Job Title: Postdoctoral Scientist- Material Characterisation
Pay Rate: PAYE: £18.00 - £22.48 per hour / Umbrella: £20.00 - £25.19 per hour
Contract: 23 months
Location: Sandwich, Kent
Project Title: The Use of Three-Dimensional Chemical Imaging to Enable "Lightspeed" Products to Market
This role seeks a highly motivated Postdoctoral Scientist to join the Material Characterisation Team. The Postdoc will work with mentors and colleagues to develop 3D chemical imaging approaches and modelling methods for the investigation of pharmaceutical products. You will drive the project forward to visualise and quantify the microstructure of tablets. You should be independent and have a keen interest in vibrational spectroscopy techniques (Raman, FTIR, NIR).
As a Postdoctoral Scientist, you will be responsible for conducting innovative research to develop the Raman Chemical Imaging and Infrared Quantum Cascade Laser Imaging capabilities in the team. This hyperspectral imaging data will be analysed using multivariate methods to aid the understanding of materials in the formulations and enable prediction of physical characteristics, such as stability and dissolution. The goal of this research is to facilitate faster manufacturing routes of medicines by revealing important information about the raw materials and their behaviour during the manufacturing process. Success of this research will: enable us to develop new products at "lightspeed"; embed this technology in formulation development; and publish discoveries in high-impact journals.
- Demonstrate strong technical expertise and research experience using vibrational spectroscopic imaging approaches to study pharmaceutical products.
- Independently design experiments to collect 3D hyperspectral imaging data on pharmaceutical tablets and solid dosage forms.
- Conduct multivariate data analysis on the chemical images to contextualise and interpret the results, making decisions to drive the research project forward.
- Communicate results at internal meetings, in peer-reviewed research articles, and at external conferences to demonstrate scientific excellence at Pfizer.
- Ph.D. in pharmaceutical science, chemistry, material science, chemical engineering, or a related field.
- Expertise using vibrational spectroscopy and hyperspectral imaging approaches for troubleshooting and problem-solving applications.
- Experience using multivariate data analysis methods and the ability to interpret the results to direct the research project.
- Experience of studying pharmaceutical products using FTIR, Raman and NIR spectroscopy and imaging approaches.
- Knowledge of pharmaceutical manufacturing, formulation development, and Good Manufacturing Practices.
- Proficient in computational modelling, statistics and coding software (e.g., Matlab, Python, etc.).
If this role is of interest to you, (or you know anyone who might be suitable), please email your CV to Tom O'Neill at firstname.lastname@example.org and a time that is convenient for me to call you.
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