Biopharmaceutical Scientist – KTP Associate in The Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology at the University of Bath, UK


This is an exciting opportunity to join the R & D team at Qualasept Ltd, ranked Britain’s fastest growing Pharma company for the past two years (The Pharma Fast 50) and the market leader in the supply of aseptically prepared products in the UK hospital sector including the NHS. This important and challenging Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) is between Qualasept Ltd and the Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology at the University of Bath.

Does the challenge of transferring techniques from a research-based environment to an industrial one in order to find real industrial solutions motivate you?  If so, you will be able to design assays that will ultimately lead to extended shelf lives for new drug products. The knowledge embedded will subsequently be applied to other drugs within this class leading to multiple drug products with improved shelf lives, for many years to come.

Throughout the project, you will play a key role in managing and implementing strategic development in the business and transferring knowledge between the University and the company.

Qualasept Ltd (trading as Bath ASU) which has its roots in the Aseptic Specials Unit at the University of Bath, became a commercial operation in 2006. It prepares specialist medicines individually tailored to patients’ needs, including intravenous chemotherapy doses and patient-controlled pain relief. This is the second KTP project between the University of Bath and Qualasept so the partnership continues to be very strong.

In the last six months the company has supplied circa 275 hospitals across the UK and Ireland. From their purpose-built manufacturing facility, featuring the UK’s biggest aseptic clean room, they have supplied over 3,000 individually prepared doses every day to those hospitals.

The role is full-time, based at Qualasept Ltd premises in Corsham.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • A PhD (or equivalent) in a relevant scientific background such as Pharmacology or Cell Biology (Where the degree has not yet been awarded, a Thesis must be at least submitted).
  • Significant practical laboratory experience in an industrial setting, preferably in the pharmaceutical sector.
  • Practical experience in cell culture techniques and cell-based functional assays.

In addition:

  • Ideally have some experience with techniques such as HPLC (method development), mass spectrometry, and the analysis of biological therapeutics.
  • The Associate is expected to play a major role in coordinating the stakeholders in this project, so must have good communication and organisation skills.

KTP Associate – The benefits 

  • Gain valuable experience and highly transferable skills
  • Take responsibility for a high profile project
  • Mentoring from the company and academic team
  • Opportunity to gain a professional qualification
  • Practical and formal management training and development
  • Excellent chance of a permanent post with the company

It is essential that you understand how KTP works with business and the University, visit:

Closing date: 21st December 2018

Interviews will be held at the Company premises in Corsham, in mid-January 2019.

Any questions about this role email: in the first instance.

Further details:
The University of Bath is an equal opportunities employer and has an excellent international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations. To achieve our global aspirations, we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

Closing date Friday 21 December 2018

Reference JM6309


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