Postdoctoral position in synthetic organic chemistry, Pharmaceutical Chemistry Irealand

The advertised post is for a postdoctoral researcher who will be based within the Analytical and Biological Chemistry Research Facility at University College Cork. The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in synthetic organic chemistry and ideally, will have experience in flow chemistry or continuous processing. Evidence of research excellence, such as publications, will also be highly desirable.The postdoctoral researcher will support the PhD students working on the project, in particular on reaction scale-up and development of new continuous processes. The postdoctoral researcher will specifically be responsible for the development of the project as a foundation for application to  processes in the pharmaceutical industry. The postdoctoral researcher will also be responsible for communication and coordiantion withcollaborators and industry partners within the SSPC. The additional experience and professional maturity of the postdoctoral researcher will be essential for this key function.

This is an opportunity to join an exciting collaboration within the Synthesis and Solid State Pharmaceutical Centre (SSPC), a Global Hub of Pharmaceutical Process Innovation and Advanced Manufacturing, and a unique collaboration between Ireland’s researchers, 22 industry partners, and international collaborators. The SSPC research programme leads the way for next generation drug manufacture and spans the entire pharmaceutical production chain from synthesis of the molecule, to the isolation of the material, and the formulation of the medicine. The aim of the SSPC is to deliver industry relevant solutions, which result in job growth and retention within the pharmaceutical industry in Ireland.

Post Duration: 2 years

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 the Principal Investigator/Project Leader.

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.

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 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 carry out administrative work to support the programme of research.

To communicate and coordinate research with academic collaborators and industry partners.

To become familiar with the publication process.

To contribute to costing research grant proposals and assist in the financial management of a research project.

To gain experience in grant writing.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 carry out additional duties as may reasonably be required within the general scope and level of the post.

A PhD qualification.

Appropriate research experience, particularly in synthetic organic chemistry and continuous processing.

Appropriate technical competence and accomplishment.

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.

Ability to work well within a team.

For Informal Enquiries on the post candidates should contact:

Name: Prof Anita Maguire

Title: Director, ABCRF

Email Address:

Telephone: (0)21 4902488

To Apply:

Please submit a short cover letter and C.V. to Debbie Curran, ABCRF, Email Address: ; Tel: 021 4901694, on or before the closing date 4th June 2015

Supplementary Information on the Department/Research Centre and the post is available at the following URL:

Post-Doctoral Researcher

Closing Date for Applications: 04 Jun 2015

Salary: €33,975 – €38,155 p.a. (New Entrants)