Ph.D PhD Scholarship in Pharmaceutics or Environmental Chemistry

at University of Southern Denmark in Denmark

One PhD mobility scholarship within the areas listed above is available at the Department of Physics, Chemistry and Pharmacy as from 1 May, 2012 or shortly thereafter.

This mobility scholarship is intended for students, who are not currently enrolled at or have not previously obtained a degree from the University of Southern Denmark. Applicants with a Master’s degree may apply. A PhD project defined in collaboration with one of the two supervisors listed below is an integral part of the application.

The Department of Physics, Chemistry and Pharmacy employs 36 tenure researchers covering a wide scientific area within life sciences within which the department has several cross-disciplinary activities.

A PhD study at the Faculty of Science is a three-year programme which requires a Master’s degree. The application should include a short proposal outlining a research project within the areas of “Chemical Lake Restoration” or “Drug Transport & Delivery” as described in detail below. This proposal must be written in collaboration with Associate Professor Ulla Gro Nielsen or Professor Martin Brand, respectively.

PhD Project: Chemical Lake Restoration
We have an opening for a PhD project to work on phosphate remediation in freshwater bodies using physical, analytical and environmental chemistry. This interdisciplinary project involves researchers at the Department of Physics, Chemistry, and Pharmacy (PCP) and Centre for Lake Restoration (CLEAR), Institute of Biology, University of Southern Denmark. The project aims at achieving a molecular level understanding of current and potentially new inorganic materials used to restore freshwater systems. This project will investigate how the chemical structure of these materials dictate their ability to selectively sequester phosphate and further study the stability of the products in the environment. The project combines analytical chemistry with NMR spectroscopy (liquid and solid state) with limnology.

The candidate must have a strong interest in employing inorganic chemistry and experimental characterization techniques to solve environmental problems in freshwater biology. He/she is expected to have a Master’s degree in chemistry or a closely related degree with significant chemistry curriculum e.g. through course or thesis work. The applicant should be highly motivated, independent and able to work in an interdisciplinary environment. Travel to international research facilities and field trips are an integral part of the project.

The PhD candidate will be employed at the Department of Physics, Chemistry and Pharmacy, University of Southern Denmark with Ulla Gro Nielsen as the main supervisor and Kasper Reitzel (Biology) as co-supervisor. Please contact Associate Professor Ulla Gro Nielsen ( for more information.

PhD Project: Drug Transport & Delivery
The successful candidate will conduct a PhD project within drug transport and delivery, more precisely dealing with drugs of limited solubility and/or oral bioavailability as well as formulation strategies to overcome such challenges. The project includes investigation into solubility, dissolution and in-vitro permeability properties of drugs, by using approaches developed in our team, as well as novel NMR- methods currently under development. Our aim is to better understand the mechanisms behind bioavailability-improvement especially of solubility-enhancing formulations.

The candidate is expected to have a Master’s degree in pharmacy or pharmaceutical sciences. He/she should have a strong interest in physicochemical, analytical and cell-culture techniques. Candidates with a solid background in physical pharmacy, formulation design or bio-pharmaceutics will be preferred. The applicant should be reliable and interested in working within an interdisciplinary and international team. Integral part of the project is the exchange with research partners abroad.

The PhD candidate will be employed at the Department of Physics, Chemistry and Pharmacy, University of Southern Denmark with Martin Brandl as the main supervisor and Paul Stein as co-supervisor. Please contact Professor Martin Brandl ( for more information.

The applications are evaluated based on a number of criteria, including the quality of the applicant (publications, grades, references, etc.) and the quality of the project in consideration to the strategic research areas of the department.

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 of 1 October 2008 on salaried PhD scholars between the Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations).

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 encourages all persons interested in the position to apply, regardless of their age, gender, religious affiliation or ethnic background.

Application must be made in the form of a Declaration of Interest including the following:

  • A letter stating your specific interest, motivation and qualifications for the project in question (max. two pages)
  • A 200 word summary of the PhD project as agreed with supervisor
  • Detailed CV, including personal contact information
  • Certified copy of diploma
  • At least two signed reference letters

All applications should be marked: “Job ID 123002”.

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

Applications must be forwarded by e-mail (in Adobe PDF format alternatively Word 2003 or newer format) to sciencejobs(at)

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

Employment starts: 1 May, 2012
Closing date 1 March, 2012 at 12 noon
Location: Odense

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