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Postdoc position in Chemistry, Biophysics, Pharmaceutics – DTU Health Tech, Denmark, 2022

Denmark, Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

DTU Health Tech is looking for a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher to join the ocular drug delivery research group, led by Assoc. Prof. Andrew Urquhart, to work on light driven nanocarrier transport within the eye.

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General Info

Position: Postdoc position
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , ,
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 2 Years
Salary: According to Standard Norms

DTU Health Tech
Technical University of Denmark
Technical University of Denmark (DTU)
Lyngby, Denmark

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Qualification Details

You must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent) in a physical science (e.g. chemistry, biophysics, pharmaceutics etc.) with a focus on nanocarrier drug delivery systems. You will have the following qualifications:

  • Extensive knowledge of lipidic and protein based nanocarriers.
  • Experience with lipidic and/or protein nanocarrier synthesis and functionalization (e.g. antibody conjugation, fluorophore conjugation etc.)
  • Experience with liquid chromatography and dynamic light scattering techniques.
  • Experience within ocular drug delivery, tissue handling and/or mass spectrometry is an advantage.

Responsibilities/Job Description

Your overall focus will be the design, synthesis and characterization of lipid and protein based nanocarriers. Nanocarriers will be labelled with appropriate markers (e.g. fluorophores) and loaded with small molecule drugs or biologics. You will work with collaborators and their corresponding research teams. Your primary tasks will be:

  • Design, synthesis, functionalization and characterization of lipid and protein based nanocarriers.
  • Conduct data analysis and disseminate results in peer reviewed research articles.
  • Provide input in the evaluation of project data.
  • Clearly communicate, document and store results obtained.
  • Support optofluidic, ex vivo eye models and modelling experiments. This will involve providing samples, working alongside collaborators (e.g. in data collection) and potentially learning to perform experiments in these areas.
  • Co-supervise BSc, MSc and PhD students in the ocular drug delivery group.

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Documents Required

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:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications

About the Project

We are exploring the potential of laser light as a mechanism to drive nanocarriers to the retina and optic nerve. This ambitious and challenging interdisciplinary project is a collaboration between Prof. Anders Kristen (optofluidics), Assoc. Prof Jonas Pedersen (physical modelling) and Assoc. Prof. Andrew Urquhart (ocular drug delivery).  We believe that our technology has the potential to revolutionize the treatment of vision threatening diseases such as diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration. The successful candidate will join the ocular drug delivery research group working predominantly on nanocarrier design, synthesis and characterization. There will be interdisciplinary research aspects involving optofluidics, ex vivo eye models and modelling. As such, the successful candidate will possess an interdisciplinary mindset with a personal drive to learn new fields of scientific research. This position holds a unique opportunity to drive a new technology that holds considerable potential in ocular drug delivery research and patient healthcare.

About the Department

DTU Health Tech engages in research, education and innovation based on technical and natural science for the healthcare sector. The healthcare sector is a globally expanding market with demands for the most advanced technical 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 Tech’s expertise spans imaging and biosensor techniques, across digital health and biological modelling, to biopharma technologies. The department has a scientific staff of about 210 persons, 130 PhD students and a technical/administrative support staff of about 160 persons, of which a large majority contributes to our research infrastructure and related commercial activities.

About the Employer: Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

Note or Other details

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.

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 2 years.

You can read more about DTU Health Tech at and the Ocular Drug Delivery Group here.

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

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Contact details

Further information may be obtained from Associate Professor Andrew Urquhart (, +45 4525 8169).

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