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      Clinical Research Fellow, University of Liverpool

      Communications Manager, British Pharmacological Society

      Postdoctoral Research Assistant

      MRC Integrative-Toxicology Training Partnership (ITTP): Call for PhD Studentship Applications

      Research Technician, University of Reading, Reading, UK

      In vitro Pharmacologists, Takeda Cambridge Limited, Cambridge, UK


Clinical Research Fellow (Developing Personalised Renal Function Monitoring, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Institute of Translational Medicine, University of Liverpool

Liverpool is a leading UK centre in personalised medicine. You will be expected to register for a PhD and undertake a comprehensive programme of work to develop and pilot personalised renal function guidance for patients with heart failure.

This post is funded through the Delivering Personalised Health and Care theme of the NWC CLAHRC and will involve close working alongside colleagues from Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital. You should have MBBS (or equivalent) and MRCP.

The post will be based at Wolfson Centre for Personalised Medicine and is available until 30 June 2018 The job description and information form are available via the University of Liverpool website

Closing date: Friday 14 August, 1700 BST Enquiries should be directed to Dr Ana Alfirevic.

Communications Manager, British Pharmacological Society

The British Pharmacological Society is seeking a new Communications Manager to join its friendly and collaborative team. Working with the Head of Communications & Membership, you will help shape the direction of PR and promotional activities by contributing insights from your broad range of expertise, including press office, marketing and digital communications. In particular, the Society is keen to raise the profile of pharmacology in the media so this is a great opportunity for a self-motivated candidate with an existing network of media contacts to make a real impact on the organisation and its reputation. With a flexible and organised approach to your work, you will welcome the variety that this role offers and ensure high standards are maintained despite competing deadlines.

The Society is a charity with a mission to promote and advance the whole spectrum of pharmacology. We lead the way in the research and application of pharmacology around the world, with over 3,500 members from over 60 countries.

Working closely with Trustees and committees, the team at the British Pharmacological Society is responsible for the management and implementation of a huge range of activities that benefit members and wider society, and help to ensure that these activities are aligned with our mission.

The Society offers excellent working conditions with a number of benefits including generous paid annual leave, bonus scheme, interest free season ticket loans, flexible working, employee assistance programme and a career averaged pension scheme.

If you are interested in joining the team, please take a look at the job description and contact Nina at Charity People on / 020 7393 7444.

Dates for your diary
Closing date: 31 July 2015
Initial interview: During July depending upon candidate and interviewer availability
Final interview date: 7 August 2015
Start date: 14 September 2015

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

A dedicated and self-motivated scientist is required to work on a project investigating the mechanisms that control arterial tone in the microcirculation and the dysfunction caused during diabetic vascular disease.

The research will use in vitro approaches, including live cell imaging, and training will be provide in all the techniques. Applicants should have a PhD in an area of Biomedical Science and an interest in cardiovascular physiology/pharmacology. S/he should be able to work independently but also as part of a team, and have strong oral and written communication skills, with a publication record appropriate to their career stage.

The project is part of a collaboration between Professors Chris Garland and Kim Dora in Oxford and Professor Chris Triggle and Dr Hong Ding at the Weill-Cornell Medical School in Qatar. The post will be based in the Department of Pharmacology in Oxford and is available immediately for up to twelve months in the first instance. It is funded by the Qatar National Research Fund.

Details of the Oxford group's research and recent publications can be found at:

To discuss this opportunity further please send an email to or

MRC Integrative-Toxicology Training Partnership (ITTP): Call for PhD Studentship Applications

MRC ITTP 4-year studentships are available starting October 2016, funded by the MRC Toxicology Unit, to build expertise in toxicology and related disciplines to ensure the safe development of drugs, chemicals and consumer products, and assessment of risk from environmental exposure.

Applicants are first required to attend an Interactive meeting at the MRC Toxicology Unit, Leicester on the 28 September 2015 to discuss ideas. If unavailable a senior representative can attend. Applications must be submitted from potential academic supervisors with partners in industry, government agencies or other universities.

Projects should achieve cross-fertilisation between toxicology and other disciplines to predict the toxicity of chemicals and drugs as well as to develop an understanding of the chemical, pharmacological and biological processes involved.

The proposed work should be feasible for a PhD student and to successfully submit as a thesis within four years. A key feature is training which brings together established toxicology knowledge with other relevant sciences at an annual residential course.

Assessment criteria
Decisions will be reached on the basis of scientific quality, feasibility and the likelihood of success including;

  • • The novelty of the research proposal in the field of toxicology
  • • The relevance of the proposal in the light of present toxicological concerns for human health
  • • Proposals that span and use a variety of skills in in vivo and in vitro contexts
  • • The likelihood of the applicant providing the appropriate scientific environment and guidance to students

Applications will be ranked by the ITTP Steering Committee

How to apply
Registration for participation in the Interactive meeting, and completed application forms should be sent to Prof Andy Smith.

Application forms can be down loaded from the MRC Toxicology website, under the heading Integrated Toxicology Training Partnership.

Deadline date
Deadline for the receipt of final applications will be 30 November 2015.

Research Technician, University of Reading, Reading, UK

We are seeking a suitably qualified (see person specification) full-time research technician to provide support to research being undertaken as part of a currently funded, commercially sponsored investigation into the potential anticonvulsant effects of phytocannabinoids.

You will have:

• An appropriate life sciences degree (e.g. Biology, Pharmacology, Biomedical Sciences)
• Standard life sciences laboratory skills where experience in the following are desirable: animal welfare & handling, molecular biology, microscopy, histology, mutant mouse models of disease and primary cell culture.
• Competence in common office and laboratory software packages where experience with packages such as MS office and GraphPad Prism are desirable.
• Data management and curation skills.
• A good understanding of laboratory Health and Safety regulations.
• The ability to work to standardised SOPs.
• Ability to work independently and as part of a wider project team (10-15 members).
• Some limited out of hours working will be required on some occasions (e.g. Saturdays/Sundays, public holidays) where legal animal welfare obligations require.

Informal contact details. Contact role: Principal Investigator, Contact name: Prof. Benjamin J. Whalley, Contact phone: +44 (0)118 378 4745, Contact email:

Please apply on their website or contact Human Resources, University of Reading, Whiteknights, PO Box 217, Reading RG6 6AH. Telephone +44(0)118 378 6771 (voicemail)

Please quote the relevant reference number. We value a diverse workforce and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates who do not already have permission to work in the UK should note that this role is not recognised as a graduate level job by the UK Border Agency and the Tier 2 sponsorship route is not available for non-graduate level occupations. There is further information about this on the UK Border Agency Website.

In vitro Pharmacologists, Takeda Cambridge Limited, Cambridge, UK

Located in Cambridge UK, one of the world’s most important pharmaceutical and biotechnology centres, Takeda Cambridge Ltd has established world-class target identification/validation and drug discovery capabilities. Our pipeline of programmes is focused on novel targets to provide new treatments for the most devastating neurodegeneration, psychiatric and cardiovascular/metabolic diseases. Worldwide, Takeda develops, manufactures and markets a broad range of pharmaceutical products and strives towards better health for patients through leading innovation in medicine.

We are currently seeking to recruit two laboratory-based positions to support our in vitro pharmacology group. This group is responsible for developing assays to enable small molecule hit identification for targets emerging from our drug target pipelines. The group also supports lead generation and optimisation projects by providing compound screening and more detailed compound mechanism of action studies.

Research Scientist (Reference IVP/RS_2015)

You will provide assay development resource for new projects and routine screening assays to support medicinal chemistry active projects. Experience with automated liquid handling equipment, plate readers and analysis and entry of compound activity data into databases would be an advantage. Preference will be given to candidates with experience of generating enzyme based assays.

Candidates for this role should possess an undergraduate degree in biochemistry, pharmacology or a similar biological science.

Senior Scientist (Reference IVP/SS_2015)

In addition to assay development experience, candidates for this position should have a PhD or undergraduate degree in biochemistry, pharmacology or a similar biological science and must have experience of generating enzyme based assays with application in a drug discovery environment.

All candidates must be highly motivated, flexible scientists with the ability to multi-task. Good interpersonal skills are also essential as you will be working closely with other members of key drug discovery programmes and with scientists from other disciplines/global research sites in support of our research projects.

The company offers a competitive salary and benefits package.

To apply please email a covering letter, your c.v. and the names of two referees to:

The closing date for applications is 31 August 2015.

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