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Disordered multicomponent systems to improve the properties of poorly soluble drugs (Solid state pharmaceuticals)

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, December 06, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

The project:
From a pharmaceutical perspective, solubility is one of the most critical factors to be considered in formulation design and poorly water soluble drugs pose a challenge to pharmaceutical industries today. Disordered forms of such drugs, ideally suitably stabilised by pharmaceutical excipient(s), are one of the approaches that could be implemented to improve the poor biopharmaceutical properties of active pharmaceutical ingredients. The aim of this project is to manufacture a number of disordered multicomponent systems (DMSs) with optimum biopharmaceutical properties. This project will use a range of processes to generate DMSs and an extensive panel of solid state and biopharmaceutical tools will be used to characterise the relevant properties of the DMSs.

Standard duties and responsibilities:
The PhD student will carry out high quality research as part of the requirements for a PhD at Trinity College Dublin. S(he) will also engage in the structured component of the degree, as required by the university. The student will be involved in training, education and public engagement and any other activities of the Synthesis and Solid State Pharmaceutical Centre (SSPC) as well as is expected to complete an industry/academic placement. In addition, the student will be required to attend regular meetings with the supervisor and the group, attend SSPC meetings, write reports, communicate and disseminate information/research findings at conferences and publish research findings.

Person specifications:

• At least a 2.1 honors degree in pharmacy, chemistry, pharmaceutical/material sciences, chemical engineering, physics or a related discipline.
• Proficiency in the English language
• An aptitude/strong interest in pharmaceutics research
• Excellent written and communication skills
• Highly motivated
• Ability to work independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team
• Flexibility with regard to the research environment

• Previous research experience is desirable.

The successful candidate will be registered for a PhD degree in the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Trinity College Dublin. The successful PhD candidate will commence March 2020.

Funding Notes

This PhD studentship is available as part of the Synthesis and Solid State Pharmaceutical Centre (SSPC) and funded by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI). The studentship will cover a stipend (€18,500 per annum) as well as academic fees (€5,500 per annum) for up to 4 years.


Applications by email are welcome. Please send your full curriculum vitae including information on your previous research experience (if any), a cover letter and details of two suitable academic referees (names and e-mail addresses) to:
Associate Professor Lidia Tajber, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2, Ireland, email: [email protected]

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