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Research Fellow (KTP Associate) Formulation and process development scientist

Aston Pharmacy School

Location:  Catalent Pharma Solutions, Frankland Road, Blagrove, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN5 8RU
Salary:  £32,000 per annum
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (30 months)
Basis:  Full Time
Closing Date:  23.59 hours GMT on Sunday 19 February 2023
Interview Date:  To be confirmed
Reference:  R230013
Release Date:  Monday 23 January 2023

This role is an exciting opportunity for candidates holding a PhD in Pharmaceutics or a related discipline. The candidate should have a strong understanding of pharmaceutical formulations and process development. Experience in characterisation of excipients, formulation of particulate systems, analytical method development, in-vitro cell line permeability assessment, manufacturing processes such as mixing and freeze drying, process design and optimisation would be an advantage.

The objective of this KTP project is to develop a formulation roadmap and integrated manufacturing process for the Zydis technology platform and to define how processing parameters influence the formulation of different drugs with poor bioavailability characteristics.

Candidate Profile: PhD in Pharmaceutics or a related discipline.

Key skills/ experience required include:

  • Strong understanding of pharmaceutical formulations and process development.
  • Experience in characterisation of excipients, formulation of particulate systems, analytical method development, in-vitro cell line permeability assessment (desirable), manufacturing processes such as mixing and freeze drying, process design and optimisation would be an advantage.
  • Good experimental skills to contribute to the planning of research projects and aptitude to learn new techniques.
  • Prior experience of working within the pharmaceutical industry or in research to demonstrate an understanding of the challenges and benefits of collaborative projects.
  • IT skills including use of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel to produce reports, presentations and manage data.
  • Demonstratable project management skills to manage their time, workload, budget and deadlines and have a proactive approach to ensure success of the project. Or willingness to learn PM practices. 

Personal attributes:

  • Good verbal and written communication skills with the ability to liaise with all stakeholders, including potential customers and the steering group.
  • Be able to communicate effectively to work in a scientific and commercial environment with staff at all levels.
  • Ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary collaborative team with the capacity to take the lead role in order to deliver research objectives and milestones on time.
  • Proactive attitude to cope with the typical day-to-day challenges.
  • Work independently on own initiative as and when required.
  • Self-motivated and confident with good persuasion and negotiation skills.  
  • Fit in with the organisational culture and present a positive image of the company to clients.

Additional Benefits:

  • Up to £5000 for personal and professional development for the duration of the project

This is a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) funded by Catalent Pharma Solutions and Innovate UK. It is essential you understand how KTP works and the vital role you will play if you secure this position. To learn more please visit www.aston.ac.uk/ktp

The Company: Catalent UK (CUK) is a subsidiary of Catalent, Inc, a publicly traded US company. It is part of the Oral & Specialty Delivery (OSD) business unit, focusing on integrated development and analytical services, offering oral drug delivery technologies for the development and commercial manufacture and supply of solid oral dosage forms.

More about the company: https://www.catalent.com/our-locations/europe/swindon-uk/ 

Aston University: You will work in a project team with Prof. Afzal Mohammed, Chair in Pharmaceutics at the College of Health and Life Sciences, Dr Dan Kirby, Pharmacy Lecturer, and the Senior Management Team at Catalent UK, with the support of the IUK’s Knowledge Transfer Adviser.  

Location: You will be based predominantly at Catalent Pharma Solutions in Swindon but will undertake laboratory work at Aston University in central Birmingham. Some travel to key clients may also be required. 

For informal enquiries about this role please contact: Prof Afzal Mohammed, a.u.r.mohammed@aston.ac.uk 

Further details:    Job Details     University Information    
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Aston University is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.  It promotes equality and diversity in all aspects of its work. We strive to have robust inclusivity strategies in place, including race and sexual orientation, to encourage colleagues to have the confidence and freedom to be themselves in the workplace. For more information, visit: https://www2.aston.ac.uk/about/inclusive-aston

If you require the job details document or an application form in an alternative format please contact the recruitment team at recruitment@aston.ac.uk.

Aston University is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.  It promotes equality and diversity in all aspects of its work. We strive to have robust inclusivity strategies in place, including race and sexual orientation, to encourage colleagues to have the confidence and freedom to be themselves in the workplace. For more information, visit: https://www2.aston.ac.uk/about/inclusive-aston” 


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