Postdoctoral fellow in drug delivery
Sort on published: 2018-11-21
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Project: Hybrid nanocarrier drug formulations
The Department of Pharmacy offers a stimulating multidisciplinary working environment in research and teaching within the Pharmacy disciplines. The Department centers its research on Drug Delivery, Rational Drug Usage and Pharmaceutical Materials Science. The research is developed by a series of research groups, several of international prominence. The research groups represent a unique cluster of academic competences in Sweden and the Department of Pharmacy has thus a key role in the development of the pharmacy discipline in Sweden. Information about the department and the research groups can be found at www.farmfak.uu.se/farm/.
The Postdoctoral fellow will be linked to the research group Drug Delivery. The group takes a multidisciplinary approach and combines computational chemistry and bioinformatics with cell- and molecular biology, biopharmaceutics, pharmaceutics and physical chemistry to find new ways to predict and define rate-limiting barriers to the absorption and organ distribution of different types of drugs. We anticipate that our research will provide insights into new mechanisms for drug absorption, disposition and delivery, which will support development of new therapeutic strategies for efficient oral drug delivery. The position is placed in the research group of Alexandra Teleki that is associated with the Science for Life Laboratory.
The Postdoctoral fellow will work in the field of pharmaceutical nanotechnology and materials science, within the project Hybrid nanocarrier drug formulations. The overall purpose of the project is to broaden the functionality of lipid based formulations by developing hybrid nanocarrier drug delivery systems. Today, classical poorly-soluble small drug molecules can be delivered in lipid-based formulations (LBFs) and administered orally in capsules, however with limited functionality and control of their fate upon administration. Solid-state LBFs would have the advantage of easier handling during processing, the possibility to design and personalize dosage forms by 3D printing and by adding functionalities for e.g. biosensing, controlled release or bioimaging by incorporated nanoparticles.
The project is highly interdisciplinary acting at the interface of pharmaceutical and material sciences. This project will primarily explore particle stabilized emulsions as oral drug delivery vehicles exhibiting the previously mentioned functionalities. Using experimental methods, the postdoctoral fellow will work on tailoring nanoparticle properties to encapsulate model drugs, identifying key properties that govern functionality of the novel drug delivery system and characterizing their performance upon oral administration in state-of-the-art pharmaceutical in vitro systems such as lipolysis mimicking digestion and drug absorption. The project thus closely links nanoparticle synthesis and drug formulation technologies for the design of multifunctional oral dosage forms.
Duties: 100% post-doctoral research fellow. The post-doctoral fellow will primarily devote his/her time to experimental research work. Within the duties of the position if furthermore the supervision of project students as well as the support of PhD projects.
Requirements: The successful candidate should have a PhD in Pharmaceutics, Chemical Engineering, Material Sciences or other relevant area. To be eligible to apply you must have a PhD completed within three years of the application deadline. If you received your PhD earlier but special circumstances exist you are also eligible to apply. You must be able to work independently and take own initiatives, but also as part of a team and in collaboration with our partners. Emphasis is placed on personal suitability. The applicant must also have good communication skills in English, both written and oral, due to the highly international work environment.
Additional qualifications: Previous experience working with pharmaceutical formulation technologies, solid-state characterization techniques, lipids or cell-based in vitro models is beneficial.
How to apply: The application should contain the following:
- a personal letter in which the applicant describes her- or himself, motivates why she/he has applied for the position, states relevant qualifications and indicates research interests and plans for the future,
- a CV including a list of publications,
- contact details of at least two references,
- authorized copies of relevant certificates, degrees and grades, and
- copies of the three most important publications that the applicant wants to invoke.
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Salary: Individually negotiated salary.
Starting date: 01-02-2019 or as otherwise agreed.
Type of position: Temporary position (100%) for two years.
For further information about the position please Contact
Assistant Professor Alexandra Teleki, email Alexandra.email@example.com.
Please submit your application by 16 december 2018, UFV-PA 2018/4013.
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Placement: Department of Pharmacy
Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months
Pay: Fixed salary
Number of positions: 1
Working hours: 100%
County: Uppsala län
Ellena Papaioannou, Seko
Suzanne Borén Andersson, TCO/ST 018-471 6251
Per Sundman, Saco-rådet 018-471 1485
Number of reference: UFV-PA 2018/4013
Last application date: 2018-12-16