PhD scholarship in Biotherapeutic Engineering and Nanomedicine

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If you are interested in advancing a career at the interface of chemistry, cancer immunotherapy, and soft nanomaterials, this could be the opportunity you are looking for. The newly established Nanosmithery at DTU Health Technology invites applications for a PhD fellowship. The purpose of the PhD is advancing new materials for use in molecular biology and immunology.

Responsibilities and qualifications
Your overall focus will be advancing new materials for use in molecular biology. This entails synthesis, in vitro testing, as well as pre-clinical evaluation in animal models. The project is interdisciplinary in nature, and the successful applicant will acquire a diverse set of skills, and have the opportunity to explore interests in polymer synthesis, assay development, immunology, and biostatistics.

Specifically, the work will involve:

  • Organic synthesis
  • Assaying polymers for lipid nanodisc formation capabilities by in vitro models .
  • Pre-clinical testing in murine models.
  • Teach and supervise BSc and MSc student projects.

The successful candidate will have a degree in chemistry, molecular biology, or materials science with outstanding results. The candidate should have thoroughly documented laboratory experience from either an organic chemistry setting, or a molecular biology setting. Statistical training and programming experience is an advantage.

You must 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.

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 Assistant Professor, Johan Ulrik Lind, Assistant Professor Leticia Hosta-Rigau and Researcher Anton A. A. Autzen. 

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 upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years, with start on the 1st of October, 2021. 

You can read more about career paths at DTU here . 

Further information
Further information may be obtained from the main supervisor, Anton A. A. Autzen, aaas(at) 

You can read more about DTU Health Tech at . 

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark

Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than the 28 May 2021 (Danish 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 )

You may apply prior to obtaining your master's degree but cannot begin before having received it.

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

DTU Health Tech engages in research, education, and innovation base on technical and natural science for the healthcare sector. The Healthcare sector is a globally expanding market with demands for the most advanced technological solutions. DTU Health Tech creates the foundation for companies to develop new and innovative services and products which benefit people and create value for society. DTU Health Techs expertise spans from imaging and biosensor techniques, across digital health and biological modelling, to biopharma technologies. The department has a scientific staff of about 175 persons, 130 PhD students and a technical/administrative support staff of about 80 persons.

Technology for people
DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 12,900 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. Our main campus is in Kgs. Lyngby north of Copenhagen and we have campuses in Roskilde and Ballerup and in Sisimiut in Greenland.

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