The Novo Nordisk Foundation Centre for Intestinal Absorption and Transport of Biopharmaceuticals in Denmark invites applications for the PhD Scholarship in Biophysical Nanomedicine for the 2019/2020 academic year.
A PhD studentship is available in biophysical nanomedicine at The Novo Nordisk Foundation Centre for Intestinal Absorption and Transport of Biopharmaceuticals.
The Novo Nordisk Foundation Centre for Intestinal Absorption and Transport of Biopharmaceuticals invites applications for a fully funded 3-year PhD position in biophysical nanomedicine.
Worth of Award
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.
- Candidates should have a master’s degree in engineering or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the master’s degree in engineering.
- Biopharmaceuticals are critically important for current healthcare and hold the potential for new innovative treatments for many 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 by tablets or capsules.
- The Centre for Intestinal Absorption and Transport of Biopharmaceuticals, located at the Technical University of Denmark in the Department of Micro- and Nanotechnology, 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 as easy to swallow tablets and capsules. The Centre is a multidisciplinary research environment covering the interface between the life and physical sciences with particular emphasis on nanomedicines and the biointerface.
- The Center has a strong focus on elucidating the biological mechanisms regulating intestinal transport through the application of multiple fluorescence imaging modalities. To this end The Center is in the process of setting up a new imaging facility with newly acquired state-of-the-art commercial and home build microscopes.
Responsibilities and tasks
- The candidates will work as part of a team of scientists and engineers within the Centre and external collaborators. Willingness to work in an international environment is essential. The successful applicants must demonstrate the following:
- A strong background in the physical sciences, preferably with a Master degree in physics/biophysics, analytical chemistry or related topics (e.g. pharmacy, chemical engineering, material science, bionanotechnology etc.). Experience of relevant life sciences (e.g. cell biology, physiology etc.) is a bonus, but not essential.
- Experience with fluorescence microscopy will be highly desirable and knowledge on quantitative image analysis a strong advantage.
- An Interest in elucidating fundamental biological mechanisms and how this new knowledge can be related to producing new solutions within The Center
- The ability to work both independently and in a team within interdisciplinary fields.
- A high degree of personal motivation.
- Creative and critical thinking skills.
- Excellent communication skills in English (oral and written).
The candidate will have the following responsibilities/tasks:
- Learn to and conduct research at a high international level independently and within a team.
- Conduct themselves in a professional manner.
- Follow research plans to achieve major and minor goals linked to the Centre’s aims.
- Disseminate their research and help support teaching activities associated with the Centre.
- The PhD candidate should be able to start at the latest by 1 April 2019.
How to Apply
- Please submit your online application no later than21 December 2018 (local time). To apply, please open the link “Apply online”, fill out the online application form. The following must be attached in English:
- A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system
- 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.
Deadline: applications close December 21, 2018.