The University of Copenhagen is looking for a positively motivate candidate for a PhD Position. This PhD Position in Pharmaceutical Science is available for the academic session 2021-2022. If you think this position is the next step in your career, you can apply for this excellent opportunity.
|Scholarship Sponsor||University of Copenhagen|
|Scholarships level||PhD Position|
|Award Amount||€2,395 and increases to €3,061|
|Fellowship Period||Three years|
|Study area||Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pharmacology|
|Opening date||February 25, 2021|
|Closing date||March 05, 2021|
The current PhD opportunity is supported by the Top Sector AgriFood project titled “Predictive model for the sensitising capacity of novel nutritional proteins” within a consortium of three public and five private partners.
It is estimated that by 2050, 1,100 million tons of food will be needed annually to feed every mouth on earth. As a result, agricultural land worldwide is being depleted and the production of animal proteins – read livestock farming – is under tremendous pressure because of the extensive damage it causes to the environment. So new, sustainable sources must be tapped to produce our food. A complicating factor is that by 2025, 50 per cent of Europeans will have some form of allergy.
At least, that is the prediction of the European Academy for Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI). The new proteins to be produced must, therefore, be safe and not initiate allergic reactions or develop new allergies!
To address this need, the people involved in this project will develop cell-based models to predict the immunogenic and allergenic properties of (novel) proteins and products derived thereof. The models will be based on an existing adverse outcome pathway (AOP) analysis and validated by computational modelling of experimental, clinical, and literature data of molecular events in allergic sensitisation. These models are intended to be used in food manufacturing focused on the product’s safety for the potentially allergic and/or immune imbalanced individual.
As a PhD student, you will contribute to developing advanced in vitro models based on an epithelial cell layer, antigen-presenting cells (DCs/Mo), T cells, and B cells. Two models will be set up: a skin AOP model and an intestinal AOP model. The next step will be to miniaturise the individual skin- and intestinal cell models, coupled to create an integrated skin-gut-immune-axis-on-a-chip model.
Finally, this model will be validated and fine-tuned using selected test components. Within the consortium, you will collaborate closely with partners from Wageningen Food & Biobased Research, Erasmus University Medical Center Rotterdam, as well as private partners from the food industry.
The deadline for applications is March 05, 2021
We are looking for a PhD candidate who has the expertise to tackle one or more of the above-described challenges. You have a Master’s degree in one of the life sciences programmes, such as fabrication, regenerative medicine and technologies, pharmaceutical sciences, or biomedical sciences, and you demonstrate a strong desire to translate experimental findings into clinical relevance.
We would like to hear from you if you think this position is the next step in your career and if you have:
- An MSc in a field that is closely related to this position
- Excellent written and oral proficiency in English
- Experience in 3D cell culturing and biofabrication techniques
- The ability and enthusiasm for working both independently and collaboratively in a highly multidisciplinary environment
- A team player spirit
- Hands-on microfluidics experience (considered a plus, but not essential at the start)
Ideally, you also have:
- Experience in microfluidics;
- Good knowledge of immunology;
- Excellent writing skills.
- The opportunity to become part of a dedicated and collaborative team of scientists
- A full-time position for four years
- A full-time gross salary that starts at €2,395 and increases to €3,061 per month in the fourth year (scale P of the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities (CAO))
- Benefits including 8% holiday bonus and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
- Outstanding secondary benefits include a pension plan, partially paid parental leave, flexible employment conditions, external link based on the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities.
In addition to the employment conditions laid down in the CAO for Dutch Universities, Utrecht University has many of its arrangements. For example, there are agreements on professional development, leave performances and sports. We also allow you to expand your terms of employment yourself via the Employment Conditions Selection Model. This is how we like to encourage you to continue to grow.
About the organisation
Utrecht University, a friendly and ambitious university at the heart of an ancient city. We love to welcome new scientists to our city – a thriving cultural hub consistently rated as one of the world’s happiest cities. We are renowned for our innovative interdisciplinary research and our emphasis on inspirational research and excellent education. We are equally well-known for our familiar atmosphere and the can-do mentality of our people.
This lively and inspiring academic environment attracts Professors, Researchers, and PhD candidates from all over the globe, making both the university and the Faculty of Science a vibrant international and wonderfully diverse community.
At the Faculty of Science, there are six departments to make a fundamental connection with Biology, Chemistry, Information and Computing Sciences, Mathematics, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Physics. Each of these is made up of different institutes that work together to focus on answering some of humanity’s most pressing problems. More fundamental still are the individual research groups – the building blocks of our ambitious scientific projects.
You will be working in the Experimental Pharmacology group focused on regenerative pharmacology and disease modelling within the Pharmacology division, headed by Professor Garssen. The division’s research focuses on the basic mechanisms underlying, mostly, but not exclusively, non-communicable disorders (NCD) and their pharmacological manipulations via drugs, vaccines, biologicals, and/or medical food components.
Their objective is to gain more in-depth insight into the pathways in which cells and mediators of the immune and/or central nervous systems interact, aimed at developing new concepts for prevention and/or treatment with a strong focus on inflammation management and organ function restoration.
Everyone deserves to feel at home at our university. We welcome employees with a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives. If you have the expertise and the experience to excel in this role then simply respond via the “Apply now” button. Please enclose:
- Your letter of motivation
- Your curriculum vitae
- The names, telephone numbers, and email addresses of at least two references
- A copy of your MSc certificate or a letter from your university stating when your graduation will take place
If this specific opportunity isn’t for you, but you know someone interested, please forward the link to them.