PMBRC Vacancy – Contract Research & Analysis Scientist (Ref 026524)

Reference Number – 026524

Job Overview:

The Pharmaceutical and Molecular Biotechnology Research Centre (PMBRC) was established in 2008, consolidating existing research in WIT in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and biomedical sciences into one research centre. The PMBRC is one of 16 centres of excellence funded by the Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateway Programme. The PMBRC has established strong links with companies across Ireland, particularly in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries, and completes over 50 projects with industry partners every year. In addition, the centre is involved in a number of national and international initiatives with academic partners. The PMBRC was named Pharma Research Centre of the Year at the 2020 Pharma Industry Awards, having previously won the Research and Development Achievement awards in 2019 and 2017.

The PMBRC offers a range of contract analytical and contract research services to Irish industry. The volume of work now requires an additional resource to conduct and manage this important aspect of the PMBRC’s function.

Title:                                       Contract Research and Analysis Scientist (Ref 026524)                          

Department:                        Pharmaceutical & Molecular Biotechnology Research Centre (PMBRC)

Employer:                             Waterford Institute of Technology

Reporting to:                       PMBRC Manager                               

Contract Duration:            24 months

Commencement Date:     Immediately

Reporting to the PMBRC Manager, the recruited researcher will be responsible for carrying out contract analysis, contract research and collaborative research projects for industry clients.

Person Specification

                                                       PERSON SPECIFICATION




Academic Qualifications Ph.D. in chemistry, analytical science or a related discipline.


M.Sc. in chemistry, analytical science or a related discipline with 3 years’ relevant laboratory experience.


B.Sc. in chemistry, analytical science or a related discipline with 5 years’ relevant laboratory experience.

Experience 4-5 years’ laboratory experience in the analysis and characterisation of materials, particularly the solid state characterisation of pharmaceutical samples and polymers.



1 year’s experience working in a relevant position in industry.

A good scientific publishing record.

Specific Knowledge and Skills


Hands-on skills in some or all of the following techniques:

X-ray diffraction, solid state NMR, laser diffraction particle size analysis; SEM; BET nitrogen sorption; dynamic vapour sorption; DSC.

Knowledge of drug polymorphism and the characterisation of polymorphs.

Hands-on skills in some or all of the following techniques:

HPLC-MS, GC-MS, solution state NMR, drug product formulation.

I.T. Skills





  • Proficient in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
  • Ability to use or learn to use data analysis and statistical software.
  • Ability to use complex equipment control software.
Specific Personal Qualities




  • Good communication, presentation and report writing skills are essential.
  • The successful candidate will be comfortable working as part of a multidisciplinary research team and be able to work under pressure to meet project deadlines.
  • Ability to work on their own initiative and as part of a wider team.
  • Willingness to learn new skills or techniques outside of their current expertise.
  • Problem solving skills



A panel may be formed from the competition from which future vacancies may be filled.

Salary: The gross salary applicable to this post is currently: €38,631 to €44,657, depending on qualifications and experience and in accordance with the Science Foundation Ireland Salary Scales for Researchers.

Closing Date of Advert: 16:00 on Friday 22nd October 2021


  • To analyse industry samples submitted for contract analysis.
  • To complete or assist in the completion of contract and collaborative research projects.
  • To summarise data in technical reports and presentations.
  • To assist in academic and commercial research projects as required.
  • To assist in the upkeep and maintenance of equipment as required.
  • Such other duties, temporarily or on a continuing basis, as may reasonably be required commensurate with the position

Application Procedure

Application Procedure:

Applicants must submit a CV and Covering Letter via email in PDF Format.  Any documents in excess of this requirement will be deleted. Please mark the application clearly with the appropriate reference number. Please address to Mr. Ian Bright, The Human Resource Office, E-mail: (only). Please note that hard copy will not be accepted.

At a minimum candidates must demonstrate in their application that they possess all of the essential elements applicable in the person specification. The Institute will then decide to interview only those applicants who appear from the information available, to be the most suitable, in terms of experience, qualifications and other requirements of the post. Please note applications will be acknowledged within five working days of the competition closing. Candidates should keep a hard copy of the advert for their file as this will be needed for review should their application progress.

This post is subject to Garda Vetting.

WIT is an equal opportunities employer.