Postdoctoral position in drug delivery

Uppsala University

Application deadline

November 13, 2020

Postdoctoral position in drug delivery

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our mission is to pursue top-quality research and education and to interact constructively with society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has 46.000 students, 7.300 employees and a turnover of SEK 7.3 billion.

The Department of Pharmacy at Uppsala University is an interdisciplinary environment at the center of the pharmaceutical arena. With frontline research, first-class education and extensive collaborations we constitute a driving force in the development of our academic field. In this inspiring environment our rich diversity of research groups, several of international prominence, develop and conduct work of great scientific importance. Among our core competences are computational modelling and simulations, in vitro ADME models, advanced in vivo methods and societal aspects from optimizing the use of drugs in individuals to societal pharmaceutical policies. Together, we form a unique cluster of academic competences within pharmaceutical sciences, playing a key role in shaping the future of pharmacy in both Sweden and globally.

More information: Farmaci

Duties/Project description:

100% post-doctoral research fellow. The post-doctoral fellow will primarily devote his/her time to experimental research work.

The project is linked to the Swedish Drug Delivery Center (SweDeliver), a world leading research forum with focus on new strategies for parenteral, oral and pulmonary drug delivery. The center unites academia and selected industrial partners to represent Scandinavian drug development and biotechnology with broad competences. Together we drive pharmaceutical research and innovation towards novel, advanced drug delivery systems. A prioritized goal of SweDeliver is to offer young scientists unique possibilities for training and career development. As a postdoctoral fellow in SweDeliver you work at the pharmaceutical faculty of Uppsala University – the academic hub of the center – together with colleagues in the research group for Molecular Pharmaceutics at the Department of Pharmacy.

More information: Swedeliver

The Postdoctoral fellow will work in the field of enabling drug formulations, within the project Local intestinal generation of transient permeability enhancers by digestion of lipid formulations. Oral delivery of hydrophilic macromolecules such as peptides remains a major challenge to formulation scientists due to their inherent poor stability in the gut as well as their low intestinal permeability. Thus, current oral peptide dosage forms suffer from very poor bioavailability and high patient variability. Several strategies have been proposed to overcome these hurdles including the use of transient permeation enhancers (TPEs) such as medium chain fatty acids and self-emulsifying drug delivery systems (SEDDs).

The overall purpose of the project is to develop SEDDs-based peptide formulations that incorporate lipid excipients. The digestion of these lipid excipients will generate fatty acids that will act as TPEs. This will result in continuous and simultaneous release of TPEs and peptide at high concentrations to the intestinal wall. Using state-of-the-art experimental in vitro methods such as a simultaneous digestion-permeation device established at Uppsala University, the postdoctoral fellow will study the TPE generating capacity of the SEDDs using commercially available lipid precursors. The project thus aims to systematically design functional peptide formulations to gain mechanistic understanding of the interplay of lipid excipients, peptides and physiological conditions in the intestine. This could potentially improve oral bioavailability of peptide drugs.

The scientific focus areas of this project are: Drug Delivery • Oral Peptide Delivery • Lipid-based formulations • Digestion-permeation models • Self-emulsifying drug delivery systems • Transient permeation enhancers

Requirements: To qualify for an employment as a postdoctor you must have a PhD degree or a foreign degree equivalent to a PhD degree in Pharmacy, Chemical or Biochemical Engineering, Chemistry or other relevant area. The PhD degree must have been obtained no more than three years prior to the application deadline. The three year period can be extended due to circumstances such as sick leave, parental leave, duties in labour unions, etc.

You must be able to work independently and take own initiatives, but also as part of a team and in collaboration with industrial partners within SweDeliver. Emphasis is placed on personal suitability. The applicant must also have good communication skills in English, both written and oral, due to the highly international work environment.

Additional qualifications: Previous experience working with lipid-based formulations, oral delivery of macromolecules or cell-based permeation studies is beneficial.

How to apply: The application, preferably written in English, should be submitted via the application portal of Uppsala University and contain the following:

  • a CV including a complete list of publications,
  • a personal letter in which the applicant describes her- or himself, motivates why she/he has applied for the position, states relevant qualifications and indicates research interests and plans for the future,
  • contact details of at least two references (email and telephone number),
  • authorized copies of relevant certificates, degrees and grades, and
  • copies of the three most important publications that the applicant wants to invoke.

Salary: Individual salary.
Starting date: 01-02-2021 or as otherwise agreed.

Type of employment: Temporary position according to central collective agreement.

Scope of employment: 100 %

For further information about the position please contact: Associate Professor Alexandra Teleki, email

Please submit your application by 13 November 2020, UFV-PA 2020/3637.

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Placement: Department of Pharmacy

Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months

Pay: Fixed salary

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100%

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: Seko Universitetsklubben 

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2020/3637

Last application date: 2020-11-13

Last updated: 2020-11-04

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