PhD Fellowships in Biointerfaces
University of Copenhagen Department of Pharmacy

PhD fellowships in Biointerfaces

Department of Pharmacy

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences (SUND)

University of Copenhagen

We are offering two three-year PhD fellowships in Biointerfaces. The PhD fellowships are financed by the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences. The fellowships are available from 1 October 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Project descriptions

The two positions are on different aspects of the interface between particles and the gut.

The first position is focused on the structural attributes of the interface between particles and gastrointestinal fluids, answering questions around how the structure of the underlying particle influences formation of the interface. The project will include training in and utilization of advanced physical characterization techniques with a focus on scattering techniques at major research facilities (synchrotron X-ray and neutron scattering facilities).

The second position is focused on the compositional aspects of the interface - what are the molecular contributors to material at the interface and how this changes with different underlying particle structures and compositions. The candidate will receive training in advanced microscopy and analytical techniques (proteomics and lipidomics).

Principal supervisor

Professor Benjamin Boyd, Department of Pharmacy
E-mail:, direct phone: +61418174388.

Our group and research

The Structured Biointerfaces group is a newly formed research group within the Department of Pharmacy led by Professor Ben J. Boyd who recently was awarded a Novo Nordisk Laureate Research Fellowship. The group aims to improve the understanding of the surface of particles in physiological environments for improved performance of formulated products across a range of fields including the pharmaceutical and food industries. We are in an establishment phase and will increase in size to form a team with 4-5 postdoctoral researchers and 4-5 PhD students. Personal and professional development are key ambitions which reinforce our team approach to our science. We value individual input and opinion to help the team to grow.

Our department

The mission of Department of Pharmacy is to advance the pharmaceutical sciences by performing drug-related research and research-based teaching in topics including pharmaceutical technology and formulation, drug delivery, advanced drug analysis, and clinical and social pharmacy.

Information about the Department can be found at

Job description

Your key tasks as a PhD fellow at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences are to:

  • Carry through an independent research project under supervision
  • Complete PhD courses or other equivalent education corresponding to approx. 30 ECTS points
  • Participate in active research environments including a stay at another research institution, preferably abroad
  • Obtain experience with teaching or other types of dissemination related to your PhD project
  • Participate in the undergraduate teaching of students in pharmaceutical sciences
  • Participate in national and international conferences and scientific meetings
  • Actively seek to publish your research findings as they mature
  • Write a PhD thesis on the grounds of your research project

Required qualifications

As an applicant you must have:

  • qualifications corresponding to a master’s degree in physical chemistry, physics, chemical engineering (for first position), analytical chemistry, proteomics, lipidomics, glycomics or related areas (second position) prior to the starting date
  • Fluency in English and excellent communication skills

Preferred qualifications

  • First position: Experience in light, X-ray and/or neutron scattering studies
  • Experience in cryo-electron microscopy
  • Preparation of proposals for studies at major facilities
  • Second position:
  • Experience in spectroscopic techniques and/or microscopy e.g. Raman microscopy
  • Experience in advanced chromatography e.g.LC-MS/MS

Key criteria for the assessment of applicants

  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD project
  • Relevant work experience
  • Publications
  • The grade point average achieved
  • Other professional activities
  • Language skills
  • The successful applicant is also required to be enterprising and to possess good interpersonal skills

Terms of employment

The employment as PhD fellow is full time and for 3 years.

It is conditioned upon the applicant’s successful enrolment as a PhD student at the Graduate School at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. This requires submission and acceptance of an application for the specific project to the Graduate School of Health and Medical Sciences.

The PhD study must be completed in accordance with The Ministerial Order on the PhD programme (2013) and the Faculty’s rules on achieving the degree.

The PhD student is expected to be affiliated to the graduate programme in pharmaceutical sciences, Drug Research Academy.

Salary, pension and terms of employment are in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State. Depending on seniority, the monthly salary begins around DKK 27,568 (approx. EUR 3,676) (taxable) plus pension (February 2021 level).

Application procedure

Your application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking “Apply now” below and must include the following documents in PDF format:

  • Motivated letter of application (max. one page)
  • CV incl. education, experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position
  • Diploma and transcripts of records: Master´s degree diploma (including grade transcripts for bachelor´s and master´s degrees). If not completed, a certified/signed copy of a recent transcript of records or a written statement from the institution or supervisor will do. Applicants with a Master´s degree from abroad should also enclose a short description of the grading scale used
  • Publication list (if possible)
  • Other information to consider: References and recommendations (if possible)

The deadline for applications is Friday 20th August 2021, 23.59pm CET

We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and not to consider applications that do not live up to the abovementioned requirements.

The further process

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorised recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the hiring committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an unbiased assessor.

The assessor makes a non-prioritized assessment of the academic qualifications and experience with respect to the above-mentioned area of research, techniques, skills and other requirements listed in the advertisement.

Once the assessment work has been completed each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself.

The applicant will be assessed according to the Ministerial Order no. 242 of 13 March 2012 on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.

Interviews are expected to be held in week 6th September 2021

You can read about the recruitment process at


For further information, applicants may contact the principal supervisor, Professor Benjamin Boyd, or PhD coordinator Marianne W. Jørgensen, e-mail:, direct phone: +45 3533 6449.

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The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences comprises approximately 7500 students, 1500 PhD students and 3200 employees. The Faculty advances the field of health sciences through its core activities: research, teaching, knowledge sharing and communication. With basic research fields ranging from molecular studies to studies of society, the Faculty contributes to a healthy future through its graduates, research findings and inventions benefitting patients and the community. The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the surrounding community and invites all regardless of personal background to apply for the position. 


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: 20-08-2021
Employment start: 01-10-2021
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Department of Pharmacy

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