Director of SSPC, the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Research Centre for Pharmaceuticals

Ref: 5889

University of Limerick

Limerick, Ireland

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Role Managed by:

Alex Hurlow

Research Associate

t: +44 (0)20 7340 6282


Primary Practice Group: Industry Research and Development

Salary & Benefits: Competitive

Closing Date: 22/07/2022

Formal Interview Date: Mid September

SSPC, the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Pharmaceuticals at the University of Limerick

SSPC was established in 2008 as a research cluster (Solid State Pharmaceutical Cluster) to bring together individual projects in the area of pharmaceutical crystallization, particle engineering and formulation. SSPC grew to a fully-fledged research centre in 2013 (Synthesis & Solid State Pharmaceutical Centre), and expanded further in 2019. SSPC is now a hub of internationally leading research that provides a partnership between leading researchers in (bio)pharmaceuticals and industry, developing innovative technologies to address key challenges facing the sector. SSPC further expanded the scope of its research programme from 2019-2025 (€70M) as an SFI Phase 2 Research Centre, SSPC, The Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Pharmaceuticals. SSPC’s advanced research programme extends to 5 themes: Molecules, Materials, Medicines, Manufacturing and Modelling.

SSPC is now looking to appoint a new Director. The successful candidate will provide overall scientific leadership for the Centre. This will include overseeing the overall development and successful delivery of SSPC’s current programme of work. It will also include overseeing the evolution of the Centre and the development of its vision and future research direction.


Salary Scale: €124,683- €157,612 p.a.


The term of this appointment is a five-year term with renewal for a second 5 year term following appropriate internal approval. A permanent appointment to a substantive post in the discipline area will be possible for a suitable applicant.

Application Requirements

Applicants are required to submit a statement of their leadership plans for SSPC, including their approach to oversight of and promoting synergy in the agreed programme of research (up to 4 pages) alongside an up-to-date CV and letter of introduction indicating how you meet the criteria outlined in the job description.

How to Apply

An executive search exercise is being undertaken by Perrett Laver who will support the University of Limerick in identifying a field of qualified candidates and assist in their assessment against the requirements for the role. For informal enquiries about the role please contact Alex Hurlow (

To apply, or to download further information on the required qualifications, skills, and experience for the role, please visit quoting reference 5889.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 12 noon Irish Standard Time on Friday, 22nd July 2022.