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Research Associate in Biopharmaceutics (fixed-term post)

Job title Research Associate in Biopharmaceutics (fixed-term post)

Department Life Sciences

Salary Starting from £35,333, rising to £42,155

Grade Grade 7

SOC Code - Visa Requirements 2119

This role is sponsorable

Placed on Tuesday 22 November 2022

Closing date Thursday 15 December 2022

Interview date To be confirmed

Reference CC10068

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Would you like to join a vibrant research lab in the University of Bath?

The Department of Life Sciences are seeking an experienced Research Associate to join our team of scientists and conduct translational research in biopharmaceutics.

You will join a research project sponsored by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to advance state-of-the-art physiologically based biopharmaceutics (PBBM)/pharmacokinetics (PBPK) modeling approaches that can inform regulatory decisions on innovator and generic products for locally-acting drugs in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, as a viable alternative to in vivo studies for the establishment of bioequivalence (BE) for these products. The goal is to generate physiological relevant in vitro data from different systems for selected commercial formulations, characterize their critical quality attributes (CQAs) and to generate and evaluate formulation variants.

The team in Bath (Department of Life Sciences and Department of Chemical Engineering) will work closely with the scientific team at Simulations Plus to determine the impact of changes to CQAs and physiological variables on local and systemic exposure in patient groups.

In this role, a typical day may include:

  • generating in vitro biopharmaceutics data (solubility, dissolution, etc.)
  • formulation characterisation
  • formulation development
  • translation of in vitro results

About you:

You should have a PhD in Basic Science, Pharmacy or other Health Science, Engineering or a related field, and have experience in generating in vitro biopharmaceutics data and HPLC analysis, and in formulation development and characterisation. Experience in PBPK modeling is also preferred.

Further information:

This is a fixed-term role for a period of up to two years, however, year 2 is subject to approval from the funder.

For an informal discussion about the role please contact Dr Nikoletta Fotaki (, however, please submit your application with a CV/resume and a cover letter.

What we can offer you:

We are an equal opportunities employer and have an excellent international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations. We have made a positive commitment towards gender equality and intersectionality receiving a Silver Athena SWAN award

A family-friendly University with an increasingly agile workforce, we are open to flexible working arrangements. We’re also proud to be a disability confident leader and are happy to discuss any reasonable adjustments you may require. 

We offer:

  • a very generous employer contributory pension scheme;
  • generous annual leave allowance with an additional 5 discretionary days so that you can enjoy a positive work life balance;
  • an excellent reward package that recognises the talents of our diverse workforce; 
  • a wide range of personal and professional development opportunities.
  • a number of support options available for new and existing staff to help with the cost of some immigration expenses which you may be eligible for. Please visit the following webpages for more information:

     - Relocation Procedure

     - Visa Reimbursement Scheme

     - Interest-Free Loan Scheme

Our campus is surrounded by beautiful countryside, and the City of Bath with its historic charm and social activity only a short distance away creates an excellent environment in which to work. Find out from our staff what makes the University of Bath a great place to work. Follow us @UniofBath and @UniofBathJobs on Twitter for more information.

We aim to be an inclusive university, where difference is celebrated, respected and encouraged. We truly believe that diversity of experience, perspectives, and backgrounds leads to a better environment for our employees and students, creating a learning environment and organisational culture that enhances health and wellbeing across our community. We are very proud to have recently received Ambassadors for Autism certification and are an accredited Disability Confident Leader; committed to building disability confidence and supporting disabled staff.

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Further details:

If you think you may require a visa to work in the UK you should refer to our guidance on the Skilled Worker Visa before embarking on a job application to ensure that you understand the requirements for sponsorship. You may be eligible to work in the UK via other alternative visa routes such as the Global Talent Visa or by having Settlement / ILR, please refer to our Staff Immigration webpages for further details.

Update to our application process:

We are constantly seeking to reduce the unconscious bias that enters any assessment process, with the goal of creating an inclusive and equal assessment process. To support this the personal details of applicants may be withheld at the initial shortlisting stage.