MRes studentship with Fluid Pharma Ltd. and the Department of Clinical, Pharmaceutical and Biological Sciences, University of Hertfordshire


Qualification type: MRes (Master of Research)

Subject area: Pharmaceutics

Location: University of Hertfordshire

Start date: 01 February 2022

Closing application date:  12 December 2021

Duration of studentship:  One year (full-time)

Project outline

This is an exciting opportunity to undertake a one year Master by Research funded by Fluid Pharma Ltd. This one year study aims to develop and validate analytical methodology to support the development of a palatable formulation of a fixed dose combination of artesunate/amodiaquine HCl for the treatment of malaria in children. The suitable candidate will work closely with the formulation development team, with the overall aim of supporting development of the novel formulation by performance of HPLC and other analytical testing.

Key responsibilities and duties

  • to work collaboratively with an external team to support development of novel taste masked formulations of amodiaquine and artesunate
  • to develop and validate appropriate HPLC methodology for analysis of the pharmaceutical formulations of interest
  • analysis of formulation samples as and when required by the external formulation team, encompassing preparation of samples, HPLC instrument operation, data interpretation, and reporting of drug concentration within each sample
  • 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
  • assist in the interpretation of results
  • 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 the planned activity and performing the tasks having considered, and acted to secure, the safety of yourself and others.

Supervisor information

  • Dr Dan Baker and Dr Fang Liu, University of Hertfordshire
  • Industrial supervisor at Fluid Pharma Ltd

Entry requirements


  • a first or second class UK honours degree (or equivalent) in any sciences related discipline including pharmaceutical sciences chemistry, life sciences.
  • experience of working within a scientific laboratory
  • knowledge of practical experience of skills appropriate to working in a pharmaceutical laboratory including weighing, pipetting, filtration, use of volumetric glassware
  • 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 organisation skills
  • excellent oral and written English communication skills, including the ability to communicate with clarify on complex information
  • good IT literacy
  • must be self-motivated and be  interested in applied scientific research.


  • experience in operation of chromatographic instrumentation (HPLC, LC-MS), particularly with application to pharmaceutical testing
  • experience within the pharmaceutical industry, broadly within the areas of pharmaceutical analysis.

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 subject line: Fluid Pharma Masters by Research HKEP Associate application.

The closing date for applications is 12 December 2021.

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

Funding information

The award includes cover for UK home tuition fees and subject to eligibility, a stipend at standard RCUK rates. For 2021-2022 this is set at £15,609.

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.