PhD position at the Department of Pharmacy within the framework of the Swedish Drug Delivery Forum
Sort on published: 2017-11-07
Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our mission is to pursue top-quality research and education and to interact constructively with society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has 40,000 students, 7,000 employees and a turnover of SEK 6.5 billion.
The Department of Pharmacy at Uppsala University is devoted to research and teaching related to the development, manufacturing and use of pharmaceuticals. The Department is internationally recognized for its research on drug delivery and pharmaceutical formulation. The department is located at campus BMC, a multidisciplinary research and teaching center at Uppsala University. The research is developed by five research groups, for an overview of the profiles of the research groups, go to www.farmfak.uu.se/farm/.
The Department of Pharmacy is also the academic hub of a recently established joint academic/industry collaborative initiative, the Swedish Drug Delivery Forum (SDDF), with ten industrial partners and financially supported by Vinnova (Sweden´s Innovation Agency). The aim of the forum is to develop a world leading research milieu within the field of Drug Delivery. Especially within the areas of parenteral, oral and pulmonary drug delivery results to the benefit of the patient in terms of therapeutic effect and safety is to be expected. The forum will also improve the competence supply in drug delivery science to the benefit of the Swedish life science-sector. The science program of the SDDF is now under development and we are eagerly seeking highly talented and motivated coworkers to help us build a flourishing research milieu and a strong research program.
Uppsala University hereby declares one position to pursue PhD studies within the science program of the Swedish Drug Delivery Forum open for applications within the following project:
Physicochemical aspects of subcutaneous administration of drugs: In this project we will investigate how active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) and excipients in subcutaneously administered drug formulations interact with the components in the extracellular matrix in the subcutaneous adipose tissue (hypodermis). The investigations will provide a basis for the development of novel in vitro methods to model the behaviour of pharmaceutical products administered subcutaneously. The aim is to improve the mechanistic understanding to facilitate the innovation and development of formulations with high bioavailability of the APIs and small variability between patients. A special focus will be pharmaceutical products based on biologics. To increase our knowledge about the factors controlling the drug release rate and absorption by blood and lymphatic vessels we will use a combination of advanced analytical techniques to determine how biological and self-associating drugs organize and interact with the biopolymers in the subcutaneous environment.
Qualifications: The successful candidate should have a Master of Science in a relevant area, such as Pharmacy/Pharmaceutics, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry or Physics, and have good communication skills in oral and written English. Information about postgraduate studies, including eligibility requirements and admission rules, can be found at http://www2.medfarm.uu.se/utbildning/forskarniva/. Selection of candidates is made by the supervisors in consultation with the department's group for postgraduate studies. The PhD student will be formally accepted by the Postgraduate programmes committee and salary placement is done according to local guidelines at Uppsala University. The holder of a PhD-student position shall primarily devote her or his time to own research studies. Other departmental work, such as educational or administrative duties, can be part of the position (max 20%).
How to apply: The application should contain a letter in which the applicant describes her- or himself, motivates why she or he has applied for the position, states relevant qualifications and indicates research interests and plans for the future. It must contain a CV including at least two references, authorized copies of relevant certificates, degrees and grades, and copies of your master thesis and other documents, such as publications, that you want to invoke.
Uppsala University strives to be an inclusive workplace that promotes equal opportunities and attracts qualified candidates who can contribute to the University’s excellence and diversity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and from people of all backgrounds.
For further information about the position please contact For general questions about the SDDF: Professor Hans Lennernäs, Hans.Lennernas@farmaci.uu.se
For project specific questions: Professor Per Hansson, Per.Hansson@farmaci.uu.se
Please submit your application by 03 december 2017, UFV-PA 2017/3845.
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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
Per Sundman, Saco-rådet 018-471 1485
Suzanne Borén Andersson, TCO/ST 018-471 6251
Number of reference: UFV-PA 2017/3845
Last application date: 2017-12-03