Available Research Fellow Position
Research Fellow positions
We are looking for a Research Fellow to 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 with support available for a one year post (until 30 June 2021).
Deadline: Monday 15th June 2020
Salary: £33,797 – £36,914 per annum
We cannot accept applications directly via email, they must go through the University’s HR system. Please apply using link below.
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.
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