Research Associate in Synthetic Drug Analysis (fixed-term post) (CC8367)

University of Bath

United Kingdom

July 8, 2021


Job title Research Associate in Synthetic Drug Analysis (fixed-term post)

Department Biology & Biochemistry

Salary Starting from £33,797, rising to £40,322

Grade Grade 7

SOC Code - Visa Requirements 2119

Placed on Thursday 10 June 2021

Closing date Thursday 08 July 2021

Interview date Monday 26 July 2021

Reference CC8367


Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position in the Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology and Biology and Biochemistry at the University of Bath, one of the UK's leading universities.

As a part of a large interdisciplinary team you will develop a novel point-of- care detection technology for the Class B drugs, synthetic cannabinoid receptor agonists (SCRAs; more commonly Spice). These drugs are endemic in the homeless community and the prison system. The detection technology will decrease the flow of drugs and support vulnerable users as part of a harm reduction strategy. The technology is built on a fluorescence spectral fingerprinting approach developed in our labs, DOI: 10.1039/c9ay00722a (https: // www. synthetic-drug-spice-developed-at-university-of-bath/).

The project is a true collaborative effort as part of a large (£1.3m) EPSRC grant, involving an interdisciplinary team of researchers from biochemistry, pharmacology, community pharmacy, physics, analytical chemistry, psychology and computer science. Your role will be to build a library of SCRA spectral fingerprints, combined with orthogonal analytical techniques and to interface with other researchers in the team to deliver the point-of-care technology. You will collaborate with police forces, charities, and drug testing facilities.

The successful applicant will have a PhD in an analytical science (chemistry, biochemistry or similar) and be able to interact effectively with scientists from other disciplines as well as external stakeholders. Full training will be provided in all techniques used.

Applicants may direct queries to either Professor Steven Husbands ( or Dr Christopher Pudney (

The Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology is an internationally renowned Department with over 90% of our research rated as world leading or internationally excellent in the recent REF exercise. Overall, we ranked in the top 3 of universities with a School of Pharmacy. The Department is committed to supporting excellence in research and teaching and offers both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Pharmacy and Pharmacology .

What we can offer you:

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.

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  • recognising of the talents of our diverse workforce through an excellent reward package
  • encouraging of your personal and professional development
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