Postdoc in Polymer Chemistry and Microemulsions

DTU Nanotech (Department of Micro- and Naotechnology), is an international research and education nanoscience Department based at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). DTU Nanotech undertakes interdisciplinary research involving scientists from relevant areas in physics, chemistry, molecular biology and engineering.

At the Colloids & Biological Interface Group (CBIO), we are searching for a highly motivated Postdoctoral fellow with strong ambition and commitment to a productive environment. The CBIO group comprises the fields of organic synthesis, physical chemistry, biochemistry and microbiology.

Responsibilities and tasks
The research project aims to develop advanced drug delivery vehicles containing hundreds of compartments. The creation of multicompartment architectures is currently an emerging area of research. However, to date, all the reported systems containing multiple compartments have a size in the range of microns, thus, for intravenous injection and intracellular delivery, the current challenge consists in assembling systems in the submicron range. Given the tremendous complexities of potential drugs and the immense variety of human diseases, the creation of multicompartment architectures in which each compartment can be independently loaded with different biomolecules and/or drugs is envisioned to be an optimal form of drug delivery, which will create new avenues and large benefits to the pharmaceutical field. The research plan will start by the design and assembly of a library of polymeric nanoparticles with subcompartments which will be extensively characterized by high-throughput techniques.

The applicant will have a central role in developing the library by Surfactant-Free Precipitation Polymerization (SFPP) in water and will also be expected to co-supervise students.

The successful applicant will have a Ph.D. in Chemistry. Experience with SFPP and microemulsions in general, as well as a strong background in polymer chemistry is preferable. Experience in co-supervising students is also required.

We offer
We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international environment focusing on education, research, public-sector consultancy and innovation, which contribute to enhancing the economy and improving social welfare. We strive for academic excellence, collegial respect and freedom tempered by responsibility. The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is a leading technical university in northern Europe and benchmarks with the best universities in the world.

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union.

The contract will be initially for 1 year and upon a positive evaluation, it will be extended to 2.5 years.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Assistant Professor Dr. Leticia Hosta-Rigau, tel.: +45 4525 5555, email:

You can read more about the CBIO group on here.

Application procedure:
Please submit your online application no later than 23 December 2014. Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online," fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Diploma (an official translation into English)
  • List of publications

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU Nanotech - the Department of Micro- and Nanotechnology - is situated in the northern part of Copenhagen. DTU Nanotech is a centre of excellence in micro- and nanotechnology utilising sciences across the traditional boundaries of technology, thereby enabling innovative solutions for the benefit of society. DTU Nanotech has approx. 220 staff members. With 40 % international employees, the department constitutes an international environment.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and public service. Our staff of 5,700 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 10,000 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.

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