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
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. bath.ac.uk/announcements/world-first-on-the-spot-test-for-
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
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
(firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
a family friendly workplace
open to exploring flexible working opportunities which benefit you and the
recognising of the talents of our diverse workforce through an excellent
encouraging of your personal and professional development
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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