Hiring! KTP Associate

Looking for an exciting opportunity that bridges between academic and commercial research, and between Chemistry and Biological disciplines? Well we have an 18 month post that could be perfect.

Reach the full job description on jobs.ac.uk – here

Closing date – 28th October

This job is part of the Knowledge Transfer Partnership scheme supported by Innovate UK. In this case, the appointee (a KTP associate) will become an employee of PZ Cussons, a FTSE250 and LSE-listed company, but will also work alongside myself (Dr Kevin Hamill) and Dr Tom McDonald at the University of Liverpool.

Compared with a standard postdoc job this has a number of additional advantages.

You will embed within both the University and with PZ Coussons structures, and therefore this is a good chance to find out which sector you want to work in and there is a great opportunity to transition into employment in either place upon completion of the partnership,

And there is the project itself. Its very cool with lots of different approaches. We will be analysing the chemical reactions involved in the tanning process (DHA Chemistry), working to understand the biological interactions with human skin, and improve the formulation of self-tan agents. The data obtained are valuable beyond the commercial sector as they will also describe differences in epithelial structure and function, with implications for drug delivery mechanisms.

There is also a dedicated training budget to directly support your development. And then there are the training that is specific to the project itself (lots of cool techniques!)

Who are we looking for?

It is quite a complex post with a few moving parts. Therefore, we would like someone with a PhD with a strong background in Chemistry and assay development. Any cross-discipline work into Biological science areas would help. You’ll need to be outgoing, focused, able to work independently, work to deadlines and have strong project management skills. Also the appointee will need to have good communication skills.

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