PhD Position in Long-acting Injectable Formulations at the Department of Physics, Chemistry, and Pharmacy in the pharmacy research group.

A PhD position within formulation of long-acting injectable formulations is available at the Department of Physics, Chemistry, and Pharmacy in the pharmacy research group.

Starting date: 1 September 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter.
Application deadline: 1 August 2022.

Project background
Long-acting injectables (LAIs) are a drug formulation option that provides a slow, sustained release of the active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) after administration. LAI formulations have several advantages relative to classical oral formulations, including reduced frequency of administration, enhanced therapy adherence and patient compliance, and potentially also a lower level of adverse effects when these are associated with peak plasma concentrations. Experience from the antipsychotic area has shown that these attributes of the LAIs often lead to improved therapeutical effect, whereby the formulation approach provides improved quality of life for the patients using them.

The first LAI products were approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the 1950s, including formulations based on oil solutions and aqueous suspensions. Some products have been approved since them, but from 2000 and onwards a larger amount of LAI products have been approved in multiple different therapeutical areas. LAIs are particularly relevant in areas with longer or chronical treatment, such as schizophrenia, hormone replacement therapies, immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and tuberculosis. There is no agreed classification of the different LAIs in the academical literature, however, they can roughly be categorized into four main formulation classes, with some special systems not falling into any of these categories.

The focus of this project is to combine different modalities into the same formulation, while still obtaining a long term release, i.e. the purpose of the project would be to identify ways to combine different technologies to obtained a longer term release for both molecules.

We are looking for a candidate with a strong interest in working on the boundary between pharmacy and chemistry focused on formulation design for long acting injectables and characterisation of these. The candidate will hold an MSc in pharmacy, chemistry, or a closely related area. Previous experience with one or more of the following is considered an advantage: formulation design of LAIs, pharmacokinetic analysis, in vitro dissolution.

The candidate must be independent and fluent in both oral and written English.

For further information about the position please contact Professor René Holm (

The Department of Physics, Chemistry and Pharmacy is one of four departments at the Faculty of Science, SDU and is located in Odense. The Department of Physics, Chemistry and Pharmacy is a department focused on basic research. We are happy to move beyond traditional disciplines and work to develop new technologies and sciences across physics, chemistry, pharmacy, mathematics, computer science and biology. The department’s research thus contributes to new knowledge and solutions with applications in the areas of climate, environment, energy, and health.

Application, salary etc.
Appointment as a PhD Research Fellow is for three years. Employment stops automatically at the end of the period. The holder of the scholarship is not allowed to have other paid employment during the three-year period.

The successful applicant will be employed in accordance with the agreement on salaried PhD scholars between the Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). Please check links for more information on salary and taxation.

The successful candidate will be enrolled at this university in accordance with faculty regulations and the Danish Ministerial Order on the PhD Programme at the Universities (PhD order).

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Application must be made in the form of a Declaration of Interest including the following:
• A research proposal/description of your approach to the above project (max one page excluding references)
• A letter stating your specific interest, motivation and qualifications for the project in question (max. two pages) (please attach this under box “Application form”)
• Detailed CV, including personal contact information
• Copies of diplomas, Bachelor as well as Master’s degree, including transcript of notes/grades
• At least two signed reference letters. Should your referees wish to send their letters directly to us, please have them use e-mail: mentioning your name and the title of the position in the subject line. And please note that these also need to reach us before deadline.

Shortlisting may be used in the assessment process.

Further information about the PhD-study can be found at the homepage of the University.

Applications must be submitted electronically using the link “Apply online”. Attached files must be in Adobe PDF or Word format. Each box can only contain a single file of max. 10 Mb. We strongly recommend that you read How to apply before you apply.

Incomplete applications and applications received after the deadline will neither be considered nor evaluated. This also applies to reference letters.

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Deadline 2022-Aug-01

You can apply for the job at Faculty of Science by completing the application form


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