MRes studentship: Investigation of microsampling technologies for implementation into bioanalytical workflows


Qualification type: MRes (Master of Research)

Subject area: Bioanalytics

Location: Hatfield

Start date: 01 February 2022

Closing application date:  10 January 2022

Duration of studentship:  One year (full-time)

Project outline

This is an exciting opportunity to undertake a fully funded 1 year Master by Research project that is a collaboration between the University of Hertfordshire, Alderley Analytical and Capitainer AB. The collaboration is part funded by the Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

This 1-year study aims to investigate the application of microsampling technologies to industrial bioanalytical workflows.

Key responsibilities and duties

  • undertake research within the scope of the project, establishing a programme of research activity investigating the application of microsampling devices to bioanalytical testing
  • perform bioanalytical testing of drug molecules within biological samples by use of LC-MS instrumentation. This encompasses sample preparation, instrumental analysis, data analysis and reporting
  • dissemination of results of sample analysis via written reports, oral presentation, encompassing conference presentations and publication of journal articles
  • plan and oversee the day-to-day technical running of the research work
  • communicate information effectively, as required, and ensure the accurate completion of documentation, records and reports in order to comply with research quality standards
  • monitor Health and Safety in the performance of all duties by assessing the risks of planned activity and performing the tasks having considered, and acted to secure, the safety of yourself and others.

Supervisor information

  • Dr Daniel Baker and Prof. Darragh Murnane, University of Hertfordshire
  • Sally Hannam, Alderley Analytical
  • Neil Spooner, Spooner Bioanalytical.

Entry requirements


  • a first- or second-class UK honours degree or equivalent in any sciences related discipline (pharmaceutical sciences/chemistry/life sciences)
  • experience of working within a scientific laboratory
  • knowledge and practical experience of skills appropriate to working in a pharmaceutical laboratory (weighing, pipetting, filtration, preparation of solutions)
  • ability to work collaboratively and manage time independently to meet deadlines
  • analytical ability to interpret testing requirements
  • problem solving skills and attention to detail
  • good time management and organisational skills
  • excellent oral and written English communication skills, ability to communicate with clarity on complex information
  • self-motivated and interested in applied scientific research.


  • experience in operation of chromatographic instrumentation (HPLC, LC-MS), particularly with application to bioanalysis
  • experience with microsampling devices (DBS/VAMS)
  • experience working with an analytical testing laboratory, encompassing pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical applications.

How to apply

Applicants must provide the following:

  • a completed application form (PDF - 0.25 Mb)
  • two academic references to be provided by referee directly to the Doctoral College
  • copies of qualification certificates and transcripts
  • a copy of your passport photo page
  • certification of English language competence (minimum IELTS 6.5 or equivalent) for candidates for whom English is not their first language.

Please email completed applications to the Doctoral College, using the following subject line: Alderley Analytical Masters by Research HKEP Associate application.

The closing date for applications is 10 January 2022.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an online interview.

If you have a project related enquiry, please email Dr Dan Baker.

Funding information

The award includes cover for UK home tuition fees (subject to eligibility), stipend at standard RCUK rates £15,609 (2020-2021).

Applicants must be UK nationals or have permanent UK residence status. Overseas candidates may be considered, however must cover the difference between domestic and international tuition fees and obtain a student visa.