Applications are invited for a 3 month Temporary Researcher position to study a novel route to micronisation of polymeric materials. Micronisation is a method of size reduction of particulates to give a fine powder. The feedstocks being studied are polymers or polymer blends containing active ingredients which may be pharmaceuticals or nutraceutical compounds. The novel route under investigation is derived from research on paste extrusion in the Paste and Particle Processing Group and polymer processing in the Polymer Processing Group in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology. The aim of this industrially-funded project is to perform initial scoping trials and generate samples for proof-of-principle testing. The work is chiefly experimental and will involve preparation of materials, processing, micronisation and testing.
This position is available immediately and applicants should have a degree in Chemical Engineering and must have extensive experience in experimental work including:
analysis of results;
the extrusion of polymers or dense particulate pastes;
die and extruder design;
rheology and pharmaceutical technology.
Additional experience with pharmaceutical analytical techniques is highly desired. The project will require travel to the industrial sponsor in Switzerland.
To apply for this position, please send the following to Cara Bootman at
Please include the University's reference number (NP16662) in the subject line of your email
A covering letter
A detailed CV including contact details and email addresses of three referees
A completed CHRIS/6 form (Parts 1 and 3 only; please do not complete Part 2), which can be downloaded from
Email is preferred; however, if you are unable to send your application via email, you may send it by post to Cara Bootman, Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, Tennis Court Road, Cambridge CB2 1QT.
Closing date for applications: 17:00 (GMT) on 25th May 2012; late applications will not be considered.
Limit of tenure: 3 Months.
Quote Reference: NP16662,Closing Date: 25 May 2012 University of Cambridge - 12 months ago