Postdoctoral fellowship on protein materials for drug delivery

A three-year postdoctoral fellowship on protein micro- and nanomaterials for drug delivery is available from 15 December 2020 at the Department of Pharmacy at the University of Copenhagen (UCPH) in Denmark.

The fellowship will be part of a 5-year research project (2018-2023) titled “Protein Superstructures as Smart Biomaterials (ProSmart)”, financed by a “Villum Young Investigator Grant” to Associate Professor Vito Foderà (team website and research profile at UCPH). The project will be based at the excellent research environment of the Department of Pharmacy at the University of Copenhagen and in collaboration with the “Center for Biopharmaceuticals and Biobarriers in Drug Delivery” (

The Department of Pharmacy at the University of Copenhagen is devoted to research and research-based teaching in drug formulation and manufacturing, drug-related analytical and physical chemistry, drug metabolism, chemical toxicology and medicines use. The Department plays a key role in advancing the pharmaceutical sciences in Denmark and internationally. The scientific and teaching objectives of the Department encompass the areas of Pharmaceutical Technology and Engineering; Advanced Drug Analysis; Pharmaceutical Design and Drug Delivery; Biologics; and Clinical and Social Pharmacy. Read more about Department of Pharmacy at

Project overview and job description

Biomaterials are expected to play a major contribution to the manufacturing of pharmaceuticals as well as for applications in tissue engineering, bio-sensing and drug delivery. In connection to these fields, having tunable materials whose properties can be rationally controlled is necessary and still remains a major challenge. The project has as a main objective to develop a platform for the rational design of highly tunable protein-based materials for drug delivery.

The Postdoc´s duties will primarily include research, including obligations with regard to publication/scientific communication, grant writing, PhD and MSc students co-supervisions within the area of protein stability and drug delivery, and research-based teaching.

The successful applicant will specifically work on the design/generation of soft matter-like structures (mainly protein-based) as drug delivery systems, for, but not limited to, oral, cutaneous and injectable delivery. Together with researchers in our international team, the successful applicant will generate novel tunable carriers and test them in relevant in vitro and in vivo systems. He/she will work closely with a PhD student (focusing on protein aggregation kinetics and generation of protein self-assembled structures) and an Assistant Professor (mainly working on enzymatic activities of controlled self-assembled systems). We strive for excellence, and in this interdisciplinary field both out-of-the-box ideas and collaborative skills are important.

Required Qualifications

In connection with the appointment special importance will be attached to the applicant having the professional and personal qualifications stated below:

  • Documented scientific qualifications such as a Ph.D. or equivalent in biology, pharmaceutical sciences, nanotechnology, (bio)physics, (bio)chemistry or related areas.
  • At least one first-author publications in respectable peer-review international journals.
  • Excellent English speaking, reading and writing skills.
  • Creativity and ability to be both team-oriented and independent
  • Capability of working at the interface between different disciplines
  • Embrace of an international research environment

Preferred Qualifications

We are looking for a highly motivated, academic-oriented scientist with the attitude towards quantitative analysis of the experimental data. The ideal candidate should also have a strong background in/hands-on research experience within one or several of the fields mentioned below:

  • Design and test protein-based drug delivery systems
  • Cell culturing and cell studies
  • Studies on drug delivery into and through tissue
  • Protein science and biophysical characterization of protein samples
  • Microscopy-based techniques
  • Methods to realize material from protein self-assembly (e.g., electrospinning, electrospray, protein-protein interactions in bulk or equivalent)

Highly motivated and ambitious candidates are encouraged to apply. Solid experience and an excellent track record gained in the field of protein science and drug delivery will be considered a distinct advantage. We encourage all the qualified individuals- regardless of their personal background and status - to apply.

Further information

For further information, please contact Associate Professor Vito Foderà (, tel. +45 35336131).

Terms of employment

The terms of employment and payment are according to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State. As an equal opportunities employer, the University of Copenhagen encourages all qualified applicants to apply, regardless of gender, age, religion and ethnic origin. The period of employment as post doc will be limited to 3 years.


Applications should include the following parts:

1) application in the form of a cover letter indicating the motivation, interest in and qualifications for the project (max 2 pages).

2) curriculum vitae, including the names, e-mails, telephone numbers and addresses of at least 2 referees.

3) Recommendation letter(s).

4) copies of relevant diplomas (e.g. education, teaching and additional research qualifications)

5) a complete list of publications indicating articles relevant to the position, including copies of these articles (max. 5)

The parts must be clearly labeled with the above-mentioned numbers. Send your application with the above mentioned appendices electronically by clicking the ´Apply online´ below. We only accept electronic applications.

Deadline for application is 6 October 2020 at 11:59 PM CET. Applications received after the deadline, not using the online application form, or not including the required documents will not be considered.

Application procedure

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointments Committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an expert assessment committee. Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee and each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself. You can read about the recruitment process at

Selected candidates will be called for interviews that will be held by the end of October/beginning of November 2020. An answer as to the granting of the fellowship can be expected soon after the interviews.



Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.


Application deadline: 06-10-2020
Employment start: 15-12-2020
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Department of Pharmacy

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