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Drug Delivery Pharmaceutical PhD Position @ UCH Denmark

Drug Delivery Pharmaceutical PhD Position @ UCH Denmark

Drug Delivery Pharmaceutical PhD Position @ UCH Denmark: With over 40,000 students and more than 9,000 employees, the University of Copenhagen is one of the largest institutions of research and education in the Nordic countries. PhD fellowship in drug delivery Drug Delivery Pharmaceutical PhD Position @ UCH Denmark

Drug Delivery Pharmaceutical PhD Position @ UCH Denmark

The Department of Pharmacy is offering a three-year PhD fellowship within the field of pharmaceutical formulation and drug delivery. The PhD project will be carried out within the newly established LEO Foundation Center for Cutaneous Drug Delivery (LFCCDD), which is funded over a 10-year period by the LEO Foundation and the University of Copenhagen. The center aims to be recognized as an international excellence center, performing state-of-the-art research and creating innovative solutions within cutaneous drug delivery of both small and large molecules. The scientific platform is built on integrative physico-chemical approaches, including pharmaceutics as well as novel opportunities in nanotechnology, advanced analytical methodologies and biological models. The fellowship is available from 1 January 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Drug Delivery Pharmaceutical PhD Position @ UCH Denmark

Project description
Wound healing is a complex biological process, which occurs in different phases including inflammation, epithelization, formation of granulation tissue, neovascularization, wound contraction and reorganization of the extracellular matrix (ECM). It involves the interaction of different types of cells, mediators and components of the ECM. In particular, re-epithelialization, i.e. the closure of the wound by the epithelial cells, is a crucial step as it re-establishes skin continuity. However, it may be impaired in pathological conditions such as diabetes leading to the development of acute or chronic non-healing wounds. Thus, there is a great interest in the development of wound dressings that actively promote wound healing, for instance through the delivery of bioactive molecules. Such materials should further provide a moist environment, allow vapor permeation and protect the wound against dirt and bacteria.
The project aims to develop novel polymer- and protein-based biomaterials for the use as wound dressings. Preparation techniques include electrospinning and cross-linking of polymers and proteins by different cross-linking agents resulting in the formation of hydrogels. Preparation procedures will be optimized to obtain a biomaterial of desired mechanical properties, which will then be characterized physicochemically using a range of analytical techniques and methods. The addition of bioactive molecules will allow for a stimulation of the wound healing. Biocompatibility testing of the developed systems will be carried out using human fibroblasts in in vitro cell culture.


Required qualifications
As an applicant you must have:

  • Obtained a relevant Master´s degree prior to the starting date
  • Fluency in English and excellent communication skills
  • The ability to work in an interdisciplinary environment

Preferred qualifications

We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with a strong background in pharmaceutics, chemical engineering, biochemistry or chemistry. Experience with proteins, polymers, drug delivery, cell culture models and relevant in vivo assessment is an advantage.

Job description

  • Your key tasks as a PhD fellow at the Faculty are to:
  • Carry out an independent research project under supervision
  • Write scientific articles and the PhD thesis on the grounds of your research project
  • Complete PhD courses or other equivalent education corresponding to approx. 30 ECTS points
  • Obtain experience with teaching or other types of dissemination related to your PhD project
  • Participate in the undergraduate teaching of students in pharmaceutical sciences
  • Participate in national and international congresses and scientific meetings
  • Stay at an external research institution, preferably abroad
  • Key criteria for the assessment of applicants
  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD programme
  • Relevant work experience
  • Previous publications
  • The grade point average achieved

Other professional activities
Language skills

The successful applicant is also required to be enterprising and to possess good interpersonal skills

Formal requirements
The successful applicant will be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences according to the rules stipulated in the Ministerial order on the PhD programme at the universities (PhD order) from the Ministry of Science, Innovation, and Higher Education and the guidelines for the PhD programme at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences.

The PhD student is expected to be affiliated to the graduate programme in pharmaceutical sciences, Drug Research Academy.

Terms of employment
The position as a PhD fellow is available for a 3-year period.

Salary and other terms and conditions of appointment are set in accordance with the Agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations) or other relevant professional organizations. The position is covered by the Protocol on Job Structure.
Minimum monthly salary is DKK 26,073 (taxable) + pension contribution.

Application procedure

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.
Your application must include:
Cover letter: Letter stating the interest in and qualifications for the project (max. one page)
Full CV
Diploma and transcripts of records: Master´s degree diploma (including grade transcripts for bachelor´s and master´s degrees). Applicants with a Master´s degree from abroad should also enclose a short description of the grading scale used
Possible publication list
Other information to consider: Possible references and recommendations

The University of Copenhagen wishes to encourage everyone interested in this post to apply, regardless of personal background.

Deadline for applications
12 November 2017. Please note that only online applications will be accepted.
Applications received later than this date will not be considered.

Post application procedure
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointments Committee.
All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an expert assessment committee.
Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee and each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself. You can read about the recruitment process at http://employment.ku.dk

The Appointments Committee consists of the supervision group and the Head of Department who is the authorized recruitment manager. The Expert Assessment Committee consists of the principal supervisor.

An answer as to the granting of the fellowship can be expected approx. 4 weeks after application deadline.

For further information, applicants may contact the supervisor or Administrator Marianne W. Jørgensen, e-mail: marianne.joergensen@sund.ku.dk, direct phone: +45 3533 6449Ring op: +45 3533 6449.

For more information on working and living in Denmark visit http://ism.ku.dk (International staff mobility) and https://www.workindenmark.dk

Drug Delivery Pharmaceutical PhD Position @ UCH Denmark

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