PhD scholarship in Microcontainers for Oral Drug Delivery – Imaging and Characterization

DTU Nanotech conducts cross-disciplinary research where micro- and nanotechnology is applied to a wide range of scientific disciplines as well as applications. The Nanoprobes group is a large and highly multi-cultural group, with different research branches focusing on drug delivery, biosensing and environmental monitoring. Come and join our exciting research!

Apply no later than 2 December 2018
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The Nanoprobes group at DTU Nanotech wishes to employ a PhD student for 3 years to work in a highly interdisciplinary center of excellence focusing on investigating micrometer sized polymer containers for oral delivery in the treatment of e.g. diabetes and chronic inflammation diseases.

Responsibilities and tasks
The task of the project is to explore new applications and to study the fundamental behavior of the microcontainers in relevant models. The project includes the following activities;

  • Development of in vivo imaging set-ups in collaboration with external partners.
  • Design of specific drug loading methods.
  • Study of fundamental drug delivery performance depending on microcontainer geometry, size and surface texture.
  • In vitro / in vivo testing

The work will be carried out in close collaboration with different national and international research groups, and within the framework of the Center of Excellence – IDUN (, which is run in collaboration between DTU and University of Copenhagen. In IDUN, our motto is ‘bringing science to life’ and we believe in openness, inclusiveness, having ambitions, making a difference and collaboration.

You will play a role in the drug delivery section of the Nanoprobes group, interacting with several members working in different disciplines, such as biology, microfabrication, pharmaceutical sciences and polymer science. Initially, you will closely follow one of our experienced PhD students to get a quick start and to secure knowledge. The project is highly interdisciplinary and we expect that you enjoy teamwork and are good at coordinating you work with your colleagues.

Candidates should have a two-year master’s degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master’s degree. A master’s project or previous work experience regarding oral drug delivery and/or in vitro / in vivo testing would be beneficial.

Approval and Enrolment
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.

The assessment of the applicants will be made by Anja Boisen, Kinga Zor and Line Hagner Nielsen.

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.

Main workplace will be DTU Lyngby Campus, but the candidate will also be expected to carry out some work at Department of Pharmacy, University of Copenhagen.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Professor Anja Boisen, +45 4525 5727, Senior Scientist Kinga Zor, +45 4525 6843 and Assistant Professor Line Hagner Nielsen, +45 4525 6843.

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Please submit your online application no later than 2 December 2018 (local time). Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link “Apply online”, fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here)

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

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

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

DTU Nanotech – the Department of Micro- and Nanotechnology – is situated in the northern part of Copenhagen. DTU Nanotech is a centre of excellence in micro- and nanotechnology utilising sciences across the traditional boundaries of technology, thereby enabling innovative solutions for the benefit of society. DTU Nanotech has approx. 270 staff members. With 40 % international employees, the department constitutes an international environment.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 5,800 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 11,000 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.

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