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PhD Scholarship in Biopharmaceutical Drug Delivery at Technical University of Denmark

International students are invited for a PhD scholarship in peptides at Technical University of Denmark. The funds for this position are available for 3 years. The deadline for applying is February 15, 2019.

PhD studentship in biopharmaceutical drug delivery: Developing novel formulations to enhance the intestinal absorption and transport of biopharmaceuticals.

The Novo Nordisk Foundation Centre for Intestinal Absorption and Transport of Biopharmaceuticals in the Department of Health Technology at the Technical University of Denmark invites applications for a fully funded 3-year PhD position in peptide and protein nanocarriers for enhanced biopharmaceutical delivery.

Biopharmaceuticals are critically important therapeutics for many diseases and hold the potential for new innovative treatments for many more diseases and disorders. Unfortunately, many biopharmaceuticals are not absorbed by the intestines and have to be administered by other means (e.g. injection) rather than the oral route. The Centre for Intestinal Absorption and Transport of Biopharmaceuticals is focused on developing new methods to significantly increase the absorption of biopharmaceuticals in the intestine so that these drugs may be administered to people via tablets and capsules. The Centre is a multidisciplinary research environment bridging the interface between the life and physical sciences.

This project aims to develop next-generation peptide and protein nanocarriers for the improved oral delivery of biopharmaceuticals. These peptide and protein nanocarriers will not only deliver biopharmaceuticals to the intestine but also enhance the transport of the drug through the intestinal wall. The project will primarily focus on nanocarrier synthesis and nanocarrier physicochemical characterisation with a secondary focus on nanocarrier-cell interactions. The research facilities at the centre and the Technical University of Denmark are world leading. The centre is a global initiative with satellite teams located at Harvard Medical School, Boston Children's Hospital and Monash University. PhD students will spend a period of time (3-6 months) during the 3 years in one or more of these satellite laboratories.

Responsibilities and tasks

We are looking for a highly motivated individual with excellent problem solving and communication skills. This individual will work as part of a team of scientists and engineers. As such the chosen candidate must have the ability to work both independently and in an interdisciplinary team.

The PhD candidate should be able to start as soon as possible in 2019.

Qualifications

The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

Assessment

The assessment of the applicants will be made by a team with Associate Professor Andrew Urquhart as the team chairman.

We offer

DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and appointment terms

The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.

The student will be based at DTU Health Technology, DTU Lyngby Campus.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

Further information

Further information may be obtained from Associate Professor Andrew Urquhart, email: anur@nanotech.dtu.dk; tel: +45 4525 8169.

Application

Please submit your online application no later than 15 February 2019 (local time). To apply, please open the link “Apply online”, fill out the online application form.

Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master’s degree but cannot begin before having received it.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender,race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU Health Technology (Department of Health Technology) is situated in the northern part of Copenhagen. DTU Health Technology is a new department utilising sciences across the traditional boundaries of technology, thereby enabling innovative solutions for the benefit of society. DTU Health Technology has approx. 300 staff members of which PhD students comprise approx. 130 people. 40% of the department comprises of international employees.

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