PhD fellowship Traceable pharmaceuticals

Updated: about 1 month ago
Deadline: 08 Mar 2021

Department of Pharmacy

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences (SUND)

University of Copenhagen

We are offering a three-year PhD fellowship in the field of pharmaceutical sciences. The PhD fellowship is financed by the University of Copenhagen (strategy 2023 funds) and the Department of Pharmacy. The fellowship is available from 1 May 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Project description

In the current pharmaceutical product portfolios there are three major challenges: (1) The absence of patient-tailored doses (2) lack of traceability at a single dosage unit and finally (3) the emergence of counterfeit medicines (10% of the global medicines market). This project will focus on innovative manufacturing of pharmaceuticals with printing technologies and the specific focus of this project is to find out innovative ways to solve these challenges by designing personalized medicine, where each dosage unit can be ‘track-and-trace’ed throughout the supply chain and the authenticity of these dosage units can be checked by digital and physical means.

Principal supervisor
Associate Professor Natalja Genina, Department of Pharmacy,
E-mail: , direct phone: +45 35337923.

Our group and research

This PhD project will be performed in the Manufacturing & Materials Research group (group leader Professor Jukka Rantanen). The purpose of our research is to generate new knowledge enabling the safe and efficient manufacturing of innovative medicinal products. This PhD fellowship will be part of co-operation project “TRACK & TRACE – Traceable Pharmaceutical Products” with Department of Computer Science (University of Copenhagen).

Our department

The mission of Department of Pharmacy is to advance the pharmaceutical sciences by performing drug-related research and research-based teaching in topics including pharmaceutical technology and formulation, drug delivery, advanced drug analysis, and clinical and social pharmacy.

Information about the Department can be found at

Job description
Your key tasks as a PhD fellow at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences are to:

  • Carry through an independent research project under supervision
  • Complete PhD courses or other equivalent education corresponding to approx. 30 ECTS points
  • Participate in active research environments including a stay at another research institution, preferably abroad
  • Obtain experience with teaching or other types of dissemination related to your PhD project
  • Participate in the undergraduate teaching of students in pharmaceutical sciences
  • Participate in national and international conferences and scientific meetings
  • Write a PhD thesis on the grounds of your research project

Required qualifications
As an applicant you must have:

  • qualifications corresponding to a master’s degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chemistry, Chemical engineering, Computer Sciences or related areas prior to the starting date
  • Fluency in English and excellent communication skills

Preferred qualifications

  • Work experience in the pharmaceutical industry
  • Work experience with spectroscopic methods such as Raman, NIR or FTIR, as well as with analytical tools such as HPLC
  • An interest in the digital health

Key criteria for the assessment of applicants

  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD project
  • Relevant work experience
  • Publications
  • The grade point average achieved
  • Other professional activities
  • Language skills
  • The successful applicant is also required to be enterprising and to possess good interpersonal skills

Terms of employment

The employment as PhD fellow is full time and for 3 years.

It is conditioned upon the applicant’s successful enrolment as a PhD student at the Graduate School at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. This requires submission and acceptance of an application for the specific project to the Graduate School of Health and Medical Sciences.

The PhD study must be completed in accordance with The Ministerial Order on the PhD programme (2013) and the Faculty’s rules on achieving the degree.

The PhD student is expected to be affiliated to the graduate programme in pharmaceutical sciences, Drug Research Academy .

Salary, pension and terms of employment are in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State. Depending on seniority, the monthly salary begins around DKK 27,594 (approx. 3,679 EUR) (taxable) plus pension (April 2020 level).

Application procedure

Your application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking “Apply now” below and must include the following documents in PDF format:

  • Motivated letter of application (max. one page)
  • CV incl. education, experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position
  • Diploma and transcripts of records: Master´s degree diploma (including grade transcripts for bachelor´s and master´s degrees). If not completed, a certified/signed copy of a recent transcript of records or a written statement from the institution or supervisor will do. Applicants with a Master´s degree from abroad should also enclose a short description of the grading scale used
  • Publication list (if possible)
  • Other information to consider: References and recommendations (if possible)

The deadline for applications is 8 March 2021, 23.59pm CET

We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and not to consider applications that do not live up to the abovementioned requirements.

The further process

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorised recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the hiring committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an unbiased assessor.

The assessor makes a non-prioritized assessment of the academic qualifications and experience with respect to the above-mentioned area of research, techniques, skills and other requirements listed in the advertisement.

Once the assessment work has been completed each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself.

The applicant will be assessed according to the Ministerial Order no. 242 of 13 March 2012 on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.

Interviews are expected to be held during weeks 12-14.

You can read about the recruitment process at


For further information, applicants may contact the principal supervisor Natalja Genina, email: , direct phone: +45 3533 6585 or PhD coordinator Marianne W. Jørgensen, e-mail: , direct phone: +45 3533 6449.

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