PhD Fellowship in Chemical Biology

Updated: 3 months ago
Deadline: 30 Jun 2022

A three-year PhD fellowship within the field of chemical biology is available at the Department of Physics, Chemistry and Pharmacy, University of Southern Denmark (SDU). The PhD fellowship is available from 1 August 2022 or shortly thereafter. Application deadline: 30 June 2022.

The Department of Physics, Chemistry and Pharmacy is one of four departments at the Faculty of Science, SDU and is located in Odense. The Department of Physics, Chemistry and Pharmacy is a department focused on basic research. We are happy to move beyond traditional disciplines and work to develop new technologies and sciences across physics, chemistry, pharmacy, mathematics, computer science and biology. The department’s research thus contributes to new knowledge and solutions with applications in the areas of climate, environment, energy and health.

The department has a strong chemistry programme with leading international researchers within Nucleic Acid Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, Biological Chemistry, Materials Chemistry, Nanotechnology, Green Chemistry and Computational Chemistry. In addition to the chemical research programme the department has a strong research profile within Pharmaceutical Technology.

The PhD fellowship is funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation and the PhD project will be performed in the group of Associate Professor Stefan Vogel. The research will be focused on the preparation and use of synthetic EVs (extracellular vesicles) in the context of drug delivery and cancer diagnostics. The project is highly multidisciplinary, involving aspects of chemical biology, biophysics, medicinal chemistry, and pharmacy.

We seek a highly motivated and skilled person to work on this project. The position is available to candidates with a master’s degree in chemistry, pharmacy, or a related discipline.

The ideal candidate has the following competences and skills:

  • A master’s degree in medicinal chemistry, pharmacy, or related disciplines
  • Documented experience with oligonucleotides
  • Documented research expertise for work with lipid nanoparticles
  • Hands-on experience with HPLC/UHPLC/LC-MS
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills (English) for effective teamwork across disciplines.

For further information please contact:
Associate Professor Stefan Vogel, Nucleic Acid Center, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Pharmacy, University of Southern Denmark, e-mail: .

Application, salary etc.
Appointment as a PhD Research Fellow is for three years. Employment stops automatically at the end of the period. The holder of the scholarship is not allowed to have other paid employment during the three-year period.

The successful applicant will be employed in accordance with the agreement on salaried PhD scholars between the Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). Please check links for more information on salary  and taxation .

The successful candidate will be enrolled at this university in accordance with faculty regulations and the Danish Ministerial Order on the PhD Programme at the Universities (PhD order).

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Application must be made in the form of a Declaration of Interest including the following:
• A research proposal/description of your approach to the above project (max one page excluding references)
• A letter stating your specific interest, motivation and qualifications for the project in question (max. two pages) (please attach this under box "Application form")
• Detailed CV, including personal contact information
• Copies of diplomas, Bachelor as well as Master’s degree, including transcript of notes/grades
• At least two signed reference letters. Should your referees wish to send their letters directly to us, please have them use e-mail: mentioning your name and the title of the position in the subject line. And please note that these also need to reach us before deadline.

Shortlisting may be used in the assessment process.

Further information about the PhD-study can be found at the homepage of the University .

Applications must be submitted electronically using the link "Apply online". Attached files must be in Adobe PDF or Word format. Each box can only contain a single file of max. 10 Mb. We strongly recommend that you read How to apply before you apply.

Incomplete applications and applications received after the deadline will neither be considered nor evaluated. This also applies to reference letters.

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