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Research Fellows - Drug Delivery/Pharmaceutics

Queen's University Belfast
Belfast (City/Town)
£33,797 - £40,322 per annum
Closing date
31 May 2021

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Fixed-term contract
Pharmacy sector
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Drug development
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Queen’s University Belfast

Research Fellows - Drug Delivery/Pharmaceutics

School of Pharmacy

Ref: 21/108795

We are recruiting for Research Fellows to join the Research Group led by Prof Ryan Donnelly in the School of Pharmacy. The Research Fellows will join an EPSRC-funded research team assisting in the development and pre-clinical and industrial translation of novel microarray patch delivery systems.

The main duties of the post will include:

  • Design, develop, prepare and fully evaluate hydrogel-forming and dissolving microneedles
  • Design, develop and refine experimental apparatus and analytical methods in order to obtain reliable data.
  • Carry out in vivo animal experiments, analyses, critical evaluations, and interpretations using appropriate methodologies and techniques. Such techniques will include high performance liquid chromatography, mass spectrometry, ultraviolet and fluorescence spectroscopy.

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

The successful candidates must have:

  • Degree in Pharmacy (Minimum standard 2.1)
  • Ability to register immediately with the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland or the General Pharmaceutical Council
  • Have, or about to obtain, a PhD in drug delivery/pharmaceutics
  • At least 3 years’ recent relevant research experience to include, recent, relevant, experience in pharmaceutical analysis, including HPLC
  • Experience of design and manufacture of hydrogel-forming and dissolving microneedles
  • Experience of conducting in vivo animal experiments to evaluate dosage forms

Salary: £33,797 - £40,322 per annum

This post is available for 36 months or until 30 September 2024 (whichever is sooner). Successful candidates must be available to start by 1st October 2021.

Closing date: Monday 31 May 2021

Anticipated interview date: Monday 14 June 2021

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 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).

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 most affordable cities in the UK. There is an excellent range of local Schools from pre-nursery upwards 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 via email on

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 welcomes applications from all.

However, our employment monitoring data tells us that individuals from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities, people with a disability and those who identify as LGBT+ are currently under-represented at the University. Also Protestants are currently under-represented in this category of work. As such, we particularly welcome applications from these individuals.

As you may be aware, Queen’s is recognised as one of the most diverse organisations in Northern Ireland. We are committed to ensuring our workplace is a safe, welcoming and inclusive place to work, which is why we subscribe to Equality Charter Marks such as Stonewall Workplace Equality Index, Diversity Charter Mark NI and Athena SWAN.

It is also why we have established award winning Staff Networks such as PRISM and iRise. These networks provide an opportunity for staff to meet in a friendly, informal way to support each other. More details on all our networks can be found at

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