Postgraduate research opportunities

Enhancing virtual tablet formulation design

This is an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic research team based at the university of Strathclyde and working closely with AstraZeneca and collaborators within the Continuous Manufacturing and Advanced Crystallisation Hub (CMAC), gain experience of a range of techniques as part of your research.

Number of places

1

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Opens

15 April 2021

Deadline

14 May 2021

Eligibility

To apply for this project you should have a background in chemistry, physics, pharmaceutical science, material science, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, or similar. You will need to have a passion for research, multidisciplinary collaboration, and collaboration with industrial stakeholders.

Project Details

About the project

Traditional pharmaceutical formulation design is driven by trial and error experimentation.  With increasing optimisation of clinical development, designing robust formulations and well characterised manufacturing processes can become a rate limiting step to making new medicines routinely available to patients.  This project will develop constitutive property and performance models to predict the contribution of formulation components to bulk strength, tablet porosity, pore size and disintegration performance. The use of materials databases combined with these predictive process and product models will have the potential to dramatically optimise and accelerate the formulation design phase in the development of new medicines.

The PhD Training Opportunity at CMAC

This is an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic research team based at the university of Strathclyde and working closely with AstraZeneca and collaborators within the Continuous Manufacturing and Advanced Crystallisation Hub (CMAC), gain experience of a range of techniques as part of your research.

Researchers working on CMAC projects have a great opportunity to conduct cutting-edge research in world class facilities, explore academic and industrial collaborations, experience working in industry through placements, and receive multidisciplinary training and mentoring that will help them develop into well-rounded professionals. The structure of a PhD project with CMAC includes a period of initial training and familiarisation with the Hub’s activities, participation in summer schools, outreach events, mentoring schemes, and supervision from academic and industrial advisers.

Information on Application Process

To apply for this project you should have a background in chemistry, physics, pharmaceutical science, material science, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, or similar. You will need to have a passion for research, multidisciplinary collaboration, and collaboration with industrial stakeholders.

The offered studentship covers home tuition fees, research/training costs, and provides a stipend for 4 years. Candidates eligible for home fees are UK or Irish nationals, applicants with a settled or pre-settled status in the UK under the EU Settlement Scheme, and applicants with indefinite leave to remain in the UK. We also welcome applications from EU or international candidates who can provide evidence of their ability to fund the fee difference.

Applicants can express their interest for this project or ask any questions by emailing info@cmac.ac.uk and e.routoula@strath.ac.uk and attaching their CV.

Deadline for expression of interest: May 14th   

Funding Details

The offered studentship covers home tuition fees, research/training costs, and provides a stipend for 4 years. Candidates eligible for home fees are UK or Irish nationals, applicants with a settled or pre-settled status in the UK under the EU Settlement Scheme, and applicants with indefinite leave to remain in the UK. We also welcome applications from EU or international candidates who can provide evidence of their ability to fund the fee difference.

Supervisor

 Dr John Robertson - j.robertson@strath.ac.uk 

Co-supervisors: Dr Daniel Markl, Dr Gavin Reynolds (AstraZeneca)