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Contract Analysis and Research Scientist (Ref. No. 019859)

Waterford Institute of Technology

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  • Updated 17/01/2018
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The recruited researcher will be responsible for carrying out contract analysis and contract research projects for industry clients.


Job Title and Description: Contract Analysis and Research Scientist (Ref. No. 019859)

Reporting to the PMBRC Manager, the recruited researcher will be responsible for carrying out contract analysis and contract research projects for industry clients.

Funded by:

Contract research and analysis income.                            


Depending on qualifications and experience and in accordance with the IUA Salary Guidelines for Researchers.

Commencement Date and Project Duration:

The recruited scientist would be expected to commence as soon as possible, but no later than February 2018. A one year contract will be offered initially with an option to extend subject to the availability of funding.


The Pharmaceutical and Molecular Biotechnology Research Centre (PMBRC) was established in 2008, consolidating existing research in WIT in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and biomedical sciences into one research centre. The PMBRC is one of 15 centres of excellence funded by the Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateway programme. The PMBRC has established strong links with the national pharmaceutical and healthcare sector and has secured funding of over €3m for industrial projects since 2008. In addition the centre is involved in a number of national and international initiatives with academic partners. The PMBRC won the Research and Development Achievement award at the 2017 Pharma Industry Awards. See the PMBRC website at

The PMBRC offers a range of contract analytical and contract research services to Irish industry. The volume of work now requires an additional resource to conduct and manage this important aspect of the PMBRC’s function.

Major Duties:

  • To analyse industry samples submitted for contract analysis.

  • To perform or assist in the completion contract research projects.

  • To summarise data in technical reports and presentations.

  • To assist in academic and commercial research projects as required.

  • To assist in the upkeep and maintenance of equipment as required.

  • Such other duties, temporarily or on a continuing basis, as may reasonably be required commensurate with the position


Academic Qualifications


Ph.D. in chemistry, analytical science or a related discipline.


M.Sc. in chemistry, analytical science or a related discipline with 3 years’ relevant laboratory experience.


B.Sc. in chemistry, analytical science or a related discipline with 5 years’ relevant laboratory experience.



4-5 years’ laboratory experience in the analysis, characterisation and/or formulation of materials.


1 year’s experience working in a relevant position in industry.

Specific knowledge and skills


Hands-on experience in some or all of the following techniques: HPLC, GC, NMR, laser diffraction particle size analysis; SEM; BET nitrogen sorption; dynamic vapour sorption; DSC, TGA, drug product formulation.

I.T. Skills


Proficient in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint.

Ability to use or learn to use data analysis and statistical software.

Ability to use equipment control software.

Specific Personal Qualities


Good communication, presentation and report writing skills are essential. The successful candidate will be comfortable working as part of a multidisciplinary research team and be able to work under pressure to meet project deadlines.

Ability to work on their own initiative and as part of a wider team.

Willingness to learn new skills or techniques outside of their current expertise.

Closing Date of Advert: 16.00 on Wednesday, 17th January 2018

Application Procedure:

Applicants must submit a loose leaf CV and motivational letter via email.  Any documents in excess of this requirement will be deleted. Please mark your application clearly with the appropriate reference number. Please address to Ms. Ruth Hennebry, The Human Resource Office, Waterford Institute of Technology, Cork Road, Waterford. Tel: 051-845519

At a minimum candidates must demonstrate in their application that they possess all of the essential elements applicable in the person specification. The Institute will then decide to interview only those applicants who appear from the information available, to be the most suitable, in terms of experience, qualifications and other requirements of the post. Please note applications will be acknowledged within five working days of the competition closing. Candidates should keep a hard copy of the advert for their file as this will be needed for review should their application progress.

This post is subject to Garda Vetting.

WIT is an equal opportunities employer.

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