Vacancies and Training

This section is intended as a resource for members seeking or promoting employment, training and/or professional development in the field of toxicology.
If you would like to submit a vacancy, or any item that would be of interest to the Group, please e-mail the advertisement or web link to ltg.committee@gmail.com along with a brief summary of the position and candidate specification.
Please consult the advertisements below for appropriate format. All posts are subject to the discretion of the LTG Executive committee.


King's College London

Post-Doctoral Analyst (LC-MS)

  • Location: London
  • Salary: £33,518 to £39,992 Plus £2,923
  • Hours: Full Time
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Closing Date: Monday 11 December 2017
  • Job Ref.: R6/JVA/2588/17-PO
  • Apply here

The salary will be paid at Grade 6, £33,518 to £39,992 per annum, plus £2,923 per annum London Allowance.

The Drug Control Centre (DCC) at King's College London is the only World Anti-Doping Agency accredited laboratory in the UK and played a key role in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and 2015 Rugby World Cup anti-doping screening programmes. The DCC is also accredited by the UK Accreditation Service (UKAS) as a testing laboratory, in accordance with ISO 17025.

The role holder will work on the development and validation of qualitative and quantitative assays based upon LC-MS analysis of a wide range of analytes in body fluids.

Applicants must have a PhD in a relevant subject area, strong communication skills and considerable research and publication experience.

The selection process will include competency based questions, a presentation, an assessment and a panel interview.

Interviews are scheduled to be held the week commencing: anticipated to be Friday 15 December 2017

For an informal discussion to find out more about the role please contact Richard Caldwell richard.caldwell@kcl.ac.uk or on 020 7848 4848.

To apply for this role, please go to the King’s College London HireWire Job Board and register to download and submit the specified application form.

The deadline for applications is midnight on 11 December 2017.


Bournemouth University

MRes Scholarship
On-spot identifications of drugs in mixtures of low dosage forms using surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy

  • Title: Identifications of Drugs in Mixtures of Low Dosage Forms Using Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy
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  • Next start date: April 2018; this part-time MRes is associated with a post at Elodiz
  • Duration: 24 months part time
  • Entry requirements: A first class honours degree or high 2:1 in chemistry/forensic science/pharmacy or equivalent. If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS 6.5 (Academic) or above. For more information check out our full entry requirements.
  • Location: Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus
  • Project full description

In this collaborative project, we will focus on understanding how the Raman signature of drugs under SERS analysis will be affected by the presence of other chemicals. The knowledge on Raman SERS libraries is limited today, but the expansion on new nanoparticles suitable for Raman SERS is increasing dramatically these days.

Project Details

The use of Raman spectroscopy for identification of chemicals needs the development of libraries to correlate (pure chemicals), the drug Raman signature with libraries with that signature. However, there is still limitation with Raman having low sensitivity in detecting signature of chemicals present in low dosage forms in mixtures. Surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) can overcome this limitation. The use of SERS alters the position of Raman peaks in supported drugs, consequently, new libraries under SERS conditions require the development of new and specific Raman-SERS libraries. The signature of a chemical under Raman spectroscopy by SERS could be affected by a large variety of factors such as the type solvent, the nature of the nanoparticles (gold, silver etc.), the form and size of the nanoparticles, the response of tandem substrate-particle, the presence of additionally aggregate agents, etc.

In this collaborative project, we will focus on understanding how the Raman signature of drugs under SERS analysis will be affected by the presence of other chemicals. The knowledge on Raman SERS libraries is limited today, but the expansion on new nanoparticles suitable for Raman SERS is increasing dramatically these days. To have a better understanding on how to use the data obtained under SERS will be extremely beneficial for the correct development of the SERS libraries. This project will further target the effect on the Raman signature of a series of chemicals in a mixture of chemicals and analyse the possible effect on the Raman signature as well as the possible effect on limit of detection. The study will create models to understand the effects on the analysis of mixtures under SERS conditions.

This project will be conducted in collaboration with Dr Enrique Lozano, Elodiz Limited, UK. Due to the nature of the project, the candidate will be expected to work at multiple locations if needed. A driving licence is essential.

If you are interested in the position, view the full project description here.

Closing Date

The closing date for applications is Monday 11 January 2018.