Post-doctoral Research Associate opportunity in Falsified Pharmaceutical Forensics

The University of Edinburgh is offering a Post-doctoral Research Associate opportunity in Falsified Pharmaceutical Forensics (deadline: 20th September 2021, 10:00 AM). This is a dedicated research position funded by a new Wellcome Trust Collaborative Award, which brings together multiple international research groups on a four-year project concerning the forensic epidemiology and impact of substandard and falsified antimicrobials on public health.  

This project will bring together investigation of pharmaceutical, chemical and biological forensics, social network analysis and modelling to understand the trade routes and impact of substandard and falsified (SF) antimicrobials.  The aim is for these analyses to generate a step change in understanding and evidence to inform interventions to improve the quality of the global supply of antimicrobials.

The purpose of the role is primarily to undertake novel research into the identity and origins of SF antimicrobials by combining in-depth metabarcoding of biological taxa present in samples (the ‘pharmabiome’), with chemical analysis of SF antimicrobial products.  Resulting data will be integrated with social network analysis to understand global patterns of illegal trade and its impacts on health and anti-microbial resistance. Research will be based at the Roslin Institute and will benefit from access to world class molecular genetic, bioinformatic and analytical chemistry infrastructure.  

Given the breadth of this role, applicants with diverse scientific experience are encouraged to apply.

Click here for a copy of the full job description.

For further information or to discuss the post informally, please contact Prof. Rob Ogden.