Post-Doctoral Researcher - Formulation development of novel drug eluting coatings for orthopaedic medical devices
Applications are invited for the position of post-doctoral researcher in the School of Pharmacy, University College Cork, Ireland. The project will be supervised by Prof. Caitriona O’ Driscoll and Dr. Katie Ryan, and will involve collaboration with colleagues in the Tyndall National Institute. The post is funded via a Technology Innovation Development Award (TIDA) from Science Foundation Ireland (SFI). The successful candidate will undertake research on the formulation design and development of novel drug-eluting coatings to prevent bacterial infections associated with orthopaedic medical devices. Evidence of research excellence and technical competence is highly desirable. The candidate must have a PhD in Pharmaceutics, biomedical science or a related discipline and will ideally have good experience in drug formulation and delivery, material science and microbiological analysis. Ideally the candidate should have research and analytical experience appropriate to the design and development of drug-eluting, orthopaedic medical devices.
We are seeking an enthusiastic, motivated scientist with an ability to work to a high standard. The candidate must possess excellent communication, planning, organising, team-working, practical, problem-solving, leadership and record-keeping skills. The candidate will preferably have experience of working both independently and in a research team, and have demonstrated a track-record of publishing research papers in peer review journals.
The post is available for 12 months.
Salary: €37,750- €38,860
Key Duties and Responsibilities
This title will apply to newly qualified Post-Doctoral Researchers and will be considered as a period of training as the researcher will have dual goals in terms of the research project and their own career development. The researcher will be mentored by a Principal Investigator (PI). It is expected that a researcher would spend not more than 3 years at the Post Doctoral level, subject to the term of the project and would then be eligible to compete for a Senior Post Doctoral post advertised by the University.
The primary focus of the Postdoctoral Researcher will be research however a particular emphasis during this stage should include;
- To conduct a specified programme of research under the supervision and direction of a Principal Investigator/Project Leader.
- To engage in appropriate training and professional development opportunities as required by the Principal Investigator, School or College in order to develop research skills and competencies.
- To gain experience in grant writing.To engage in the dissemination of the results of the research in which they are engaged, as directed by, with the support of and under the supervision of a Principal Investigator.
- Prepare the results of the research for presentation at conferences and project meetings.To produce monthly technical reports.
- Collate all relevant project information.Monitor timelines for receipt of deliverables and milestones on project.
- To become familiar with the publication process and prepare research papers for publication.Draft scientific reports in conjunction with the principal investigators.
- To acquire generic and transferable skills (including project management, business skills and postgraduate mentoring/supervision).To engage in the wider research and scholarly activities of the research group, School or College.
- To interact closely with postgraduate research students who are studying for a Masters or a PhD and possibly have an agreed role in supporting these students in their day to day research in conjunction with an academic supervisor.
- To carry out administrative work to support the programme of research.
- To carry out additional duties as may reasonably be required within the general scope and level of the post.
- To contribute to costing research grant proposals and assist in the financial management of a research project.
- A PhD qualification in Pharmaceutics or related health discipline.
- Appropriate research experience and proven research skills in formulation design and development, microbiological evaluation and medical device development.
- Appropriate technical competence and accomplishment.
- Demonstrate good technical, analytical and problem-solving skills.
- Demonstrate ability to work independently.
- A capability of working within a project team to achieve results.
- Good communication, organisation and interpersonal skills.
- A commitment to gaining practical experience working on a research project.
- Leadership potential.
- A proven track record in publishing research findings in peer-reviewed journals.
For Informal Enquiries on the post candidates should contact:
Dr. Katie Ryan
Email Address: Katie.email@example.com
Please submit a short cover letter detailing your suitability for and interest in the position, (ii) a full curriculum vitae, including detailed educational achievements and (iii) details of two referees (please do not include references) to Dr. Katie Ryan, Katie.firstname.lastname@example.org, on or before the closing date <May 21st 2013.
Supplementary Information on the Department/Research Centre is available at the following URL: http://www.ucc.ie/en/pharmacy/.