X-ray PDF Applications Scientist - KTP Associate

University of Strathclyde / AstraZeneca
Location: Macclesfield, Cheshire
Salary: £33-£34k. plus £4k training and development budget
Closing Date: 31st January 2022

The Continuous Manufacturing and Advanced Crystallisation (CMAC, www.cmac.ac.uk) hub at the University of Strathclyde in partnership with AstraZeneca is seeking to appoint a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Associate in the area of X-ray Pair Distribution Function (PDF) analysis. In particular, the role is focussed on the application of PDF to AstraZeneca materials and the focus of the role is on developing approaches for routine sample preparation, laboratory and synchrotron data collection, PDF analysis, reporting and development of training material to enable and support users to implement successfully this powerful analytical method.

AstraZeneca is a leading global biopharmaceutical company with a passion for science (https://www.astrazeneca.com). This includes the application of leading edge analytical methods within development projects to characterise materials This position will be based in AstraZeneca’s Pharmaceutical Research & Development function in Macclesfield.

The post is on a fixed term basis for a period of 24 months with a proposed start date of February 2022. The project is part of the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) programme that aims to help businesses to improve their competitiveness and productivity through the better use of knowledge, technology and skills that reside within the UK knowledge base. Successful Knowledge Transfer Partnership projects are funded by UK Research and Innovation through Innovate UK and are part of the government’s Industrial Strategy. To find out how KTP works and the vital role you will play if you successfully secure a KTP Associate position please visit: www.ktpws.org.uk.

You will have a PhD in a chemistry, materials science, physics, pharmaceutical science or a related discipline with appropriate experience in a collaborative research environment with knowledge in the area of pharmaceutical materials, X-ray scattering, data analysis and solid form characterisation. Practical experience of working with amorphous materials and in the use of laboratory X-ray and/or synchrotron sources and in the analysis and interpretation of data will be advantageous.

You must have excellent verbal and written communications skills with the ability to write clearly and succinctly. You must also be able to work as a member of a team, as well as demonstrate successful track record of research achievement. You should be able to independently develop new concepts in your research, have excellent organisational skills, initiative, and the ability to pay close attention to details. In addition to the KTP core development training, you will have a dedicated training budget of £4,000 to further support your career development. Location of this role, the Associate will be expected to work mostly at AstraZeneca’s Research & Development Campus in Macclesfield, however will be required to work at the University of Strathclyde for a period of time.

Informal enquiries about the post can be directed to Prof Alastair Florence, (alastair.florence@strath.ac.uk).  

Formal interviews for this post will be held virtually on 13/01/2022.

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