 Nov 2020
Job Type

Research Fellow- Ocular Drug Delivery  

Ref: 20/108409

School of Pharmacy 

We are recruiting for a Research Fellow who will be a member of Dr Raj Thakur’s Ocular Drug Delivery research group at the School of Pharmacy, Queen’s University Belfast.  The Research Fellow will be active member of the industry funded translational research project within the area of novel long-acting ocular therapeutics. The successful candidate will assist in the design, development and evaluation of long-acting drug delivery systems for small molecules and biologics so that the overall research objectives of the project are met.

The Faculty Postdoctoral Development Centre will support the successful candidate as part of a wider Queen’s offering which provides outstanding support to researchers. 

The successful candidate must have:

• 2:1 Honors Degree or equivalent in pharmacy, polymer science, or pharmaceutical chemistry

• Have or about to obtain a PhD in pharmacy, drug delivery, pharmaceutics or chemical engineering

• At least 3 years recent and relevant research experience in drug delivery to include experience in the area of Ocular drug delivery

• Experience in laboratory-based research in fabrication and characterization of long-acting drug delivery systems

• Experience in biocompatibility and sterilisation studies of ocular implants

Salary: £33,797 per annum

This post is available until 30 November 2021. 

Closing date: Monday 30 November 2020

Anticipated interview date: Tuesday 10 December 2020

Informal enquiries may be directed to Dr Shirish Yakkundi 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. 

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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 hold 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).

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