Two Doctoral student in Food and Formulation Engineering (PA2019/1923)

Updated: 21 days ago
Deadline: 28 Jun 2019

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Two Doctoral student in Food and Formulation Engineering with focus on formulation of protein drugs.

Subject description
The subject covers experimental and theoretical studies based on science and engineering aiming to address issues of relevance to the food industry, the pharmaceutical industry and adjacent business sectors, and systems aspects of the production and consumption of food in society.

Project description- NextBioform
The two announced positions will focus on the formulation of liquid protein drugs. The projects will be linked to the NextBioform competence centrum.

Many biological functional pharmaceuticals never reach the market due to poor stability or storage. NextBioForm is the centre that enables new and improved formulations which will bring active biopharmaceuticals to the patients. NextBioForm will build a sustainable platform for innovation, the development of formulations and process techniques for pharmaceuticals based on biologically active substances.

The aim for NextBioForm is improved pharmaceuticals from a patient- and health care perspective, as well as a strengthened innovation capability.

Work duties
The main duties of doctoral students are to devote themselves to their research studies which includes participating in research projects and third cycle courses. The work duties will also  teaching and other departmental duties (no more than 20%).  

In these pHD projects the students will also be involved in the NextBioform competence center and active particpation in center activities will be one of the duities of the students. This includes collaboration with other partners in the centre and presenting the PhD project at center meetings.

Admission requirements
A person meets the general admission requirements for third-cycle courses and study programmes if he or she:

  • has been awarded a second-cycle qualification, or
  • has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second cycle, or
  • has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

A person meets the specific admission requirements for third cycle studies in Food and Formulation Engineering if he or she has:

  • at least 60 credits in the subject of the third-cycle programme, of which at least 30 credits are from second-cycle courses of relevance to the subject and 30 credits from a second-cycle degree project of relevance to the subject, or
  • an MSc in Engineering, a one-year Master’s degree or other comparable degree of relevance to the field.

 Additional requirements:

  • Very good oral and written proficiency in English.
  • Good laborative skills

Assessment criteria
Selection for third-cycle studies is based on the student’s potential to profit from such studies. The assessment of potential is made primarily on the basis of academic results from the first and second cycle. Special attention is paid to the following:

  • Knowledge and skills relevant to the thesis project and the subject of study.
  • An assessment of ability to work independently and to formulate and tackle research problems.
  • Written and oral communication skills
  • Other experience relevant to the third-cycle studies, e.g. professional experience.
  • Other assessment criteria:

    • Good skills in collaborating with industry
    • Knowledge in one or more of the following Technologies: NMR, AF4, neutron scattering, DLS, CD, ITC
    • Skills in some of the following: pharmaceutical formulation, characterisation of protein and peptides, or competence in the area of surface and colloid chemistry

    Consideration will also be given to good collaborative skills, drive and independence, and how the applicant, through his or her experience and skills, is deemed to have the abilities necessary for successfully completing the third cycle programme.

    Terms of employment
    Only those admitted to third cycle studies may be appointed to a doctoral studentship. Third cycle studies at LTH consist of full-time studies for 4 years. A doctoral studentship is a fixed-term employment of a maximum of 5 years (including 20% departmental duties). Doctoral studentships are regulated in the Higher Education Ordinance (1993:100), chapter 5, 1-7 §§.

    Instructions on how to apply
    Applications shall be written in English and include a cover letter stating the reasons why you are interested in the position and in what way the research project corresponds to your interests and educational background. The application must also contain a CV, degree certificate or equivalent, and other documents you wish to be considered (grade transcripts, contact information for your references, letters of recommendation, etc.).


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