Research Associate in Pharmacy
University of Nottingham
United Kingdom


Location:  University Park
Salary:  £30,487 to £38,205 per annum (pro rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience (minimum £33966 with relevant PhD).
Closing Date:  Wednesday 13 September 2023
Reference:  SCI377223

We are seeking a Research Associate/Fellow to support surface chemical analysis research within the School of Pharmacy as well as from other departments at the University of Nottingham. The role will form part of the Nottingham SIMS Facility team and will primarily involve the operation of a time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometer (ToF-SIMS).  Working closely with Dr. David Scurr and Prof. Morgan Alexander, the role is an opportunity to undertake research employing state-of-the-art secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) instrumentation and data analytics and will also include an opportunity to work with the 3D OrbiSIMS instrument. 

The aim of the post is to facilitate SIMS instrument access, operations and training for users (typically PhD students and post-doctoral researchers), consulting on aspects covering experimental design, data acquisition / analysis and reporting. These interactions generate multidisciplinary collaborative high impact research opportunities within the School of Pharmacy as well as within other schools including Physics, Life Sciences, Medicine and Chemistry. As well as supporting research at The University of Nottingham, the role holder will have the opportunity to develop their own areas of independent research and build national and international collaborative research projects and networks.  

Candidates should have, or be close to completion of a PhD in a discipline relevant to mass spectrometry. Experience of mass spectrometry and associated data analysis is essential. Experience of ToF-SIMS, 3D OrbiSIMS, or Orbital trapping mass spectrometry would be beneficial. The candidate will be required to support research activities at The University of Nottingham through the day-to-day management of the Nottingham SIMS Facility. Candidates must have excellent communication skills and an aptitude for critical thinking and a flexible approach to collaborative research.

This full-time post (36.25 hours per week) will be offered on a fixed-term contract for 12 months. Job share arrangements may be considered.

We pride ourselves on the collegial and supportive culture created by our staff. We are dedicated to creating an environment which enables both our staff to thrive and achieve their potential. Our commitment to Equality and Diversity has been recognised in the awarding of an Athena SWAN Silver Award.

Informal enquiries can be addressed to Dr David Scurr ( and / or Prof. Morgan Alexander ( Please note that applications sent directly to these email addresses will not be accepted.



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